16th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute (SI) For K-12 Educators

What is K12 Summer Institute?


The K-12 Summer Institute offers an extensive variety of professional development workshops focused on the connections between health and the environment. Participants will learn how to help students use inquiry based learning to develop an enhanced understanding of science concepts, apply the scientific method and better understand how the environment affects our health.

Countdown to 16th Annual K12 Summer Institute

July 24-27, 2017, Kerrville, Texas

Most Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Summer Institute cost?
The Institute is FREE to attendees; however, we request a $65 refundable registration deposit to discourage NO-SHOWS. Registration deposits will be cheerfully refunded to participants who attend all their workshops at the Summer Institute or those who cancel on or before the cancellation date (July 7, 2017).
Do I have to attend all four days of the Summer Institute?
No, but you are certainly welcome to. In order to receive a refund of your registration deposit, you MUST attend all of the workshops you register for or cancel by July 7, 2017.
What will my expenses be?
You will be responsible for your dinners. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day to workshop attendees. Additionally, Travel Grants are available on a competitive basis to defray the costs of lodging. We encourage you to register early and apply for a Travel Grants if eligible, as the grants are in limited supply this year.
What is a travel grant?
Travel Grants are available to defray the cost of attending the Summer Institute. They provide reimbursement for lodging costs for the nights before the workshops attended. The SI will reimburse for double occupancy (half the cost of the room), for the amount indicated on the hotel receipt, up to a maximum of $47.50/night (plus 7% city tax) at Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center. The SI will not reimburse for incidentals (room service, internet service, in room movies, long distance phone or other charges). Please allow 10 weeks for the reimbursement check to arrive.
What about overnight lodging at the Summer Institute?

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations and paying for those room nights.  We have arranged for a block of rooms at the Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center.  Please call them directly and provide your credit card number to secure your reservation for all nights.  Please be aware that if you receive a Travel Grant, we will reimburse room charges (double occupancy - half the cost of the room); up to a maximum of $47.50/night (plus 7% city tax) at Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center or any other hotel of your choosing; no state tax) with a room receipt (showing zero balance) and only for the nights before workshops that you attend.  Please see more information at the Travel Grants section of this website.

Be sure to mention you are with the Summer Institute to receive a discounted rate. A limited number of rooms have been set aside, so availability is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made before June 23rd.  After that, discounted rooms will no longer be available.

Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center
1001 Junction Highway,
Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: 800.292.5690
Email: reservations@innofthehills.com
Click here to make room reservations.

Who is eligible for a Travel Grant?

MileageTeachers are asked to seek mileage reimbursement from their districts. Carpooling to and from the Summer Institute is strongly encouraged.

Lodging: If you are traveling to the Summer Institute from a distance of greater than 35 miles, you are eligible to apply for a Travel Grant to cover the cost of lodging. Lodging will be reimbursed for the nights before workshops that you register for and attend (i.e., Sunday night for Monday workshop). To reduce costs, double occupancy is required. The SI will reimburse for double occupancy (half the cost of the room), for the amount indicated on the hotel receipt, up to a maximum of $47.50/night (plus 7% city tax) at Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center or other hotel of your choice. These are discounted blocks at Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center until June 23rd, 2017. We encourage you to book your room ASAP, as these spots fill up very quickly. Please be aware that the SI cannot reimburse state tax. 

If you meet this eligibility requirement, you can apply for a Travel Grant when you register for the Summer Institute, by choosing "Registration WITH a travel grant."  Travel Grants are approved on a first come, first served basis. You will receive an e-mail if your travel grant is approved.

How do I get reimbursement?
To get reimbursement of lodging, up to a maximum of $47.50/night (plus 7% city tax) at Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center or any other hotel of your choosing, the attendee must:
1. Provide a hotel receipt with his/her name on the top and showing a zero balance. Hotel receipts can have only one guest name at the top. The SI cannot reimburse state tax.
2. Attend all the workshops for which he/she is registered (or alternates arranged at the Institute, as space permits) and sign in on attendance sheets in the AM and PM.
3. Provide signed W9, vendor and transmittal forms (we will provide blank forms at SI).
4. Provide a correct mailing address for routing of the reimbursement check.

Also, we recommend that you bring:
- Your curiosity, passion, and a sense of humor!
- Comfortable clothing. For workshops that have outside activities, it is suggested that you have sturdy, closed toed shoes, light clothing with sleeves and long pants, sunscreen, hat, bottled water.
- Your iPad, tablet or laptop, for workshop activities and to complete online evaluations.