​STEM Exploration Day

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, April 25, 2014
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Treehaven Campus 
Tomahawk, Wisconsin 

Registration: 8:30 - 9 a.m.
Departure: 2:35 p.m.
 $30 per person covers registration, lunch and materials

Registration is online only.
Workshops are first come, first served. 
Register Online!
Registration opens April 1, 2014  

STEM Exploration Day, is a one day conference for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls to get them excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin (as well as faculty from UW-Stevens Point, including Treehaven Staff). Students engage in hands-on workshops (and learn the many career paths available with an education in STEM). The conference includes a keynote presentation and three workshops, lasting just over an hour, and lunch.
Conference at a Glance
​8:30 - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation  ​9 - 9:40 a.m.
Workshop A​  ​9:50 - 10:55 a.m.
Lunch​ 11 - 11:45 a.m.​
Workshop B​ ​​​ 11:55 a.m. - 1 p.m.​
Workshop C​ 1:10 - 2:15 p.m.​
Wrap up/ Evaluation 2:25 - ​2:35 p.m.
​Departure 2:35 p.m.​

​Keynote Speaker


Corky McReynolds, PhD, CPF 

Charles “Corky” McReynolds, PhD, is Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point, and Director of Treehaven. Corky develops and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in strategic planning, nature center management, and leadership. He has facilitated and trained facilitators for strategic planning processes at nature centers, state agencies and national organizations. Corky’s research, teaching and consulting focuses on leadership and enhancing organizational change through effective individual and group processes. His workshops are known for high activity, involvement and fun. In 2004, Corky received the profession’s highest honor, the National Leadership Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators. In 2013, Corky earned the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) from the International Association of Facilitators.


BS, Grand Valley State University, Michigan; MS, Michigan State University; PhD, Continuing Education/Leadership-University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM-Hosler Award for dissertation)


Staff development/EE consultant to K-12 districts. (1975-1985), 37 years of successful development and administration of two environmental learning centers. (1975-current), University undergraduate and graduate level teaching, advising and research. (current), consulting: developed, advised and facilitated over 130 projects since 1993 for strategic planning, leadership, team development and executive search for small nonprofits, professional organizations, networks, and agencies.

About Treehaven

Treehaven Campus
Treehaven's facilities rest on an ancient glacial ridge that overlooks 1,400 acres of forest and wetland habitat that hosts an abundance of wildlife species including osprey, deer, black bear, wolf, coyote, and fisher. Facilities include a large classroom/conference center, two residential dormitory buildings that provide overnight accommodations for up to 125 people, and full food service capability. Of course, the featured "facility" is natures own handiwork 1,400 acres of outdoor classroom space with rustic trails.

Eight permanent employees and over 20 affiliated staff - mostly teachers and educators - help Treehaven serve over 25,000 people each year with courses, seminars, workshops, Elderhostel's, school and youth programs, and business gatherings. A public, non-profit facility operated by the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources - the nation's largest undergraduate natural resources program - Treehaven relies on usage fees and donations for much of its operating budget with limited support from state tax dollars.

Treehaven'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.

Registration Information 

Registration for this event is only available online.  Workshop availability is first-come, first-served.  All attendees must pre-register by April 14. On-site registration will not be accepted. 
For the best availability of workshops, register on opening day, beginning at 8 a.m. Prior to registration, students need to choose 3 workshops to attend at the event. A list of available workshops will be in the Available Workshops section below. There will be variety of 65 minute workshops to chose from.  

Registration Fees

Student registration fee: $30
*Adult/chaperone registration fee: $30
*Adults/chaperones are assessed a $30 registration fee to cover lunch and materials. Chaperones may visit any workshop during the day but do not register for workshops online. We recommend one chaperone for groups of 25 or less and two for groups of 25-50.  

