​STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven

Friday, May 6, 2016
Next event: Friday, May 5, 2017

This one day conference is catered, 7th and 8th grade girls and boys to get them fired up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin and from UW-Stevens Point. Students engage in hands-on workshops and learn the many career paths available with an education in STEM. 

The $40 registration fee includes a keynote presentation, three one hour workshops, event materials, t-shirt and a lunch. The event is held at the Treehaven Facility in Tomahawk, Wisconsin with workshops held inside and out of doors.   

Available workshops are posted below. 

Registration will open April 21 and will close on April 29, 2016.
Update: Registration has been extended until 6pm Monday, May 2.

Note: Capacity for this program is limited to around 125 or so students.  Registrants are strongly encouraged to register on April 21 and 22 to ensure a spot.

Click here to register​ (Opens April 21) ​


About Treehaven 

Treehaven CampusTreehaven's mission is guided by the Treehaven Board of Advisors with support from the Friends of Treehaven, a group of volunteers who raise funds to support programs, land management and buildings of the center. Treehaven hosts a wide variety of year 'round programming in environmental and natural resource education. Programs range in scope from working with school aged children in environmental lessons to adult weekend workshops in topics such as snowshoe construction or wolf ecology. With our 1,400 acres of "north country" forest and wild lands, Treehaven is a great place to work and meet new people.


Keynote Speaker, Glenn J Speich Jr, Senior Real Estate Specialist

Presents:  "STEM is for everyone!"

Who should consider a STEM career? Just about everyone!  Careers in science, technology, engineering and math aren’t just for honor students who attend large schools. Tomorrow’s STEM jobs will require a variety of people with different skill sets. For instance, you may enter a STEM field with a two-year technical degree or perhaps an apprenticeship. For many jobs, you won’t need an advanced college degree, just a willingness to keep learning.  Mr. Speich, a licensed professional engineer and surveyor, changed careers many times. He will urge attendees to take a close look at the many career options available to them.

Glenn Speich graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1965 and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UW-Platteville in January 1970. He is a licensed professional engineer and professional surveyor. During his 46-year career in civil engineering, Mr. Speich held positions with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, ran his own consulting business, worked for HNTB Corporation as a project engineer in Iran, and was the director of public works for the City of Prairie du Chien. He also served as Marathon County Highway Commissioner until his retirement in 2006. He currently works part-time for MSA Professional Services as a senior real estate professional and has served as an expert witness in highway access court cases.


Conference at a Glance 
​8:30 - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (Auditorium) ​9 - 9:50 a.m.
Workshop A​ (various rooms and locations) ​10 - 11 a.m.
Lunch​ 11:10 a.m. - noon ​
Workshop B​ ​(various rooms and locations) 12:10 - 1:10 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (various rooms and locations) 1:20 - 2:20 p.m.​
​End of Conference (Evaluations and Dismissal - Auditorium)
2:30-2:45 p.m.​

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Program Information

Students attend workshops based on their personal interests.  Ten workshops will be available for students to choose from and students will have the opportunity to rank four of interest to them and two that they do not want to attend.  Using a mathematical model, students are placed into workshops of interest to them.  No student is placed into the workshops they chose not to attend.  Available workshops will be posted on this site by April 8, 2016.

Available workshops and how to register

Teachers sending student groups will need to send home three documents: 

1) Available Workshop List    
2) Workshop Selection Form   
3) Liability and Photo Release Form 

Click here to register (Opens April 21) 

How to select workshops

Students are provided with the option to attend 10 different hands-on STEM workshops.  Students will choose four they want to attend and two they do not want to attend.  Students will indicate them on the Workshop Selection Form (above). 

How to register

Teachers, or the attending chaperone, should register their school as a groups, preferrably all at once.  Our registration system accommodates mulitple registrations at one time.  Parents should register their children if they are attending indiviudally.  This way, confirmation letters can be directed to an adult rather than to individual attending students.  
Copies of our Liability Release Form, the Available Workshops, and the Workshop Selection Form can be sent home to interested students.  Students should then return the Workshop Selection Form and Liability Form back to the Teacher/Chaperone with payment. Beginning on April 21, teachers/chaperones should register their group link above. 

Note: Capacity for this program is limited to around 125 or so students.  Registrants are strongly encouraged to register on April 21 and 22 to ensure a spot.  

Chaperones should register themselves with the group.  Please make sure your students are registered as students, and chaperones are registered as chaperones.  Chaperones do not select workshops, only the students do.  

Confirmation Emails (two are sent)

Once registrations are entered, the email address provided with the registration will be sent a confirmation email.  The email will indicate payment made or show a balance due, list the registrant's names, and workshop selections for each student.  Please verify that the selections your students wanted (and didn't want) match what you entered and make sure the workshops they wanted do not duplicate any that they didn't want.
Once registration is complete, students are sorted into workshops based on interest. Then, once the sorting is complete, a second email will be sent to the same email address by May 4 and will indicate the workshop selections for each student.

