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

​Date: February 1, 2020

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

​Location: West Bend School District Outdoor Classroom

Registration link

​Forest Health and the Energy Connection: Leveraging Your School Site to Save Energy

Join LEAF and KEEP to explore the intersection between energy conservation and forest health. Your urban forest is a powerful tool improving your community’s air and water quality, reducing heating and cooling needs, and curbing greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll demonstrate how to conduct tree inventories on your school grounds then apply the ecosystem benefits derived to evaluate your school building’s energy management opportunities. You’ll become connected to two online civic science tools for the classroom, the Wisconsin Community Tree Map from the WDNR and PLT’s Teaching with i-Tree, as well as receive training using professional forestry and energy tools available for loan to your school. The workshop will include time for school site assessment and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities and tools will be supplied so educators can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for educators of grades 5-12. Meets the requirements for the EE stipulation.

Cost: $35 Register here.

​Date: March 6, 2020

Location: Wisconsin Dells

​Wisconsin Forest Products Kit: A Classroom Resource!

Join us to learn about LEAF's new Forest Products Kit that will be located at 11 locations throughout the state.  The kit contains various wood products made in Wisconsin, common Wisconsin tree wood samples, slides that show wood structure, and various books and curriculum that will help students explore the wood products industry, associated careers, and its importance in the Wisconsin economy.  Come learn about this hands-on learning resource for your technology education classroom.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Technology and Engineering Education Conference. For more information, or to register, visit this link.

​Date: March 11, 2020

9:00 am - 3:00 pm (see details about optional overnight)

​Location: Treehaven, Tomahawk

Registration link

Fire and Our Forests

Fire is a hot topic both worldwide and locally in Wisconsin. Did you know that the Wisconsin DNR responded to more than 700 wildland fire calls last year!? As people continue to move into forested areas, the potential for loss of property and lives increases. Yet, fire plays an important natural role in many forest ecosystems.

Join LEAF for a Wildland Fire Education workshop where K-12 educators will explore the history, socio-cultural issues, management, and current status of wildland fire in Wisconsin and beyond. Participants will receive the LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Wildland Fire Lesson Guide, Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide, and other useful classroom resources. Activities will also include a tour of Treehaven’s fire ecology research plots.

Cost: $85; includes workhop and lunch. Register here by February 25th. Subsititute reimbursement of up to $150 for March 11 is available to your school/district.

Dinner and a Speaker: For no additional cost, please join us on March 10 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm for Treehaven's Dinner and a Speaker event. In "Wind, Water, and Fire in the Boundary Waters," you will discover the history of fire and its impacts on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) with Treehaven resident ecologist Elias Anoszko. Elias will also explore what these events can tell us about the future of the BWCAW.

If participating in both the Dinner and a Speaker and the Workshop, LEAF will cover your registration for the Dinner and a Speaker as well as dorm style lodging on March 10th and breakfast at Treehaven on March 11th. You will be contacted after registration for your dorm and meal needs.

Date: March 20, 2020

Location: Wisconsin Dells

​Using the Wisconsin 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 display them on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect tree data on species, size, condition and location of the trees and then can assess diversity, calculate tree benefits, and more. With the 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. Different resources are also made available from the DNR, PLT, and LEAF.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers annual conference. For more information, or to register, visit this link.

​Date: March 20, 2020

​Location: Wisconsin Dells

Where Have All the Fish Gone? An Exploration Into Impervious Surfaces

When we develop waterfront lots, trees and native plants are replaced by impervious (hard) surfaces like driveways and rooftops. Impervious surfaces decrease the ability of the shoreland area to serve its natural functions. Participants will examine human impacts on Wisconsin lakes and rivers and the fish that live there as they play a research-based game and perform an experiment which models the difference between run off and percolation rates as water runs off to a lake basin. During the workshop participants will get a chance to build their own water run off models. Materials to build this model will be provided to pre-registered participants.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers annual conference. For more information, or to register, visit this link.

