2022 Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Educator Institute EBOA

2022 Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Educator Institute EBOA
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Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Educator Institute

NOTE: Public registration is now closed. If you are registering with Rialto USD/Juanita Chan, please email alix.fulham@scouting.org to complete your registration.

What: The Educator Institute is an immersive weekend retreat at Camp Emerald Bay for formal and informal educators that want to develop their competence in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) within the company of other passionate educators in an inspiring and rejuvenating coastal setting. The Institute offers a mixture of structured class time, small group discussions, and recreational activities such as hiking and snorkeling.

Theme: The theme for the 2022 Institute is Using Science and Language Arts Standards to connect to the Natural World.

Where: Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy located at Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island.

When: Friday, March 18th to Sunday, March 20th

Check-in time for the ferry is 2:00pm – 2:30pm (2:55 PM Departure) and return to the mainland Sunday is approximately 1:00pm. We will be riding the Catalina Express out of San Pedro, CA.

Who:  Formal and informal educators for all grades are invited to join. Emphasis in K-8, HS educators are welcome to reach out for more details.

Price & Stipend Information: We are thrilled to offer $500 stipends for up to 20 educators thanks to a generous grant from the Breech Foundation. The grant also covers the fees associated with attending the weekend. Those interested in receiving the stipend will be required to complete a W9 form as it is a taxable stipend. Checks will be mailed after the completion of the Institute. Use code “STIPEND” at checkout.

For those who would prefer to pay instead of receiving the stipend, the cost of the institute is $250 which includes boat transportation.

COVID: In an effort to keep all participants safe we ask that all those attending be fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test (taken within 72hrs prior to arrival for PCR or within 24hrs prior to arrival for Rapid Antigen.)  

Lodging: Cabins are 8-person bunk style cabins. Rustic but with electricity. Participants should plan to bring sleeping bag/ bedding and a pillow. 2-person platform tents with cots/mattresses are also an option if an Educator would like their own private tent.

Questions: For logistics, please email alix.fulham@scouting.org. For content, please email burton.miller@scouting.org.


Tentative Schedule

*Schedule subject to change*


2:00 – 2:30 PM: Check in for Ferry (Catalina Express San Pedro – Berth 95)

2:55 PM: Catalina Express Ferry Departs from San Pedro

4:10 PM: Catalina Express Arrival to Two Harbors

4:30 – 5:00 PM: Shore Boat to Camp Emerald Bay

5:00 – 6:30 PM: Cabin Assignments & Opening Circle

6:30 PM: Dinner

8:00 PM: Group Session #1: Starting with Natural Phenomena: Using naturally occurring phenomena we will celebrate curiosity and constructive curiosity practices, and how to transition these practices into your classroom. 

9:30 PM: Free time, return to cabins


7:30 AM: Breakfast 

8:30 AM - Group Session #2 - Integrative Practices: Reinforcing shared practices between Language Arts and Science. We will explore how activities and lessons can be facilitated in a way that emphasizes the inherent connection between language arts skills and science content. We will model entire group activities and break down key pedagogical practices. We will end with an overview of the current body of researched evidence.

10:00 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Managing Outdoor Learning Spaces with Social Emotional Learning

12:00 PM: Break

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30: Claims, Evidence, Reasoning in the Pennington Marine Science Center

2:30 PM: Free Time (Snorkel, hike, paddle, rest)

5:45 PM: Group Circle

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:00 – 8:30 PM: Small Groups Workshop / Affinity Groups

9:00 PM: Star Hike



7:00 AM: Pack Up & Clean Cabins

7:30 AM: Breakfast 

8:00 AM: Group Hike/Stroll: “Putting it All Together” & Final Share-Outs

10:15 AM: Line Up on Pier

10:30 AM: Shore Boat Departs Emerald Bay

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Catalina Express from Two Harbors to San Pedro

Contact E-mail
$250.00 per Participant

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, please e-mail: WLACC

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