LEAF Professional Development

LEAF offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators to expand their forestry expertise. 

Both workshops without credit and courses for university credit are available.  

View course descriptions here
 LEAF Professional Development Calendar​
Location Information
Workshop Information

​October 2014 - May 2015

Location:  Various Sites

Cost:  $15-$30

Registration Deadline:  November 6

FFEC Flyer 2014(3).pdfInformation Flier | A Forest For Every Classroom Registration Form(3).pdfRegistration Form

​A Forest for Every Classroom - Place-based education for Wisconsin schools

A Forest For Every Classroom is back in a new format.  We are planning 5 workshops throughout the year.  You can sign up for as many as you like.  Participants have substitute teacher reimbursement available and a $200 mini-grant to implement a project at their school.  Participant cost $15 for the one day workshops, $30 for the two day workshop.  Topics covered include:

  • Inclusivity and Accessibility
  • Service Learning
  • Winter Ecology and Tree Identification
  • Citizen Science
  • Climate Change


February 2 to March 9, 2015

​Location:  To be determined

Cost:  $85 (assumes scholarship granted)

Registration forms will be available November 26

​NRES 623 - Human Influence on Wisconsin's Forests

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 educator who wants to acquire the background necessary to teach their students about Wisconsin's forests. 

​Dates to be determined; check back for details

Location:  Tomahawk, Wis.

Cost:  $85 (assumes scholarship granted)

NRES 620 - Forestry Education in the K-12 Classroom

Get the convenience of online learning with the benefit of an interactive day spent with peers.  LEAF's hybrid workshop teaches you key forestry principles, demonstrates teaching techniques, and gives you great activities so you can easily integrate forestry education into your indoor or outdoor classroom.  The class includes 6 hours of online coursework to be completed over the period of one month, in addition to a Saturday face-to-face meeting at Treehaven.

​Scheduled By Request

Location: Your Site

Request form

​LEAF School Grounds In-Service | Workshop

Discover the world of teaching opportunities waiting outside your door! Our 3 hour workshop will introduce you to activities that have been proven to get kids excited and engaged. Measurement, graphing, data collection, habitat, visual perspective, descriptive
writing, social interactions, and biodiversity are just a few of the things you can study in any school ground setting. 

Scheduled By Request

Location: Your Site

Request form​

​School Site Planning Workshop

Any site can be a great learning tool, but if you think you're ready for some site enhancements or even for a fully developed outdoor classroom, LEAF staff can help. Using the basics of the LEAF School Grounds Development Handbook we will help facilitate your group's planning discussion or provide consultation to help you through the entire site development process. The handbook outlines the steps to keep in mind as you dream up your plans. It includes handy documents that you can use to inventory your site and gather feedback from the people who will be involved.

To request a School Site Planning Workshop, complete the request form. To learn more, contact Sarah Gilbert at Sarah.Gilbert@uwsp.edu.

Location Information
Workshop Information

November 17, 2014

​Location:  Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, Wis.

Time:  9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Cost:  $10.00

Registration Deadline:  November 10

GHS November 17 Workshop Flyer (3).pdfInformation Flier

​PLT/WET/GHS Curriculum Workshop

Thanks to generous grants, this workshop will be offered at the reduced price of $10.00 for Green & Healthy School educators.  Participants are required to register their school as a Green & Healthy School to attend at the reduced fee, and will receive two award-winning activity guides:  Project WET and Project Learning Tree.

For more information, contact:  Cindy Koepke at cynthia.koepke@wisconsin.gov.