​Date: March 21, 2020

​Location: Wisconsin Dells

Connect With Elementary Life Science DCIs through Forestry Education

Teaching in and about Wisconsin’s forests can help students learn about the Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in a meaningful and relevant way. Participants in this session will get a hands-on introduction to the LEAF Program’s Forestry Education Curriculum, looking at indoor and outdoor lessons that have strong connections to the Life Science DCIs for grades K-5. We will also have a discussion about how these lessons can be implemented in a way that supports three-dimensional learning in the elementary classroom. Participants will receive download instructions for LEAF’s K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide as well as a paper copy of LEAF’s Urban Forest Lesson Guide and Wildland Fire Lesson Guide.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers annual conference. For more information, or to register, visit this link.

​Date: March 21, 2020

Location: Wisconsin Dells

​Teach Middle School "Earth and Human Activity" DCIs through Forestry Education

The middle school Disciplinary Core Ideas about Earth and Human Activity ask students to investigate issues related to human impact on the environment, sustainable resource use, and climate change. These concepts can be taught in a relevant and meaningful way as part of a unit on forestry. Participants in this session will get a hands-on introduction to LEAF and Project Learning Tree (PLT), looking at indoor and outdoor forestry education lessons that have strong connections to the Earth and Space Science DCIs for middle school. We will also look at connections Life Science DCIs, and have a discussion about how these lessons can be implemented in a way that supports three-dimensional learning. Participants will receive download instructions for LEAF’s K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide, as well as Project Learning Tree handouts and a paper copy of LEAF’s Urban Forest Lesson Guide and Wildland Fire Lesson Guide.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers annual conference. For more information, or to register, visit this link.

Date: March 28, 2020

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

​Location: Menasha Public Library

Registration link

​Step Outside and Into Health and Wellness Engagement: 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-12 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 in intended for teachers just beginning their adventure in teaching outdoors. Meets requirements for the EE Stipulation.

Cost: $75 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: March 5, 2020

Location: Green Bay

​Connecting With Families through School-to-Home Nature Activities

Project Learning Tree's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" curriculum provides fun opportunities for school-to-home connections through its Family and Friends/Familia y amigos pages. Participants in this session will explore three of PLT's nature-based activity groupings, and then look at the Family and Friends resources that accompany them. By using this resource, early childhood educators can help build partnerships with families by giving them easy-to-use ideas for continuing classroom themes at home. Family and Friends/Familia y amigos activities also help families become comfortable engaging in outdoor exploration and nature play with their young children.

This session is part of the Promoting Early Childhood Conference hosted by the Department of Public Instruction.

​Date: March 16, 2020

Location: Madison

Connecting to High School Geography Standards through Forests of the World

Wisconsin's high school Geography standards ask students to evaluate the relationship between humans and the environment, and to look at population patterns and analyze changes over time. These concepts can be taught in a relevant and meaningful by looking at the world's forest resources.  Participants in this session will get a hands-on introduction to Project Learning Tree's "Global Connections: Forests of the World" curriculum, focusing on lessons that have connections to the Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies for high school Geography. We will also briefly discuss how these lessons, and geography students' study of place, helps social studies classrooms connect with the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability. Participants will receive a copy of "Forests of the World" thanks to support from the LEAF Program and the DNR Division of Forestry.

This session is part of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies annual conference. For more information and to register, visit this link.

Scheduled by Request

​Location: Your site

Customized Project Learning Tree Training

Use the environment to engage PreK-12 students in learning, both outdoors and indoors. Project Learning Tree's award winning curriculum materials help teach students how to think, not what to think, about real-world issues. Specialized topics include "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood," "PLT K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide," "Treemendous Science" (grade K-2), "Energy in Ecosystems" (grade 3-5), "Carbon & Climate" (grade 6-8), as well as a variety of secondary-level topics.

For more information, contact wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

Scheduled by Request

Location: Online

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Training -- Online

Training in Project Learning Tree's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" that can be completed whenever and wherever is convenient to you. For more information and to register, go to this link.

​Scheduled by Request

Location: Online

Project Learning Tree K-8 Training -- Online

Training in PLT's "Environmental Education Activity Guide" that can be completed on your own time, at your own convenience. For more information and to register, go to this link.