Events Calendar


​IMPORTANT UPDATE: With increased uncertainties around the spread of the coronavirus, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has taken several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of those precautions is canceling all university sponsored travel for students, faculty, and staff. Due to this, all in-person workshops scheduled between March 15, 2020-June 30, 2021 have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check out our online learning opportunities!

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is here to work with you to integrate environmental education into your curriculum and increase the sustainability of your school community. Some of the professional development opportunities listed below fulfill the DPI Environmental Education Stipulation. Look below for (EE Stipulation) in the description to identify the approved opportunities.
For information on workshops specific to energy education or forestry education visit The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program's (KEEP) or LEAF-Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program's professional development pages. 

Also listed here are Additional Online Educator Offerings and Online Student Offerings that can be used in class or remotely.


ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS

We are happy to personalize an online training for your organization. Contact wcee@uwsp.edu for more information.

Summer 2020

​Fall 2020

 Energy Education: Concepts & Practices Module -- ONLINE

This self-paced online module addresses energy concepts relating to energy definitions, natural laws of energy, energy flows in living and non-living systems, and their relationships to understanding and evaluating environmental issues. Module activities include exploration of energy readings and pertinent websites, home activities such as reading utility bills, home energy audits, and calculating the wattages of various home appliances. Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 7 hours and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The cost is $25 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date (between 9/1-12/18). (EE Stipulation)

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 Project Learning Tree: Early Childhood Training - ONLINE

Training in PLT's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood that can be completed whenever and wherever is convenient to you.

 Project Learning Tree: K-8 Training - ONLINE

Training in PLTs Environmental Education Activity Guide that can be completed on your own time, at your convenience.

 
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 Step Outside and Into Health and Wellness Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership -- ONLINE

This self-paced online module will help you 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, physical, 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 module 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 learn how to conduct 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. The module also includes training in Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and you will receive an e-book version of the PLT guide. You'll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for conducting a project-based environmental education product. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The module includes time for integrating stepping outside into your classroom setting, and provides a variety of ready-to-use activities so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module, which should take approximately 7 hours and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The cost is $50 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date (between 9/1-12/18). (EE stipulation)

 Using the WI Community Tree Map as an Educational Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment -- ONLINE

This self-paced online module teaches you how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of city and township tree inventories from around the state, with your students! 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. 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. Students learn technical skills using equipment and observation, real-world critical literacy, outside field collection, data analysis and interpretation, systems thinking processes, and civic science practices. Participants will receive access to a growing library of resources which include curriculum connections, data collection and analysis documents, and a collection of articles and resources on urban tree benefits. Upon successful completion of the module, participants will receive a certificate of completion and an organizational login and password for using the WI Community Tree Map as an inventory, research, and citizen science tool with students. This module will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. The cost is $25 and can be completed within 30 days of enrollment date (between 9/1-12/18). (EE stipulation)

​Climate Solutions Workshops

​An interactive climate solutions online workshop. Explore the En-ROADS simulation with us as you network with other teachers and imagine how this resource fits into your curriculum. For Wisconsin educators of Grades 6-12.

 Climate Solutions Workshop (October 29)

An interactive climate solutions online workshop. Explore the En-ROADS simulation with us as you network with other teachers and imagine how this resource fits into your curriculum. For Wisconsin educators of Grades 6-12.

Thursday, October 29 @ 4:00 PM

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​Virtual Conference Workshops

 Connect Visitors with Place through Solar Energy (November 5-7)

Join KEEP at WAEE in November for an on-demand presentation exploring ways to connect visitors to your site using solar energy. This 45-minute session will provide examples of place-based activities and solar concepts being used throughout Wisconsin that you can modify and bring back to your site. Whether your site has a solar array or not, you will also get a peek at how educators can use solar dashboards to build on an experience for visitors.

November 5-7 (on-demand)

 Solar Generation: Data Points of Interest (December 8)

KEEP will be leading an on-demand presentation at the virtual SLATE (School Leaders Advancing Technology Education) conference in December to discuss the benefits of using solar dashboards and their electricity generation data as a teaching tool. In this half-hour session, we orient attendees to the layout of an online dashboard platform and describe how energy data taps into the teaching concepts of student inquiry and data literacy. Come learn how to get free ArcGIS access for your classroom and test-drive our ArcGIS hosted dashboard map designed for student exploration of geographical and seasonal differences in solar panel production. Whether your school has a solar array or not, dashboards are a powerful way to bring the topic of renewable energy to life in the classroom. 