Payment Options

If paying by purchase order, indicate "paying by check" when registering online. We do not ask for purchase order numbers, but you are welcome to request invoices prior to April 25, 2014 if your school pays by purchase order. Contact Julie Hellweg at jhellweg@uwsp.edu to request an invoice prior to the event. Checks may be brought to the event for full payment. The following credit cards are accepted online: MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.     

Student Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for students upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator. Scholarships are not granted to chaperones. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Form and email jhellweg@uwsp.edu or fax, 715-346-3504 scholarship recommendations to Julie Hellweg by April 14, 2014.

If you plan to apply for a scholarship, indicate that you are paying with a check when registering online. Scholarship requests are granted as they come in and entered into the registration system by the Continuing Education registrar. If only part of your group is granted a scholarship, you are then invoiced for the remaining registrants. 

Credit card payments (at the time of registration) are not accepted for potential scholarship recipients.   

Sign up Form

STEM Paper Sign-up Form
Use this form to collect student names, workshop choices, and to confirm payment. Then have this form with you on April 1, 2014 at 8 a.m. to register your students online. See the Choosing Workshops area below to get a comprehensive list of workshops for each student.

Liability/Photo Release Form

Every student attending must bring a signed Liability/Photo Release Form in order to attend. Download, print, and bring the parent-signed forms to the event. 

Available Workshops 

This is a complete listing of all available workshops. 
The document indicates when each workshop will be offered. Some workshops will be offered at all three time slots and others only once or twice.
Workshop Presenters 

Choosing Workshops

Students may want to attend a particular workshop at any of the available time slots. There will be workshops that every student will want to attend, and you will see that these will fill fast.  We recommend you have a very good idea of alternate workshops for each student. An example is below.

For example, your student may give you the following choices: First choice: A01, B03 and C10
Second choice: A10, B01, and C03; Third choice: A03, B10 and C01.
Our STEM Paper Sign-up Form is a tool to help students indicate what they want to attend and also provide you (the chaperone) with alternative workshops your student would find interesting.

Chaperone Preparation Checklist  

  • Recruit students: the STEM Exploration Day Postcard will help get the word out
  • Record students' information: STEM Paper Sign-up Form
  • Read the Registration Information area COMPLETELY.
  • Register at 8 a.m. on April 1, 2014 (the later you register the less workshops will be available).
  • Register yourself and all your students together. Do not let students register themselves.
  • Collect registration payments and liability forms from each student.
  • Request an invoice prior to the event if paying with a purchase order (see Payment Options above)
  • Send in payments prior to the event. Payment in the form of a check or cash is accepted at the event.
  • Provide your driver with the parking information. 
  • Thoroughly read the confirmation letter and go to the links within the letter.
  • Encourage each students to wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing suitable for Wisconsin weather.
  • Tell students to keep extra items at home. Everything they bring with them will need to be carried throughout the day. 
  • No cell phone usage during the event.  

Student Preparation Checklist  

  • Do not register yourself, have a parent or guardian register you by April 14, 2014
  • Turn into your chaperone, a signed Liability/Photo Release Form prior to the event.
  • Wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing suitable for Wisconsin weather, including rain gear.
  • Keep extra items at home. Everything you bring will need to be carried with you throughout the day. 
  • No cell phone usage during the event.  

​Cancellation Policy  

Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education. Substitutes may utilize the workshops of the person they are replacing. A signed Liability and Release form for the substitute must be brought to the event for the substitute. 
A full refund will be provided if the cancellation request is received in writing/email by April 17, 2014. No refunds will be given after April 18, 2014. No shows are responsible for the full registration fee.  Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or severe weather.

​Special Needs

If any participant has physical or dietary needs that require special accommodations, please notify us by April 14, 2014. Call Jody Bognar at 800-544-3039 ext 4903 or 715-604-2084 or email jbognar@uwsp.edu.   

Continuing Education Coordination Team

Jody Bognar, Associate Outreach Specialist:  800-544-3039, ext 4903 or 715-604-2084 jbognar@uwsp.edu
Julie Hellweg, Program Manager:  715-346-3730, jhellweg@uwsp.edu

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