For a full list of upcoming professional development opportunities visit our professional development online registration portal. Contact Jamie Mollica for any registration-related questions.
LEAF offers self-paced, online trainings for educators and community members.
Curious about teaching outdoors, but unsure what you need for success with learning outside the four walls of a classroom? LEAF’s Step Outside Into Learning training will provide you with lesson ideas, classroom management strategies, and development of an implementation plan to provide you with confidence facilitating outdoor instruction. Participants will 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. In this updated version of our popular training, participants will receive instruction and e-book access to Project Learning Tree’s new Explore Your Environment guide, as well as an introduction to LEAF’s revised Forestry Education Lesson Guides. You’ll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for creating a project-based environmental education product.
This self-paced online training is designed for middle and high school teachers and support staff who want resources and activities to help introduce their students to the wide range of careers related to forests. Participants will receive an e-book copy of Project Learning Tree’sGreen Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers curriculum, as well as specific training in how to effectively use these hands-on activities to help youth research different forest sector careers and learn what it takes to perform these jobs.
Participants in this online training will learn about the reasons for teaching about climate change, explore the arguments and controversies involved in the topic, and delve into strategies and curriculum materials designed to help cut through the noise and bring students to a deeper understanding of the topic. This training is designed for middle and high school life science, agriculture, and environmental science teachers with beginning to intermediate knowledge of climate change. Participants will receive Project Learning Tree’s Carbon & Climate and Southeastern Forests and Climate Change curriculum materials.
This self-paced online training 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. Using a smart phone or other device, 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.
These offerings may be in our upcoming events or available by request. Contact us to inquire about any of the following offerings or check our upcoming events registration portal.
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.
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.
Want to provide a professional development opportunity related to Wisconsin’s forests, outdoor environmental education, and/or school forests that isn’t listed above? Contact us and we’ll discuss the options. We’ve provided professional development in winter ecology, team building, outdoor education methods, literacy, and a variety of other topics using Wisconsin’s forests as the focus.