STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven

Friday, May 1, 2015

This one day conference is catered to 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and boys to get fired up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin and faculty from UW-Stevens Point. 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 one-hour workshops. Attendees get a glimpse of the Treehaven facility in Tomahawk, Wisconsin with workshops held inside and out of doors.   
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Registration is closed.

Available workshops listed below.


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.

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Karen Oberhauser 

"What's going on with monarch butterflies, and how can YOU help them?"

Dr. Karen Oberhauser is a professor at the University of Minnesota and plays a leading role in monarch conservation and education around the world. She is Chair of the Monarch Joint Venture, founder of Monarch Lab and Monarchs in the Classroom, and 2013 winner of the White House Champions of Change Award. As Principal Investigator for Driven to Discover, she has led the design and implementation of the project since its inception.
Get to know Monarch Butterflies with international authority, Dr. Karen Oberhauser. In this keynote, Karen will share an overview of monarch biology and facilitate an exploration of monarch metamorphosis with the aid of live butterflies from the Monarch Lab (subject to availability). Participants will make observations and ask questions, the foundational activities of the Driven to Discover process. Karen will introduce the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, a national citizen science (citizen-based monitoring) project she founded, and orient participants to the ways they can contribute to monarch conservation.
Conference at a Glance
​8 - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (Auditorium) ​9 - 9:40 a.m.
Workshop A​ (various rooms and locations) ​9:50 - 10:50 a.m.
Lunch​ 1 (Cafeteria)​ 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Mini Session 1 - Health Careers 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Mini Demo 2 - Robotics 10:55 - 11:20 a.m.​
​Lunch 2 (Cafeteria) 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​
​Mini Session 3 - Health Careers 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​
​Mini Demo 4 - Robotics 11:30 - 11:55 a.m.​​
Workshop B​ ​(various rooms and locations) 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (various rooms and locations) 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.​
​End of Conference (Evaluations and Dismissal - Auditorium) 2:15-2:30 p.m.​

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.

Student Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for students upon written recommendation by a teacher or school administrator.  To apply for a scholarship please email with your recommendation for each student.  Please include the name of your school as well as each student's name.  Scholarship deadline is
April 9, 2015.     

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 May 1, 2015 if your school pays by purchase order. Contact Diana Wilcott at 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, and Discover.   DSC_8832.jpg 


Students will attend a mini session/demo of their choice on the flip side of each lunch rotation. Students will need to be registered for one Lunch Rotation and one Mini Session. 60 students in each lunch rotation will be allowed. Each Mini Session will have space for 30 students (2 Mini Sessions per Lunch Rotation).

Registration Forms

NEW! In an effort to provide each student with a better chance of attending workshops in their interest areas, we have a new registration process. What’s new? Registration of available workshops is no longer first come, first served. Registration to the program is first come, first served where the first 120 students to register by April 10, 2015 will be placed into the program. 

Liability and Photo Release Forms

Each student attending must bring a signed Liability and Photo Release Form 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. The Liability and Photo Release Form is on page two of the registration form.

Available Workshops

Registration Form Includes Student Workshop Selection Form (pg. 1) and Liability-and-Photo Release Form (pg.2)

Workshop Schedule The workshop schedule indicates when each workshop will be offered. Some workshops will be offered at all three time slots and others only once or twice.  

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T-shirts will be available for purchase March 26 - April 10, 2015 through an online order form separate from the event registration. T-shirts will be provided at the event and are non-refundable. Orders are due by April 10, 2015 and payments are due by May 1, 2015. Payment may be brought to the event in the form of a check or cash. Credit Card payments are not available at the event.  
Cost: $5.50 for sizes Small through Extra Large and $7.00 for sizes 2XL through 3XL.  T-shirts are a purple 4.6 oz. ring spun cotton. 
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Drop-off and Pick-up Times 

Drop-off times: 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 
Where: Designated entrance at main lobby of Treehaven facility
Pick-up times: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  
Where: Treehaven Entrance  

Bus Drop-off Location and Bus Parking

Provide bus drivers with drop-off and pick-up times and locations noted above. Buses should park in the lot designated for buses.

Vehicle Parking

Chaperones driving alone may park in lots next to main building.

Visitor Information and Maps

The campus map and visitor information can be found here: Treehaven Map and Directions.pdf 

Special Needs  

If any participant has physical or dietary needs that require special accommodations, please notify us by
April 24, 2015. Contact Jody Bognar, Outreach Specialist, at  

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification to Continuing Education and Outreach. 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. LiabilityandPhotoRelease2015Treehaven.pdf
Cancellations will receive a full refund if the cancellation request is received in writing/email by April 24, 2015. No refunds will be given after April 24, 2015. No shows are responsible for the full registration fee. T-shirts are non-refundable. Continuing Education and Outreach reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or severe weather. 

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 3:45 p.m. on March 26, 2015.
  • Register yourself first (one-time only) and then each of your students. 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 student 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.  

Student Preparation Checklist 

  •  Do not register yourself, have a parent or guardian register you by March 26, 2015.
  • 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.  

Continuing Education and Outreach Coordination Team 

Jody Bognar
Outreach Specialist
800-544-3039 ext. 4903
Cell: 715-604-2084
Julie Hellweg
Program Manager

Contact the Continuing Education and Outreach Office 

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 Girls website

UW-Stevens Point provides equal opportunities in employment and programming