Professional Development

Request a Works​hop or In-service​ 

LEAF staff can help you set up a workshop or in-service in your school/district. Our workshop and in-service locations are chosen based on demand. If you would like to arrange either, please contact us at or715-346-4956.  Our course descriptions are listed here.


​Workshop Options

Standard LEAF workshop: (12 hours) Classroom-based workshop including background information on forestry in Wisconsin and model teaching of LEAF lessons. This workshop is offered with the option of graduate credit. Each participant will receive a LEAF Lesson Guide with additional materials. (Materials fee of $35/participant; Optional graduate credit fee - at UWSP rate)

  •     Standard LEAF workshop with Urban Forestry emphasis: (12 hours)
  •     Standard LEAF workshop + Outdoor activities: (16 hours)

District in-service (minimum 2 hours) Classroom-based or field-based in-service including background information on forests in Wisconsin and some model teaching of LEAF lessons. The district receives a full set of LEAF lesson guides for the library and each participant receives a CD-ROM of all the LEAF lesson guides. No graduate credit is available. In-services are provided free-of-charge, with some exceptions for material expenses.

Custom in-services or workshops Want to provide a professional development opportunity related to Wisconsin's forests, outdoor environmental education, and/or school forests that isn't listed above? Contact us and we'll discuss the options. We've provided professional development in Winter Ecology, Team Building, Outdoor Education Methods, and a variety of other topics using Wisconsin's forests as the focus.

 Catalog Description of K-12 Forestry Outreach Courses at UWSP

NRES 620 (Formerly NRES 740)  Forestry Education for the Wisconsin K-12 Classroom

                1 Credit                Prerequisite: None


Principles, activities, and techniques for teaching the K-12 student about the importance of Wisconsin’s forests to our ecological, economic, and social well-being. Participants receive a copy of the LEAF Program Forestry Education Guide and additional forestry-related education materials. Course designed for the K-12 classroom teacher pursuing the skills and methodologies needed to teach their students about forestry.




NRES 621 (Formerly NRES 741) Teaching Selected Forestry Topics in the K-12 Classroom


                1-3 Credits          Prerequisite: NRES 740, concurrent enrollment, or permission of the instructor.


Utilizing materials and methodologies to teach the K-12 student about current forestry topics, concepts, and issues. May repeat for credit with different subtitles.




NRES 622 (Formerly NRES 742) School Forest Programs and Administration


                1 Credit                Prerequisite: None


Overview of Wisconsin School Forest Program, with emphasis on planning and administration of school forests including: organizing of a school forest committee, understanding property management plans, developing educational plans, and locating resources and financial support. Course includes classroom instruction and web component.




NRES 623 (Formerly NRES 743) Human Influence on Wisconsin’s Forests


                1 Credit                Prerequisite: None


Web-based course examines Wisconsin’s forest resources and the role our forests play in our past, current, and future ecological, economic, and social well-being. Course designed for the K-12 classroom teacher who wants to acquire the background necessary to each their students about Wisconsin’s forests.

NRES 624 (Formerly NRES 621) Enhancing School Forest Education

                1 Credit                Prerequisite:  None

This online course will help you utilize your school forest as an outdoor classroom. You will become familiar with the forest, look closely at educational resources, and infuse your curriculum with lessons that can be taught at the school forest.