May 9-June 20. Wisconsin Master Naturalist Training, Kohler-Andre State Park. People who are fascinated with nature and eager to share their knowledge and skills with others can enroll in an upcoming course to be certified as a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer. The UW Extension is a major partner in this program with the Department of Natural Resources. The program is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of the state’s natural resources. The course fee is $250 and involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship. Upon completion of training, the naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/interpretation, stewardship or citizen science. Classes will run approximately seven hours each Saturday on May 9, 16 and 30. June classes are scheduled each Saturday on June 6 and 13 and conclude with a five – hour class on June 20. Both indoor and outdoor instruction plus at least two field trips are included in the training. Contact the WIMN state office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for the Sheboygan course closes Friday, April 17, 2015.
May 15 deadline. May is Clean Air Month. Celebrate with DNR’s Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest! Celebrate Clean Air Month this May by leading your students through an activity (or more than one!) from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Activity guide, which aims to teach 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air. Teachers, please submit original poems and riddles created by your students as part of the Where’s the Air? activity. For more information about air education contact Lindsay Haas, 262-574-2113.
May 30 deadline. 2015 Invasives Species Awareness Month Video Contest. The WI Invasive Species Council wants to see how you protect the places you play from invasive species. Record and submit a short video showing how you prevent the spread of invasive species. The videos with the most votes will be used to promote invasive species prevention. For awareness month and video contest information visit invasivespecies.wi.gov.
August 18. Project WET Training Workshop. Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) trainig provides hands-on activities to help you teach about water and is designed and tested by educators. Best of all, Project WET is fun! The focus of this workshop is storm water and how it impacts the environment. Specific areas that will be featured include: Learning how to use the hands on learning activities including water quality testing and macro-invertebrate sampling, sharing ideas and tips with other teachers, and learning about finding and utilizing local and state program resources. Cost: $25 workshop fee that covers all program materials, morning break and beverages, and the project WET guidebook—please bring your own bag lunch. Call 262-970-6680 to register by August 10, 2015. For specific workshop questions, contact Jayne Jenks at 262-896-8305.
August 22. New exhibits coming to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. Come and trace the history of this great gathering place and hunting ground through the ages. The interactive and educational displays include a walk-through glacier, woolly mammoth and dioramas showing how the arrival of early humans opened a new chapter in the marsh's history. To arrange for a field trip or group visit, contact: Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893. The Education and Visitor Center welcomes schools, community groups and others interested in topics ranging from geology and history to biology and modern wildlife management. Programs combine classroom work with outdoor sample collection and observation.