LEAF Professional Development Calendar

Visit The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education’s professional development page for a full list of opportunities, including KEEP and Green and Healthy School workshops.

Date
Location Information
Workshop Information

​October 12, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

​Location: Michicot Elementary School, Michicot

Registration link

Step Outside and Into Health and Wellness Engagment: Outdoor Classroom Leadership

Harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. Conducting class outside offers many academic, social and emotional benefits for students. Studies link outdoor learning to improvement in attitudes toward school, increased student achievement, higher attendance, increased social development, and physical health benefits. Learning outdoors is even linked to a reduction of ADHD and ADD symptoms among some students. This workshop is designed for K-8 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants will become comfortable with conducting class outside on any type of school grounds (from urban concrete to rural forests) in order to engage and inspire students in learning. Guidelines, rules, safety considerations, resources and handouts will be provided so teachers have everything they need to lead confidently. Classroom management practices that fit within existing PBIS models and are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. This workshop is intended for K-8 teachers just beginning their adventure in teaching outdoors. This workshop counts towards the EE Stipulation.

Cost: $75 Register here.

 

​October 22, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

Registration link coming soon

Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy through Forestry Education

This workshop is designed for the science, social studies or agriculture teacher who wants to gain practice with integrating disciplinary literacy skills into content area teaching and learning. Using examples provided from both outdoor and classroom-based forestry education activities, we will explore how to maximize CCSS-connected opportunities for reading, writing, speaking and listening within teachers' existing curriculum. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away.

Cost: $75

Registration link coming soon.

 

October 23, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Superior

Registration link

Water Health and the Forest Connection: Tips & Tools to Study Local Water Resources

Water health and forest ecosystems go hand-in-hand, and school forests provide many opportunities for engaging students in learning about their environment. Whether in urban environments or the north woods, water is directly linked to trees and forests and connects these different parts of our state.  Join LEAF in your watershed to become inspired to teach about water at your school forest, or other local site. Participants will receive an overview of a variety of resources and curricula, including the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, Water Action Volunteers, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Project WET and Project Learning Tree, LEAF, and the UWSP Center for Land Use Education. Participants will also learn about using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for underwater exploration and get to operate an ROV to check out the structures and life below the surface! This workshop is being held at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Cost: $75 Register here.

 

November 6, 2019

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: DNR Service Center, Oshkosh

Registration link

Using the WI Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Cost: $35. Register here.

 

November 7, 2019

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: DNR Service Center, Milwaukee

Registration link

Using the WI Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Cost: $35. Register here.

 

November 8, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Registration link

Water Health and the Forest Connection: Tips & Tools to Study Local Water Resources

Water health and forest ecosystems go hand-in-hand, and school forests provide many opportunities for engaging students in learning about their environment. Whether in urban environments or the north woods, water is directly linked to trees and forests and connects these different parts of our state.  Join LEAF in your watershed to become inspired to teach about water at your school forest, or other local site. Participants will receive an overview of a variety of resources and curricula, including the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, Water Action Volunteers, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Project WET and Project Learning Tree, LEAF, and the UWSP Center for Land Use Education. Participants will also learn about using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for underwater exploration and get to operate an ROV to check out the structures and life below the surface!

Cost: $75. Register here.

 

​November 13, 2019

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: DNR Service Center, Black River Falls

Registration link

Using the WI Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Cost: $35. Register here.

 

November 14, 2019

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

​Location: DNR Service Center, Fitchburg

Registration link

Using the WI Community Tree Map as a Classroom Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.

Cost: $35. Register here.

 

​Scheduled by Request

Location: ​Your Site

​School Forest In-Service

School forest in-services can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity for your staff whether you have a new school forest and want to introduce educators to your newly registered property, or to provide in-depth resources for teachers in a "veteran" school forest program.

Contact leaf@uwsp.edu for more details.



​Scheduled by Request


​Location: Your site

LEAF Training Interest Form.docx

​LEAF Curriculum Workshop or In-Service

LEAF staff can help you set up a training or in-service for your school or district. Classroom-based or field-based professional development is customized to fit the needs and experience level of your staff, and may include background information on forests in Wisconsin, model teaching of LEAF lessons, and support for educational use of school grounds or school forests. LEAF training can also be combined with Project Learning Tree training if desired.

For more information email leaf@uwsp.edu.