Click here to register​ (Opens April 21)  

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Registration Fee

New!  T-shirts will no longer need to be purchased separately.  Each registration (including those awarded scholarship) will receive a t-shirt as part of the program registration fee.  T-shirts will be distributed at the event; students are not required to wear the shirt at the event.  
Student registration fee: $40
Adult/Chaperone registration fee: $40
The $40 registration fee includes exhibit exploration, a keynote presentation, three one hour workshops, event materials, a t-shirt and a lunch.
Adults/chaperones are assessed a registration fee to cover lunch and materials. Chaperones are able to move in and out of any workshop throughout the day, so they are not specifically placed in any workshops. Chaperones still need to register with their school group or child.  UW-Stevens Point recommends one chaperone for groups of 25 or less and two chaperones for groups of 25-50.

Payment Options

Full Payment is preferred by May 6, 2016.  Checks may be brought to the event or you may request to be invoiced. Contact Samantha Pech at 715-346-4593 or email spech@uwsp.edu prior to the event. 
Make checks payable to UW-Stevens Point. 
Mail payment to: UW-Stevens Pont, Continuing Education and Outreach, 2100 Main St., Room 032 Main, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Credit card payments can be made by calling Customer Service at 715-346-3838.  We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.


Registration scholarships are available only to students.   Scholarships will be granted upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator.  Recommendations may be emailed to Julie Hellweg, Program Manager, at Julie.Hellweg@uwsp.edu.  Please include your name and position, your school's name, and the name of each student in need of scholarship.  Scholarship requests must be received in writing prior to online registration.  Scholarship request deadline:  April 19, 2016.     


Each registrant will receive a t-shirt with event registration.  

T-shirts are in adult sizes with widths in inches below:

​Size ​Width
​Small ​18"
Medium 20"​
​Large 22"​
​X Large ​24"
​2XL ​26"
​3XL ​28"

Liability and Photo Release Forms

Each student attending must bring this  Liability and Photo Release Form, signed by a parent or guardian, with them to the event in order to attend the conference.  A student may attend the conference without a chaperone ONLY if a signed form is turned in.  Download, print, and bring the parent-signed forms to the event for each student.  We do not accept liability forms created by schools or other institututions.


If you require a special dietary lunch, please contact Samantha Pech at spech@uwsp.edu by April 29.

Click here to register​ (Opens April 21) 

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Driving Directions
From North: Take I-39/Hwy 51 to Hwy A Exit.  Left off Ramp.  Continue on Hwy A (east).  Hwy A will intersect with Hwy H (Stay on Hwy A, left at stop sign).  Go about 2 miles and take a Right on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
Take Hwy 17 to Hwy A.  You will take a Right onto Hwy A.  Continue on Hwy A (west) and take a Left on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
From South: Take I-39/Hwy 51 to Hwy A Exit.  Right Off Ramp. Continue on Hwy A (east).  Hwy A will intersect with Hwy H (Stay on Hwy A, left at stop sign).  Go about 2 miles and take a Right on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.
Take Hwy 17 to Hwy A.  You will take a Left onto Hwy A.  Continue on Hwy A (west) and take a Left on Pickerel Creek.  Treehaven is located at the end of the road.

Drop-off and Pick-up/Check-in Location

Drop off is from 8:30-9:00 a.m. LL Young Lounge
Check-in will take place in the Bear Track Lounge in the LL Young Lounge. 
Signage will direct participants to this location.
Pick up is at 2:45 p.m. at the LL Young Lounge 

Bus Drop-off Location and Bus Parking-TBA

This information will be posted soon.

Vehicle Parking-TBA

This information will be posted soon.

Special Needs Accommodations 

If any participant has special needs that require accommodations, including a personal aide, please notify us by April 19, 2016. Call Samantha Pech, Outreach Specialist, at 715-346-4593 or email spech@uwsp.edu.  

Substitution and Cancellation Policy 

Cancellation & Substitutions:  Cancellations will receive a full refund if cancellations are received in writing by April 29.   No shows are responsible for the full registration fee.  Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education and Outreach.  Substitutes will utilize the workshops of the person they are replacing.  A parent/guardian signed Liability and Photo Release Form must accompany the substitute to the event. Continuing Education and Outreach reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or severe weather.

Continuing Education Coordination Team

Outreach Specialist:
Samantha Pech
120A Nelson Hall
Operations Program Associate:
Diana Wilcott
121 Nelson Hall
Program Manager:
Julie Hellweg
128 Nelson Hall

Continuing Education and Outreach Office (Customer Service)

032 Old Main Building, 2100 Main Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897
800-898-9472 or 715-346-3838
Fax: 715-346-3504

STEM Exploration Day for Boys website​

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.