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

​June 15 - July 19, 2015

Location:  Hybrid, with location of face-to-face TBA 

622Summer2015.pdfInformation Flier and Registration Form.pdf

NRES 622- School Forest Programs and Administration​​

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.​

A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $100.  

​June 15 - July 19, 2015

Location: Hybrid, with location of face-to-face TBA.

624summer2015.pdfInformation Flier and Registration Form.pdf

​NRES 624: Enhancing School Forest Education

Are you looking to expand educational opportunities for your students at the school forest?

This 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. We will focus on the school forest ecosystem, invasive species, curriculum connections, environmental education resources and lessons, and community resources. The participant will create a school forest field trip for their class as a culminating project. The face to face meeting consists of a school forest tour and further content discussion.

A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $100.


​August 8 and 9 2015

Location: MacKenzie Center, Poynette, Wis.​
NRES 621 Information Flyer.pdfInformation Flyer | NRES 621 Registration Form.pdfRegistration Form

​NRES 621: Special Topics in Forestry Education - Integrating Artistry and Forestry
Art teachers—learn how to integrate art and nature through hands-on activities and experiences while immersed in the beauty of the outdoors with the new art curriculum from LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program.

A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit (or audit) to $85.  Thanks to a grant from WEEB, this also includes lodging and food during the class.

​Sept. 25th - Oct. 25th, 2015

​Madison Area: TBD

Registration will open in August 2015

NRES 620: Forestry Education in Wisconsin's 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. You will receive a grade-specific unit of our highly-regarded LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide and additional materials.

​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

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.  Visit http://www.northland.edu/summer-adult.htm#plus​ to register.

​Scheduled By Request

Location:  Your Site

Registration Link

NEW ONLINE FORMAT: Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop

Have you always wanted a copy of PLT's award-winning curriculum, but have been too far away or time-constrained to attend a typical workshop?  You're in luck...now you have an online option!  This online workshop is specifically designed to help you engage your students in learning about the environment--both outside and indoors--while meeting your PD requirements on your own time, at your convenience.  Participants receive an online copy of PLT's Environmental Education Activity Guide after completing the 4 hour self-paced workshop.

Go to this link for details and to register.  Cost: $40  Registration deadline:  Open