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March 5-6. Visit the DNR exhibit at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Conference, Wisconsin Dells. Join the field trip to Devil's Lake State Park and stop by to pick up educational publications at our booth. Staff will be presenting sessions on invasives and a new trail-cam program called Snapshot Wisconsin.

March 10. Green & Healthy Schools: Project WET & Project Learning Tree. Registration for Green & Healthy Schools Educators only $10.* 9:00 am-3:30 pm. Fox River Environmental Education Alliance (FREEA), Appleton, WI. Lunch will be provided. Register now. Registration closes 10 days before the event. Please send your registration fee (check made out to WCEE) as soon as possible after registering to: Nicole Filizetti, WI Center for Environmental Education, UW-Stevens Point - 403 LRC, 900 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481. *Thanks to generous grants, the workshop will be offered at the reduced price of $10 for Green & Healthy School faculty and staff (a savings of $50!). Participants are required to register their school as a Green & Healthy School to attend at the reduced fee. Participants not with registered Green & Healthy School will be charged $60. For more information, contact: Cindy Koepke at 608-267-7622.

March 15. Fourth Grade Free Tree Seedlings for Arbor Day. The DNR is once again providing tree seedlings to fourth grade classrooms. Start planning your Arbor Day (April 24) celebrations and go online to place your order. The order deadline is March 15.


April 15. 2016 State Park Sticker Design Contest. Wisconsin state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers are designed by high school students chosen in a statewide contest. The design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is open to all high school age students attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin. Entries for the 2016 sticker design contest are being accepted now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

April 25. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD Workshop. NORDA, Ladysmith. This training provides the resources needed to engage students in active, hands-on learning about wildlife and their habitats in Wisconsin. The program focuses on developing students' critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills through cross-curricular lessons that can be used in any educational or outdoor setting. Project WILD materials also support STEM learning and instruction for students in pre-K through 12. Participants will receive additional educational resources produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Contact karen@norda.com.


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 info@wimasternaturalist.org. Registration for the Sheboygan course closes Friday, April 17, 2015.


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.

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