Each year, Nichols School faculty and staff engage in professional development opportunities to expand their knowledge of their fields and craft innovative learning experiences for their students.
Fifth-grade science teacher Joshua Ring has devoted his time to learning about conservation of our natural environment and passing those ideals to students and community members. Through independent research and volunteer experiences in New York and New Mexico, Ring has earned the title of Master Naturalist and Level 2 recognition from the New York Master Naturalist Program, which is coordinated by Cornell University.
This past summer, Ring volunteered with the National Park Service at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in Silver City, New Mexico. During that time, he developed and prepared geology lessons for the park to offer to visitors, in addition to helping with their Junior Ranger Program. Ring also provided information and supplies for geology activities for students and park visitors. Ring's summer professional development was supported by the Flickinger Sabbatical Fund.
Closer to home, Ring also volunteered with the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java through the Buffalo Audubon Society. He worked with students ranging from second grade through 12th grade and helped them learn about and observe local ecosystems and the macro-invertebrates that occupy the center's pond. Ring guided groups of children who visited in using nets to sample larvae from the pond and classify them.
Through these opportunities, Ring has embraced ongoing education to learn more about the natural environment. His work with the Master Naturalist Program has translated to new experiential learning for his students who observe nature on the Nichols School campus, at the nearby Buffalo Zoo, and throughout the region.
Congratulations to Mr. Ring and thank you for bringing your knowledge of the natural world to our community!