I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don’t know where to start!

Educator Professional Development Workshop

Target Audience:

Middle & High School science and social studies


Don Duggan-Haas & Rob Ross, Museum of the Earth

Instructional Outcomes

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the Marcellus Shale and the larger energy system from technological, environmental, geological, geographical, economic, and cultural perspectives.
  • Gain access to the Museum of the Earth’s large and growing set of evidence-based resources for learning and teaching about the Marcellus Shale and the broader energy system including the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale; Google Earth tours; Prezis; and more.
  • Describe the Marcellus Shale and provide an overview of its importance geologically, environmentally and economically.
  • Describe New York State’s energy system and ways in which it is changing.
  • Enhance skills related to teaching about controversial issues.

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PRI’s Marcellus outreach does not advocate for or against drilling, and a fundamental goal of our work is to provide evidence-based information and to build understanding of the science related to the Shale, the extraction techniques employed in gas recovery from the Shale, and associated environmental impacts.

Time and Proposed Dates:

  • 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Cayuga Nature Center
  • Optional Energy Tour of the Museum of the Earth immediately following

An agenda can be found here.

Training Hours:

3 for the workshop, an additional hour for the energy tour of the museum.

Content Areas/Standards:

  • Common Core ELA, Math
  • NYS Science/The Next Generation Science Standards


$10 — includes lunch, the book, The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale, and a certificate of participation for either three (without the energy tour) or four (including the optional energy tour) hours of professional development credit.

Register online


The meeting is partially funded through grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF GEO 1015189 and GEO 1035078). It is hosted by the Paleontological Research Institution and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marcellus Outreach Team.