Tuesday, December 8 (on-demand) 

ADDITIONAL ONLINE EDUCATOR OFFERINGS

Get Outside Power Hour: Teaching in Your School Forest, School Grounds, and Your Community

Get support for teaching in your place outside. In this series of chats, we will explore various topics related to outdoor education each month. We will draw on LEAF’s expertise and our network of experienced teachers to host a general Q & A, facilitate meaningful discussions, troubleshoot and share ideas amongst each other, and learn at least one hands-on activity that is easy for students to do outside or remotely. We hope to create a sounding board and idea generation place for educators to handle the emerging COVID-19 conditions.

If you wish to receive a certificate of participation with the number of hours you participated, you must sign up for the entire series. If not, you can just select the sessions you wish to join. We're all in this together!

 Enhancing the Use of School Gardens, School Forests, School Grounds as Living Learning Environments (November 10)

Your classroom is your turf. Why not extend your classroom to your outdoor environment. We will discuss designing temporary and permanent sites outside for your classroom. You can hear school forest 101, resources for building outdoor classrooms, and more.

Tuesday, November 10 from 4:30-5:30 PM in Canvas

 Socially Distant Learning, Activities and Building Teamwork (December 9)

You’ve gone through a semester of learning with COVID-19. Let’s share successes and failures of what you’ve gone through. What are the most important learning lessons?

Wednesday, December 9 from 4:30-5:30 PM in Canvas




Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series sponsored by LEAF

​Join LEAF staff and DNR experts over your lunch-hour as we explore different topics in the world of forestry. Each online session will provide background content about the day’s scheduled forestry topic, mention career pathways for students, and allow question and answer time for participants to interact with the presenter.

 Public Benefits from Private Forests presented by Ron Gropp, Private Forestry Specialist (November 3)

Did you know that the majority the forest land in Wisconsin is owned by families and individuals? Why is good stewardship of these forestlands important to Wisconsin? Learn about the importance of private forestlands and the support offered to these woodland owners to help them practice sustainable forestry.

Tuesday, November 3 from 12:00-1:00 PM

 Caring for Our Public Forests presented by Ron Weber, Forest Ranger (December 3)

The public places myriad demands on our public (county, state and national) forests. Let’s explore how foresters care for our public forests to provide for social, economic and ecological needs. Learn how foresters balance multiple use management on these lands with timber harvests to meet other goals such as wildlife habitat and recreational purposes. We will focus on the management of the Flambeau River State Forest on its 90th anniversary this year!

Thursday, December 3 from 12:00-1:00 PM

 A Census of Wisconsin Forests presented by Brian Anderson, Forest Inventory Analyst (January 14)

As the federal government wraps up the 2020 census of people, let’s delve into how and why the government also does a “census” of trees. You’ll get highlights of the information regarding Wisconsin trees and forests and how you can access the data.  The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, through the United States Forest Service, is a powerful inventory platform that can track changes in forests over time at small (county) and large (state, national) scales. We’ll discover that Wisconsin also has several other inventory programs that make the state a leader in forest inventory and analysis.

Thursday, January 14 from 12:00-1:00 PM



ONLINE STUDENT OFFERINGS

​October is Energy Action Month

Energy Awareness Month is a national campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of energy in all parts of society – homes, schools, healthcare, food, transportation and even in the unbuilt environment of natural habitats. Join us to take action and commit to participating in energy awareness observations this autumn.

 Play the Cool Choices Game! (starting October 1)

Engage your staff and/or students in an electronic game. Cool Choices, is a fun, easy, and social way to engage the school community in sustainability efforts. The game enables teams at your school(s) to document sustainable actions for points! For Wisconsin schools and students (Grades 4-12)

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Becoming a Smart Energy Consumer (October 15)

Would you know if your carbon footprint is off the charts? Let’s investigate! Discover how your personal behaviors impact energy consumption and costs and how these have changed during the time of COVID-19. Take action to conserve energy and work towards a healthier home and community. (Grades 6-12).

Thursday, October 15 from 11:00-11:45 AM

 Your Home's Seasonal Wardrobe: Preparing for Winter (November 12)

Layering up might be enough for you, but what does your home need to be winter-ready? Explore your space to uncover ways your household uses energy in different seasons. Take action to conserve energy, stay comfortable during Wisconsin's chilly months, and work towards a healthier home and community. For students (Grades 6-12) and families.