Project Learning Tree Professional Development Calendar​​
 

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Date
Location Information
Workshop Information

Date: October 2, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

Location: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Ashland

Registration information

​PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Focus on Forests and Biodiversity

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this morning session will receive PLT's Focus on Forests and Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity modules. Focus on Forests provides opportunities for hands-on forest study and addresses concepts in biology, ecology, economics, and forest management. Biodiversity helps students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

Date: October 2, 2019

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

​Location: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Ashland

Registration information

PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Forests of the World and Places We Live

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this afternoon session will receive PLT's Global Connections: Forests of the World and Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live modules. Forests of the World provides opportunities to apply higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects. Places We Live, a useful tool for place-based education, allows teachers to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

​October 3, 2019

9:00 - 3:00 (includes lunch)

​Location: CESA 11, Turtle Lake

Registration link

Environmental Experiences and Nature Play for Early Childhood

Learn how to include nature exploration in your early childhood classroom by using Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Created to be developmentally appropriate for ages 3-6, PLT’s interactive environmental education activities address different learning styles while integrating nature exploration, literature, art, and music & movement into 30 learning experiences. In this workshop we will get hands-on with many different indoor and outdoor activities, discuss how to get early childhood students outside in all seasons, and explore how nature play can become an everyday part of student learning. PLT’s Early Childhood curriculum is correlated with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the NAEYC standards. Registry credit is available for this workshop.

Register here.

 

Date: October 23, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

Registration information

PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Focus on Forests and Biodiversity

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this morning session will receive PLT's Focus on Forests and Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity modules. Focus on Forests provides opportunities for hands-on forest study and addresses concepts in biology, ecology, economics, and forest management. Biodiversity helps students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

​Date: October 23, 2019

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

Registration information

PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Forests of the World and Places We Live

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this afternoon session will receive PLT's Global Connections: Forests of the World and Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live modules. Forests of the World provides opportunities to apply higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects. Places We Live, a useful tool for place-based education, allows teachers to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

Date: October 24, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

Location: UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Registration information

PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Focus on Forests and Biodiversity

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this morning session will receive PLT's Focus on Forests and Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity modules. Focus on Forests provides opportunities for hands-on forest study and addresses concepts in biology, ecology, economics, and forest management. Biodiversity helps students learn that decisions about growth and development, energy use and water quality, and even human health, all rest to some extent on perspectives about biodiversity.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

Date: October 24, 2019

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

PLT Secondary Workshop Flyer.pdf

Location: UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Registration information

PLT Workshop Series for Secondary Educators: Forests of the World and Places We Live

Join us to become trained in Project Learning Tree's high school curriculum. PLT's secondary materials provide engaging opportunities to connect older students to real-world environmental issues, and help students (and teachers!) practice critical thinking skills.

Participants in this afternoon session will receive PLT's Global Connections: Forests of the World and Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live modules. Forests of the World provides opportunities to apply higher order thinking skills while investigating world forestry issues and conducting service-learning action projects. Places We Live, a useful tool for place-based education, allows teachers to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities.

Visit http://bit.ly/PLTSecondary for registration instructions. Please note there is a separate registration link for each session and each location! The cost is $35 for one session, or $60 for both sessions. (If you are signing up for both sessions, look on the registration page of your location to find the correct discount code.)

Substitute reimbursements of up to $65 for one session or $125 for both sessions are available; contact wcee@uwsp.edu for details.

 

On Demand

Location: Online

Registration Link​

ONLINE FORMAT: Project Learning Tree K-8 Training

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


​Scheduled By Request

Location: Your Site

​Project Learning Tree Training for Your Staff

​A customized Project Learning Tree workshop can be requested for your next staff in-service day.  Participants receive PLT's renowned environmental education curriculum materials, as well as a selection of support resources from LEAF and the Department of Natural Resources. Choose from Early Childhood (3-4 hours), K-8 (4-6 hours), or secondary (2-4 hours).  

Contact wcee-plt@uwsp.edu for more information.  

​On Demand

Location: Online

Registration link​

ONLINE FORMAT: Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Training

You've heard great things about PLT's curriculum for 3-6 year olds, but you haven't had a chance to attend a training.  Now you have an online option!  This self-paced training can be completed whenever and wherever is convenient for you.  Cost: $30, includes electronic version of Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.  

Find more details and register at http://shop.plt.org/early-childhood/​