Educator Resources and Workshops

Find resources you can use in your classroom or attend a workshop at Camp McDowell! Learn about, and sign up for, our McDowell Environmental Center teacher workshops, and use outdoor inquiry in your classroom!

Try out one of our teacher-friendly resources to help bring outdoor, inquiry-based education into YOUR classroom!

Let's Give Them Something to Write About offers ideas about incorporating pre- and post- trip journaling into your classroom to help keep the magic of Camp McDowell going even after you've left!

For a more immersive curriculum that helps incorporate nature journaling as a regular part of your classroom instruction, we love this curriculum from the Smithsonian.


Using Alabama Rocks, Inquiry, and Observation to UNEARTH our Past, June 11-13

Join us for a three day, two night experience learning about local rocks and fossils. We'll be unveiling a new locally-relevant curriculum unit, aligned with AL, TN, GA, and MS science standards and Next Generation Science Standards, that you'll be able to implement in your classroom right away. AMSTI credits are available.

Register here to reserve your spot today! There is a $25 fee to hold your spot, but the three day, two night experience is fully grant funded. Questions? Contact


Teacher Advisory Board, June 4 - 5

We want YOU to help us keep McDowell Education Programs the best in the Southeast! Come spend the day with us exploring camp and discussing ways to improve our programming. Bring your teacher friends who don't know about us so that they can see the MAGIC of Camp McDowell, too!

Sign up here to reserve your spot today! Questions? Contact


Mountains to the Gulf, June 24 - July 1

Join us on a Legacy workshop that takes educators from the mountains of Alabama all the way to the Gulf of Mexico to better understand the relationships between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. We'll float down rivers in search of native plants, study our rivers and connect them to Alabama's uniquely high biodiversity, and understand the role geology has played in making us the amazing natural resource that we know Alabama to be. Scientists will join us along the way to share their passion and field expertise!

Sign up through our friends at Legacy to reserve your spot today! Questions? Contact