STEM Exploration Day at Treehaven

Friday, May 4, 2018

This one-day conference is catered to boys and girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 to get them fired up and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The event showcases STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin. Students will engage in hands-on workshops and learn the many career paths available with an education in STEM.  Attendees will engage in workshops in and outside of the Treehaven facility. Schools are encouraged to bring student groups, but individuals are welcome to attend the program. 
Capacity for this event is limited to approximately 110 students.  There are eight different workshops student may choose from. Students will rank eight they want to attend and two they do not. When registration closes, a mathematical formula sorts students into workshops.  Students typically attend one or two workshops within their top eight and are never placed in workshops they do not want to attend. 
A $40 registration fee includes a keynote presentation, three one-hour workshops, event materials, a t-shirt and a lunch. 

Available workshops are listed below. 
Registration is closed.  The program is full. 

The Treehaven Facility, Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Treehaven CampusTreehaven'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. About Treehaven

Keynote Speaker

Peter Weishampel, Field Operations Manager, Great Lakes Domain
National Ecological Observatory Network

Peter Weishampel teaching forest ecology.jpgPeter has been studying the ecology and biogeochemistry of forests and wetlands since 1991. He's worked on projects investigating acid rain, nitrogen cycling, and gypsy moth invasions in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia; nutrient uptake via mycorrhizal networks and the impacts of nutrient enrichment in calcareous wetland plant communities in central New York State; and carbon cycling, trace gas fluxes, and climate change feedbacks in forests and peatland ecosystems of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. He did post-doctoral research in the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, and taught for five years as an Assistant Professor of Biology and Natural Resources at Northland College, a liberal arts college in northern Wisconsin that emphasizes environmental learning. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College, an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.

Keynote title: 
Careers in science, through the lens of the National Ecological Observatory Network

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) conducts ecological research in 81 field sites in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Five of these locations are in northern Wisconsin (including Treehaven). Employees working on the NEON project have training, backgrounds, and experiences in a diverse range of STEM disciplines. Together, they focus their expertise towards improving our understanding of environmental and ecological changes across the country. This talk will highlight some of the different areas of work and career paths of NEON employees.

Conference at a Glance 
​8:30 - 9 a.m.
Welcome​9 - 9:10 a.m.
​Keynote Presentation (Auditorium)9:10-9:30 a.m​
Workshop A​ (various locations)​9:45 -10:45 a.m.
Lunch​10:55 - 11:45 a.m. ​
​Move to auditorium for a drawing11:45 - 11:50 a.m.
Workshop B​ ​(various locations)noon - 1:00 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (various locations)1:10 - 2:10 p.m.​
​Evaluation and Departure (bus pick location)
2:10 p.m.​


Registration scholarships are available only to students upon written recommendation by a teacher, parent or school administrator. Scholarship requests must include the name of the student in need of scholarship, a reason for the request and the school's name.  

Email or mail recommendations to Anne Rogalski, Program Manager with Continuing Education and Outreach, to request a scholarship. Email Anne at or mail to Continuing Education and Outreach, 2100 Main Street, Room 032, Stevens Point, WI 54481.  Scholarship deadline: March 23, 2018


Each registrant will receive a t-shirt at the event (including scholarship students). The event t-shirt for 2017-2018 is below in smoke gray. T-shirts are in adult sizes with widths in inches below:

​X Large​24"
​2X Large​26"
​3X Large​28"

Liability and Photo Release Forms
NEW! Due on April 27, 2018 (one week prior to event)

Each attending student must have a Photo and Liability Release Form approved by a parent or guardian on file with us prior to the event. Liability forms created by individual schools are NOT accepted. Preferred method: ONLINE  

Teacher Tip Regarding Online Forms:  (Since this is a new process)
Parents completing the online form receive an email receipt.  Chaperones could ask parents to forward the receipt emails to them so they are aware the form has been completed.  Since we receive the forms online your copy of that email does not need to be provided to us. 

Chaperones may contact us at anytime asking how many of their students have online forms submitted.  

Email scanned copies to:
Mail to: Mary Jo Oliver, 2100 Main St. 032 Main Bldg.
UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Fax to: 715-346-3504


Lunch will be served from 10:55 to 11:45 a.m. in the one or two locations at the Treehaven Facility. Registration includes the option to select a vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch and to also include any dietary restrictions.