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

FFEC Flyer 2014(4).pdfInformation Flyer

A Forest For Every Classroom Registration Form(4).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


​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

​April 25, 2015

​Location:  Camp Tekakwitha, Shawano, Wis.

Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost:  $5.00 - thanks to a WEEB Grant

​Project Learning Tree:  Secondary Workshop

Participants in this workshop will receive training in the use of PLT's secondary modules, Focus on Forests and Forests of the World.  Activities from these guides provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, mathematics, and other subjects.  Both modules are closely aligned with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects, and time will be spent addressing how the activities meet these standards.

Registration is required by April 15.  To register please email:  wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

​April 25, 2015

Location:  Pringle Nature Center, Bristol WI

Time:  9:30 to 3:30

Cost: $25.00 per person

PLT PreK-8 Workshop

​Spend a fun and activity-filled day getting hands-on experience with the award winning environmental education program, Project Learning Tree.  This workshop will help address state standards and provide educators with the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms and their students into the environment.

Registration is required by April 15. Email Nicole at wcee-plt@uwsp.edu to register.

k-8 flyer for 4.25.pdfInformation Flier.pdf

Date: May 2

​Location: UW-Stevens Point, TNR Building Room 110

Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cost: Thanks to a WEEB grant, the cost is only $5 per person.

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop​

Designed for children ages 3-6, PLT’s early childhood curriculum  integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs.  Participants will receive a copy of Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood and a CD that helps bring music and movement into the classroom.  Registry credit is also available. 

Registration is required by April 22.  Contact Kendra Liddicoat at kliddico@uwsp.edu to register.

 EC PLT May 2 UWSP.pdfEC PLT May 2 UWSP.pdf

Date:  June 22-23, 2015

​Location:  Northland College, Ashland WI

Cost: $145 includes meals, two nights lodging, kayak trip and three PLT guides.

Registration Deadline:  June 8th

​"PLT PLUS" Workshop RetreatPLT, Land Use and Stewardship

PLT PLUS is targeted for formal and nonformal educators who are looking for effective, multidisciplinary activities that can be presented to a variety of students in a fun, hands-on way.  During this workshop, participants will be trained in PLT’s K-8 and Secondary curricula, as well as experience an afternoon paddling on Lake Superior, an evening cultural session around the campfire, time spend practicing PLT activities with middle school youth who are on campus for summer camp, and ample opportunities for discussion and reflection with fellow educators.

Reg brochure.pdfInformation Flier.pdf

Registration is required.  Email Nicole at wcee-plt@uwsp.edu to register.