new topics in NCMNS FREE online workshops!

Hello Educators!

A little more than two weeks ago, we announced our new series of free professional development mini-workshops. Since then, we've added 4 more topics! 


In case you missed it, each session includes a short introductory video and follow-up assignments to get outdoors and explore your "nature neighborhood!" You can do each workshop at your own pace, as all the resources and materials are available on an ongoing basis. You can receive credit towards CEUs or EE certification (Criteria 2). And we've made all of our resources available for you to borrow/adapt/modify for your students and families.


Currently, the workshop topics include:

  • Creating a Nature Journal – Create your very own nature journal with household materials and get tips to start the practice of nature journaling. (2 hours)
  • Using Your Senses – Practice making  more detailed observations by focusing on all of your senses. (1 hour)
  • Looking Closely – Take advantage of one of the most simple yet powerful tools to observe the world around you: a magnifying glass! (2 hours)
  • Parts of a Flower – Review the parts of a flower and then apply your knowledge as you observe the flowers in your yard. (2 hours)
  • Citizen Science Adventure: Nature's Notebook - Learn how to collect data on the plants and animals in your yard for the Nature’s Notebook citizen science project. (3-5 hours)
  • Citizen Science Adventure: eBird - Get tips on observing, identifying, and sketching birds and learn how to contribute to the eBird citizen science project. (3 hours)

These workshops are each in a separate Google Classroom. Here are the steps to enroll:

  1. Log in to google with a gmail account that is not part of a G Suite (your school system or business email will not work)
  2. Go to 
  3. Click the + button to join a new class
  4.  Use a classroom code from the list below*, depending on which topic you’d like to explore first. We recommend starting with the Creating a Nature Journal workshop. 


Classroom Code

Creating a Nature Journal


Using your Senses


Looking Closely


Parts of a Flower


Citizen Science Adventure: Nature's Notebook


Citizen Science Adventure: eBird



*All of our classroom codes can also be found in this Google Sheet. We will keep this file updated as we add new topics!


We'll let you know periodically as we add more content. And we hope these resources are useful and fun during this challenging time!


Melissa and Megan


Melissa Dowland
Coordinator of Teacher Education
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601