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.  

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 LEAF Professional Development Calendar​
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June 16 - July 20, 2014

​Location:  Online with one face to face meeting in Stevens Point (date TBD)

Instructor:  Gretchen Marshall

Cost:  $85 for 1 graduate credit, assumes scholarship granted

Registration Deadline:  June 6, 2014

NRES622_SF Program and Admin_Summer14.pdfFlyer and Registration Form


​NRES 622:  School Forest Programs and Administration (previously offered as NRES 742)

Educators, learn how to increase your ability to effectively use your school forests for environmental education and sustainable resource management.  This hybrid course provides information, resources, processes, and guidelines to effectively develop school forests.  The course is divided into two components.  The on-line component provides background information on school forests and guides participants through important considerations for school forest programs.  The information collected during the on-line component will be used to develop the school forest education plan during the one day face-to-face meeting in July.

June 16 - July 20, 2014

​Location:  Online

Instructor:  Gretchen Marshall

Cost:  $85 for 1 graduate credit, assumes scholarship granted

Registration Deadline:  June 6, 2014

NRES624_Enhancing SF Education_Summer14.pdfFlyer and Registration Form

NRES 624:  Enhancing School Forest Education (previously offered as NRES 744)

Are you looking to expand educational opportunities for your students at the school forest?  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.  The course will focus on the school forest ecosystem, invasive species, exploring how to connect your classroom curriculum to the school forest, environmental education resources and lessons, and community resources available for inclusion at the school forest.  The participant will create a school forest field trip for their class as a culminating project.

Periodic face-to-face meetings will be held between July 2014 and April 2015

A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) is a year-long professional development series for middle and high school educators, aimed at providing the inspiration, knowledge, and skills required to transform classroom teaching into effective and exciting place-based education. At the heart of the FFEC program is the belief that students who are immersed in the interdisciplinary study of their own place are more eager to learn and be involved in the stewardship of their natural and human communities.

Our information flyer will tell you more about how great the program is and why you should gather your team and apply to join us in 2014-2015, but let’s let a past WI FFEC participant tell you what they think.


August 4 - August 22, 2014

​Location:  Online with field trips on Saturday, August 9 and Saturday, August 16 in the Madison area

Instructor:  Catherine Woodward, PhD

Cost:  $85 for 1 graduate credit, assumes scholarship granted

Registration Deadline:  July 18, 2014

621summer14madison.tree id.pdfInformation Flyer | RegFormLEAFsm14Madison.tree id.pdfRegistration Form


​NRES 621:  Tree Identification Workshop  (previously offered as NRES 741)

Gain confidence in your tree identification skills.  This hybrid course provides you with the skills you will need to identify tree species that grow in different ecosystems of Wisconsin.  The online portion helps you learn the botany terminology and major tree groups.  The field portion gives you hands-on practice.  Field trips will occur in the Madison area on Saturday, August 9 and Saturday, August 16.

​August 17 - 19, 2014

​Location: Camp Bird on Sand Lake in Marinette County
Registration Deadline: June 1, 201
Information Flyer​



​Forest to Finish
The Wisconsin County Forests Association, the Marinette County Forestry and Park Department, and the LEAF Program are offering a two-day, community-based learning retreat for teachers and non-formal educators. The retreat will apply project-based learning methods to research the question “What is the environmental impact of using wood products?” 

This unique learning opportunity will be held at Camp Bird on Sand Lake in Marinette County. Join us on Sunday evening for our welcome social then stay through Tuesday learning about our forests and the products from them that we use every day. 


October 18 and 19, 2014

Location  UWSP Treehaven, W2540 Pickerel Creek Rd., Tomahawk, WI  54487

Instructor  Dr. Roger Jones

Registration & Scholarship information will be available in 

NRES 621- Greening Your Math Program - Mathematics in the Forest  

Formerly offered as NRES 741 

LEAF and Treehaven Field Station are hosting this hands-on teaching workshop for math teachers. The workshop focuses on outdoor application of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. In addition to
inspiring ideas, you’ll also get mathematics-related lesson materials to take back to your classroom. 
Participants will use geometry to understand the mathematics behind making and using a biltmore stick to measure tree diameter. After exploring the mathematics behind the biltmore stick, they will actually make their own biltmore stick, and use it to collect data in the forest. They will also use simple trig to understand the mathematics of an angle gauge, then make an angle gauge and use it in the forest to estimate basal area per acre. Other topics will include population estimates and land measurement.

​Scheduled By Request

​LEAF School Grounds In-Service | Workshop

Please complete this form to request an in-service or workshop.School Grounds workshop interest.pdfSchool Grounds workshop request

​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. 

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