How is it that an institution of paleontological research provides educational outreach in Earth science and natural history?
While paleontology may seem at first glance a narrow subfield of geology, it is in fact an interdisciplinary field at the interface of the Earth and life sciences. PRI does often use fossils, which are of great intrinsic interest to children and adults alike, as a point of departure for discussing a wide spectrum of concepts in natural history. PRI aims more generally, however, ot provide quality educational programming in Earth science.
What's special about PRI educational programming?
PRI educational outreach is based on the philosophy that concepts are more important than "facts", that hands-on, inquiry-based teaching is more effective than traditional lecturing, and that application to local rocks and issues is more influential than idealized textbook descriptions. This approach ot education is consistent with new national and state science education standards.
What about those of us who don't live in Central New York?
PRI offers teacher training for teachers at regional and national meetings and by arrangement, and sets up workshops and fieldtrips for teachers visiting Central New York from elsewhere. PRI is a regional training center for the new AGI high school Earth Science curriculum EarthComm. Look for Teacher Friendly Guides to Geology for other regions of the nation in the future.
Funding for PRI
PRI is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization. PRI gratefully acknowledges funding from the following sources over the past three years that have enabled PRI to offer programming:
The Paleontological Research Institution
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