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Exciting Workshops For Educators!

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Build your skill set, learn a new subject, and have fun – all at the same time! Check out these upcoming workshops for educators and others!

Earth Day Conference
Eighth Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
April 22, 2014

We've entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene--"the age of humans"--requiring new strategies for conservation and prosperity. Earth: To Be Determined will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, human health, natural resources, the economy, urban development, the demographics of the environmental movement and more. Click here for more information!

Environmental Education: FREE Composting in Schools Workshop
Environmental Education in Wisconsin
April 30, 2014, 9am-3pm

Join composting experts as you discover how to introduce composting into your school. You'll be provided with an introduction to composting and vermicomposting, the challenges and techniques of composting in schools, how to manage food waste, tying composting into the Common Core standards, and much more. Click here to learn more, and here to register.

Environmental Education: FREE Green & Healthy Schools WI School Gardens Workshop
Environmental Education in Wisconsin
May 13, 2014, 8:30am-3pm
May 22, 2014, 8:30am-3pm

In this workshop, participants will discuss why youth gardening and garden-based education is important and will learn strategies to plan, design, and implement child-centered youth gardens for school, early childhood, and after-school sites. Participants will also review garden-based curriculum and share ideas for incorporating such lessons into their classroom. In addition, participants will build their knowledge of best practice youth garden and garden-based education planning and design with regard to program sustainability. Links for more information on each session are below.
Click here for information on the May 13 session and click here to register.
Click here for information on the May 22 session and click here to register.

G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture Institute
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI
July 14-17, 2014

A 4-day professional development institute to help educators increase their climate literacy and ability to guide studetns in investigating climate change. In this Institute you will learn how to integrate place-based evidence of climate change with the latest climate research, evaluate the impacts of climate change on the environment, cultures, and communities, infuse Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge and language components, and much more! Best of all, it's FREE! To learn more, click here and then click on "G-WOW Institute."

Earth Partnership
Indigenous Arts and Sciences for Schools and Communities
Summer 2014

Learn how to monitor and care for environmental resources using Ojibwe perspectives of land and water stewardship. This workshiop will show you how to design and implement a stewardship project in your school or community through engaging interdisciplinary ativities that explore science, math, social studies, art, and more. Teachers, informal educators, community members, and famillies are all encouraged to participate in a week of exciting outdoor experiences! For information about the Lac du Flambeau area program, contact Claire Shaller (, 608-262-9925), and for information on the Ashland area program, contact Fawn YoungBear-Tibbetts (, (715) 681-1312).

Field Station Natural History Workshops
Summer & Fall 2014

Our workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations teach ecology, evolution, use of taxonomic keys, and techniques. The workshops present college-level instruction and are designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. The only prerequisite for any of the workshops is a keen interest in the topic. Enrollment in each session is limited to 20, providing an informal atmosphere and individualized instruction. Learn more and see course titles, dates, and registration information here.

Naturalist Winter Enrichment Series (Winter Enrichment Lecture)
UW Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI

Attend any or all of the ten lectures in this fantastic winter series. Lecture topics include landscape design, population dynamics of grey wolves, earthworms, connecting people to birds through mobile technology, planet genetics and evolution, and archaeology. Lectures will be given by UW-Madison & Edgewood professors & grad students as well as a Columbia University professor and Wisconsin DNR faculty member. Learn more about the lectures and/or register here.

UW-Stevens Point Professional Development
UW-Stevens Point, Online Learning & Outdoor Classrooms

LEAF, Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program, offers many classes for professional development. This spring's courses include winter ecology and tree identification, forestry principles, and human influence on Wisconsin's forests.
Click here for a complete list of courses and information on registration.

Environmental Education in Wisconsin
Online Webinars

Check this link often to see all the webinars that EE in Wisconsin offers! There are webinars on education, EPA showcases, Farm to School programs, gardening, wildlife conservation, and more! They're always updating the site, so click here and find a webinar that appeals to you!

KEEP Courses
WI K-12 Energy Education Program - various locations
Each of the following courses is one graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point. Scholarships are available (contact jmollica[at] eligibility and availability) and visit "Professional Development" at for more information. Online courses available, too.

Green & Healthy Schools Workshop
Earth Gauge and the COMET Program are providing a series of free online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and environment. These courses count for continuing education credit thrugh the American Metorological Society's certified broadcast meteorologist program. These one- and two-hour classes are free, but registration is required.

Courses include:
Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together
Weather and Health
Weather and the Built Environment
Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment
Find out more and register...

MREA Courses
Ongoing - Midwest Renewable Energy Association
MREA is a national leader in providing high quality education and training programs for consumers, businesses, and renewable energy system installers. MREA offers workshops that cover a variety of topics in renewable energy including:

  • Photovoltaics or PV (solar electric)
  • Residential Wind Systems
  • Solar Domestic Hot Water/Solar Thermal Systems
  • Site Assessor Training & Certification
  • Installer Training
  • Renewable Energy Business
  • Alternative Construction

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