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AP Environmental Science

We will be holding our workshops In Person this summer – 2022 - updated information to follow

Course Details

The AP Environmental Science Institute will be held July 18-22, 2022 to prepare teachers for the AP Environmental Science course. This course is designed as a rigorous, interdisciplinary class focusing on the application of scientific concepts and principles to the understanding and solution of environmental problems and issues. Envisioned as a broadly interdisciplinary course, it builds on scientific principles from chemistry, physics, biology, ecology, and earth science. The course includes substantial laboratory and field components to help students learn about the environment through careful observation and experimentation while developing their critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Participants will learn about the content, development, and grading of the AP examination, the use of technology and other curriculum resources, and the selection and planning of appropriate laboratory and field experiences for the course. Much of the class time in this workshop will be spent in laboratory and field activities. This class is intended for new and beginning AP Environmental Science teachers (0-4) years of AP experience.


Lead Consultant – Hilary Staples
Hilary Staples has been a science educator for over 25 years, both in the field and in the classroom.  She has worked with students and scientists studying the environment from Africa to Costa Rica and many Parks of the US from Yellowstone, to the Grand Canyon, to the Everglades. Hilary has been teaching APES since its early years and has been working as an AP Reader since 2003.  Hilary has also been a leader in technology, and the 1-1 iPad program initiated by her school in 2010 and sees it as another tool for creativity and sustainability on campus.  Her work has been integral in her school receiving both an Apple Distinguished School designation and the Green Ribbon School Award in Sustainability from the Department of Education.  She believes that not only do we teach our students the difficult issues our environment is facing, but also arm students with hope and solutions.  One of her favorite ways to integrate scientific innovation, solutions and an appreciation for nature is through the lens of Biomimicry.