Educator Workshops

educator workshop conference

Spend a Saturday morning at La Brea Tar Pits and gain some unique experiences and skills to take back to your classroom.

Our free weekend educator workshops explore teaching techniques and methodologies that will connect your students to active science in L.A. and meet NGSS and Common Core goals!

What We Offer

From helping you explore nature and science with your students, to forming connections with natural history through art, we’ve got you covered! Participating in active research at the Tar Pits with our microfossil sorting, practicing science skills by observing insects in our Pleistocene Garden, and learning through art and play with our Paleo Puppetry Performing Arts workshop are just a few ways you can participate in our professional development opportunities for educators.

These morning workshops are designed with adult learners in mind. We use these programs to model facilitation techniques and programmatic practice by educators at the Tar Pits, introduce creative and compelling resources, activities, and lesson plans, and experience the latest discoveries and research with our Pleistocene professionals across departments, including Research and Collections, Performing Arts, Interpretation, and more! 

Space is limited; pre-registration for workshops required. Registration opens two weeks in advance of workshop date. 

Workshops for the 2019-20 school year are listed below. Dates and themes are subject to change. 
September 21, 2019 - 8:30am-12pm | Educator Open House
October 5, 2019 - 9am-12pm | Visual Thinking Strategies: From Art to Science
February 1, 2020 - 9am-12pm | Ice Age Birds
March 21, 2020 - 9am-12pm |  Paleo Puppetry Make & Take
May 2, 2020 - 9am-12pm | Urban Paleontology 
June 20, 2020 - 9am-12pm | Teacher Talk

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We also offer educator workshops at the Natural History Museum. Browse upcoming workshops at NHM.