Thursday, November 12 from 11:00-11:45 AM

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Virtual Classroom Learning Series (grades 6-12)

​Energy Focused Presentations

 The Future of Transportation (October 28)

How we get around is changing - from the size and type of vehicle to the way it's powered. Jane will talk about electric vehicles and a potential future where all our vehicles are powered by renewable energy. But what does that look like? And, how do we get there? (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, October 28 from 10:00-10:45 AM via Zoom

 Investigating Home Water Use (November 10)

Each drop of water has costs associated with the supply, transport, treatment, and energy required to heat water to a comfortable temperature. In this activity you will determine how much each shower you take costs and investigate how much money, water, and energy could be saved through water conservation measures. (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, November 10 from 1:30-2:15 PM via Zoom

 Solar and Sustainability at Schools - A Case for Student Involvement (November 24)

Schools across the United States and in Wisconsin are increasingly installing solar, passing 100% renewable energy resolutions, and making sustainability a priority. This topic is intended for students interested in learning about what the process is like to go solar, how and why schools are making solar and other sustainability-related investments, and what the benefits are for schools. Learn from a solar professional as well as a student activist on how you can use your voice to make a difference at your school. (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, November 24 from 1:30-2:15 PM via Zoom

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Virtual Classroom Learning Series (grades 6-12)

Forestry Focused Presentations

 Climate Change and the Trees Around Us (October 27)

Part of Understanding Community Systems series. In this session, we will explore the connection between trees and climate change. You will learn how to measure the height and diameter of trees using simple classroom tools, and then use those measurements to determine how much carbon is sequestered by each tree. Then compare this data to the amount of carbon produced by average schools and local businesses. Finally, we will look at scientific models to see how local trees might be affected by climate change in the future. (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, October 27 from 1:30-2:15 PM via Zoom

Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Virtual Classroom Learning Series (grades 6-12)

Other Sustainability Focused Presentations

 Where is Away? Follow Your Trash Trail (November 4)

Where does your trash and recycling go when it is picked up from your curbside? How is it managed to ensure protection of our land and waters? Gain an understanding and appreciation for how today’s landfills are engineered and advancements in technology have helped separate recyclable resources for reuse. Tips to help us reduce waste and learn to recycle better will be shared. (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, November 4 from 10:00-10:45 AM via Zoom

 Exploring Our Water Story in Google Earth (November 18)

Discover hidden water stories using a free digital tool that opens a portal to interactive inquiry at home or in the classroom—the Milwaukee Community Map. Use Google Earth to zoom in and out to explore your own private museum exhibit on the many facets of Milwaukee's Water Story. Through data, visuals, and videos, learn about climate change, stormwater, green infrastructure, watersheds, water history, green schoolyards, community groups, and what it means to be "water-centric"! (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, November 18 from 10:00-10:45 AM via Zoom

 Tackling Trash - Defining Marine Debris and Identifying How Your Actions Matter (December 2)

Marine debris injures and kills aquatic and marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health. Our oceans, our waterways, and our beaches are polluted with a wide variety of marine debris, especially plastic materials. Learn more about the origins of trash in our waters, its impacts and, most importantly, what YOU can do about it. We will investigate one surprising way it enters our waterways: the wastewater treatment plant. (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, December 2 from 10:00-10:45 AM via Zoom

 Exploring Winter Ecology (December 8)

Part of Understanding Community Systems series. Join us as we step outside to learn a little bit about phenology, ecology, and the role that biodiversity plays in sustaining wildlife habitats in winter. We will also explore how these concepts are connected to climate change in our Wisconsin communities. (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, December 8 from 1:30-2:15 PM via Zoom

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Online Professional Development

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

Project Learning Tree K-8 Training - Online: Training in PLTs Environmental Education Activity Guide that can be completed on your own time, at your convenience. For more information, go to this link.

In-Person, Scheduled by Request

Forestry Education Workshop or In-Service: LEAF staff can come to you for a field-based or classroom-based training, customized for your school or district. Activities will revolve around LEAF's K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide. For more information, go to this link.

School Grounds Workshop or In-Service: Let us help your staff learn how to engage your students by using the teaching environment that is waiting just outside your school door! Fully customizable professional development. For more information, go to this link.

School Forest Workshop or In-Service: Learn how to maximize your school forest as a teaching and learning tool. Training can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. For more information, go to this link.

Project Learning Tree Workshop: Training in PLT's Environmental Education Activity Guide can be customized for your next staff professional development day. For more information, go to this link.

Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills through Energy Workshop or In-Service: KEEP staff can come to you for an energy-focused training, customized for your school or district. Lessons explored will come from KEEP's K-12 Energy Education Activity Guide. For more information, go to this link.

Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy Workshop or In-Service: Professional development to help your staff use KEEP's Doable Renewables Activity Guide for teaching about energy. Training can be customized to fit the needs of your school or district. For more information, go to this link.

Utilizing the School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency Workshop or In-Service: Learn how to use your school building as an engaging tool for teaching about the real-world concepts of energy and energy efficiency. Fully customizable for your school or district. For more information, go to this link.

Place-based Learning: Engaging Students in Sustainability: Learn how to use your building and surrounding community as an extension of your classroom. An emphasis will be on unique features at your specific site to make learning relevant. For more information, go to this link.