Each year Splash mentors up to four interns, teaching them to facilitate experiential learning in nature and student-led scientific inquiry. Splash Trailblazer Internships are unpaid. We offer them as an investment in the next generation of science and outdoor educators because we know that experiential learning is what works for students of all ages. Interns do not replace professional staff, but learn from them and with them as they practice the art of nature-based science education.
From February through April over 80 elementary school classes come to Splash for a 3-hour field trip. They arrive having studied the Splash Elementary Curriculum for several weeks, ready to explore and share their knowledge with one another. With a professional Splash Guide facilitating their learning experience, students explore the vernal pools at Mather Field and the science stations inside the Splash Education Center. Interns are expected to study materials and shadow experienced Splash Guides to learn essential content and skills.
To be eligible for this unpaid internship you must:
- Want to nurture children’s interest in science and nature
- Know basic college-level ecology, biology and/or environmental science education
- Study and learn about the ecosystem and the plants and animals that live in vernal pools
- Attend field trips at the Splash Education Center at least once per week from Feb 9 – April 30, 2015
- Be available during the weekends in April and guide public tours at 10 AM or 1 PM on two Sundays: April 12, 19, and/or 26.