Summer Workshop Series


The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering a series of professional development events, which allows participants to select from a suite of offerings. 

Enhance your integration of environmental education, connect your curriculum to standards-based activities using the outdoors, and advance your utility of place-based resources to engage learners.

Workshops will start at 9:00 and end at 4:30 (unless otherwise noted). Certificates of Participation provided for 7 hours of professional development.

Interested in graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point? Your participation in any two approved workshops during the Summer 2018 semester makes you eligible! Participants pay for their two workshops plus $150 toward their UWSP tuition (a tuition scholarship in the amount of $337.20 will be applied from the WCEE to cover the remaining tuition costs). Contact the WCEE at WCEE@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4818 for more information.





Working Toward a “Three Dimensional” Approach to K-8 Science Learning | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

Wisconsin's new Standards for Science and the Next Generation Science Standards both encourage a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. This more holistic view also mirrors many of the goals of environmental education, making the environment a great context for learning science. In this workshop, we will dissect lessons from Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Activity Guide and look for the crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science practices they contain. We will then take the next step of connecting these lessons to your existing curriculum to help create well-rounded science units that are ready for the upcoming school year.

Date: July 11, 2018

Cost: $75

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Disconnect to Reconnect - Building Your Wellness and Wonder Through Nature | Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point

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The pressures of teaching increase every year with tighter budgets, decreased instructional support, and increased mental health needs of our students. Nature is your prescription for this day. Devices will be tucked away. Phones will be off. Spend the day learning ways to pause, ground yourself, and reconnect with the natural world. Leave with techniques for building wellness through nature and igniting the sense of wonder in your students.

Date: July 19, 2018

Cost: $75

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Energy Curriculum for Real-world STEM Education | Stevens Point Area Senior High School

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Create authentic inquiry experiences, and increase motivation, through student-led school building energy audits. In this workshop, we’ll explore energy efficiency curriculum and practice using energy audit tools; then connect these activities to larger environmental issues, local school district projects and goals, and service learning opportunities. You’ll leave this workshop with ready-to-use activities and an Energy Audit Sampler kit valued at $150 to allow for immediate implementation back at school!

Date: July 25, 2018 

Cost: $75 

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Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy | Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Custer

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Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Develop phenomena for your NGSS lessons. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences.

Date: July 26, 2018

Cost: $75

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Connect, Explore, Engage: Linking the New Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Standards to Your Current Practice
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The new ELS standards provide support and guidance for integrating environmental education in your classroom. Let's unpack these standards, taking time to experience what they mean through a sample of EE activities and crossing them with other subject areas. You'll also have the opportunity to revise your existing curriculum to integrate these standards--so bring along resources to be able to do so!

Date: August 1, 2018

Cost: $75

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