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April 8. Project WET & Project Learning Tree for Green and Healthy Schools. Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha. 9-3:30. Project WET is a national interdisciplinary K-12 water education program and the focus of this workshop will be water conservation in schools. Project WET includes over 90 hands on, water focused activities that were developed in the classroom by teachers. Best of all, project WET is fun for students and educators! Project Learning Tree uses the forest as a "window" on the world to increase students' understanding of our environment; stimulate students' critical and creative thinking; develop students' ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill in students the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment. Thank you to the Natural Resources Foundation and the DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater for funding this workshop. Deadline to register is March 28th. To register, please go to: http://bit.ly/1bmPege. The workshop will be offered at the reduced price of $10 for Green & Healthy School faculty & staff. Not a member of a Green & Healthy School? Participants are required to register their school as a Green & Healthy School to attend at the reduced fee. A charge of $50 will be assessed to any participant not with a registered Green & Healthy School. * Attendees must be from a registered Green & Healthy School. Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop and schools will be provided an expense stipend after the workshop of $100 per attendee (up to 4 individuals from each school) to be used to cover expenses of attending the workshop (substitute fees, mileage, etc.) or expenses related to Green & Healthy Schools efforts thanks to a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, contact Katie Boseo at or 715-346-4254.

April 12. Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic Workshop. Norda Education Programs, 503 Miner Ave E., Ladysmith. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join other teachers to learn about and try out activities from the Project Wild environmental education curriculum. All participants receive Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic curriculum materials along with a host of Wisconsin-specific educational resources. This workshop can help you meet the environmental education requirement for teacher licensed with stipulation. Cost: $35. Contact the instructor Mark Stensvold. Project WILD is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

April 12. Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training. Boston School Forest, Plover. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Join us for an activity-filled day and learn how to teach others about using Project Learning Tree’s award-winning curriculum. Facilitators are needed around the state to host PLT workshops for teachers and nonformal educators. Previous exposure to the PLT curriculum at either the PreK-8 or Early Childhood level is required. Graduate credit may be available. The application is online. Contact PLT at 715-346-4854 E-mail: wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

April 26. Earth Day Open House at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, Wild Rose. Visitors at the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery Education Center can celebrate Earth Day with activities from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Bring the kids to the hatchery to see how much fun they can have fishing in Wisconsin! Activities for school age children and youth include the Eggs-citing story of fish migration and egg development, fish casting, catch and identify fish in exhibit pond, make and take fish kites, tours of Coldwater hatchery and many hands on activities in the Education Center. The Center is open in April on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Visitor hours for the month of May are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Summer Hours begin the first week of June through August, on Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Call 920-622-3527, ext. 209 or Email:Joan Voigt.

April 30. Free Composting in Schools Workshop for Green & Healthy School Educators. Dane County Extension Office, Madison. 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 and tying composting into the Common Core standards. Personnel from schools with successful composting programs will be presenting about their methods and how they have integrated composting into their lunchroom, classroom and school site. This workshop is open to all members of the school community, but facility managers, food service personnel, teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend. Registration ends April 22, register online.


May 13. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Healthy School Educators. Middleton High School, Middleton. 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. Registration ends May 6. Register online.

May 17. Project WET & Project WILD Workshop. Wehr Nature Center, Franklin (Milwaukee area). 8:30-4:30. Join the staff at Wehr Nature Center for a “track through Project Wild, splash into Project WET, and swim into Aquatic Wild”. Educators and youth leaders will love the materials and activities from this active learning workshop. Project WILD and Aquatic WILD feature over 150 activities focused on wildlife and habitats. Project WET is a comprehensive guide to water activities that range from chemistry to conservation to human interactions. State standards and NGSS are supported by these materials. Participants will receive 3 activity guides and supplemental materials. Bring a bag lunch. To register please call Wehr Nature Center at 414-425-8550. E-mail questions to Bev Bryant. Fee: $65.00 includes all materials and activity guides.

May 22. Free School Gardens Workshops for Green & Healthy School Educators. Summit Environmental School, La Crosse. 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. Registration ends May 15. Register online.


June 7. Bowhunting Workshop. Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This workshop is geared for School Teachers, Camp Counselors, Extension Agents, Environmental Educators interested in strengthening students’ appreciation for wildlife and the woods. The curriculum is an outdoor conservation education program that focuses on the interactions of people with wildlife and helps to teach students ages 11 – 17 to feel comfortable in the outdoors whether they are interested in bowhunting, wildlife photography or just being close to nature. Pre-registration required by May 23, 2014. Cost: Free. Registration contact: Dan Schroeder, Archery Education Program Administrator/Marketing Specialist at 608-235-4619.

June 7-8. Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin. Take part in free fishing, free state parks admission, free ATV riding on public trails open to such use, and free use of state trails. Start planning your travel and fun now to take advantage of this annual opportunity to get outdoors and try these activities.

June 23-27. Citizen-based Monitoring in the Classroom. UW-Waukesha Field Station, Waukesha. Join scientists and educators from the Department of Natural Resources for a week of citizen science. Learn about citizen-based monitoring programs from dragonflies to bird-feeders to stream health and how you and your students can get involved. Spend time in the field learning about monitoring programs and identifying plants and animals. Inside, you’ll experience classroom activities and discussing how to integrate into your classroom. Non-science educators can also register. Cost: $50. Two free credits plus a variety of equipment will be supplied thanks to a generous grant from the Dutton Foundation. Contact: Carrie Morgan at 608-267-5239 or Carrie.Morgan@wisconsin.gov. Limited to 30 participants.


July 16-18. Stream Ecology Field School. Trees for Tomorrow, Eagle River. Learn more about Wisconsin's streams and the life within them at this summer's three-day hands-on training opportunity for adults.* Experts will teach you about native and exotic aquatic plants, mussels, fish, and marcoinvertebrates through in-class education, hands-on field learning, and laboratory opportunities. Cost: $125, includes instruction, lodging and meals. A $75 commuter option covers instruction and meals. Credit is available for an additional fee of $110. Contact: Kris Stepenuck at or 608-575-2413. Register at: Trees for Tomorrow (This course is listed as the "Stream Biology Workshop" on the website.) *This event is intended for adult attendance, though teens are welcome if they are attending with an adult.

Take kids outdoors to learn about nature at one the field trip sites on
Wisconsin's public lands.

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