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AP® Environmental Science

Course Schedule

At this summer's institute, you will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience with APES labs and activities, plan your next year's program, review course content and the released exams, and review the free response questions from the 2020 exam, which will be in the new format. We will review textbooks and survey Internet resources throughout the week. You will be receiving several textbooks and reviewing several sample lab programs during the week. You will learn how to transform traditional labs into inquiry-based labs. We will be going on several field trips during the week as well. Resources, such as AP Classroom, will be examined, and we will discuss how they can be used in your course. The main goal of this week is to help you develop a comprehensive and successful course.


  • Introduction and Week’s Overview
  • Review of the APES Participant's Manual (College Board manual, handouts and CD)
  • Overview of the AP Environmental Science Course
  • Textbook options/text selection
  • First nine weeks at a glance – content and activities
  • Overview Video - Endangered Planet Video
  • Student workload: homework
  • Lab basics: expected labs, long and short term labs, inquiry-based labs
  • Lab

Day 2

  • Specific information on the major content areas
  • Lab manuals
  • Field trips
  • Lab resources
  • Field work for water testing
  • Eco-column design and construction
  • Human demographic activities
  • FRQ #2
  • Continue discussion on planning your course and strategies for success

Day 3

  • Integrating field work into your course
  • Biodiversity lab
  • Toxicity & risk activities
  • Math for APES
  • Chemistry of Air Pollution
  • Develop unit plan
  • FRQ #3

Day 4

  • Lecture-content specifics continued
  • Participant Share-a-thon: Share favorite labs, resources, and ideas
  • Mapping out your year
  • Unit plans
  • Course Syllabus
  • "Post Exam" activities
  • Wrap up - Final thoughts and comments on this course, evaluations


How to Register

To register, please visit our registration portal. Attendees will need to register using their College Board login credentials. 

If paying by check or purchase order, CPE staff will follow up with an invoice. Please reference invoice number on check.

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please contact or 423-425-4344.

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