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Changes in Nature

The Changes in Nature program is a five-day summer workshop for K–12 teachers. Its goal is to provide teachers tools and exercises they can use to help students understand concepts that are essential elements of the sciences at the college level and above, but that are too often seen as controversial.

The state of Minnesota has key requirements for science education in grades 9–12, and teachers can be unsure of how to properly teach these requirements. The Changes in Nature program was designed, in collaboration   with the Division of Education and a high-school science teacher, to meet those requirements. It also was designed with the economy of the public schools in mind; it will provide resources and inexpensive ways to allow teachers to engage their students in creative, constructive exploration of the issues of climate change and evolution.

The program will:

  • Build teacher confidence in adhering to state standards
  • Provide new information about modern developments in the science disciplines
  • Offer strategies for dealing with administrators and parents who object to the presentation of these topics

Teachers also will develop professional relationships with one another and with faculty at Morris—cooperation will not end with the workshop, and ongoing assistance will be available in years to come.


July 11–15, 2016


University of Minnesota, Morris campus


Teacher participants will receive $100 per day (up to $500) for being at the workshop, through the support of grant sponsor Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).


Changes in Nature will provide free teacher housing in Morris’s Green Prairie Community building. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the workshop.


Complete online registration form.

Space is limited and open until filled; please register soon. Participants will be notified of their space reservations by June 1, 2016.


If you have questions about Changes in Nature please contact Amanda Flinn at