August 9. Project WILD: Conserving Wildlife through Education, Professional Development Training for Educators and Parents. Woodland Montessori School, Madison. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Project WILD provides educators with the training and resources needed to engage students in active, hands-on learning about wildlife. 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 12th grade. Over 50,000 educators receive Project WILD materials each year by participating in fun, interactive, hands-on workshops. You will receive one graduate credit and a variety of Wisconsin-specific educational materials at this six-hour professional development training facilitated by Sofia Refetoff, Ph.D. Cost: $35. Register with Kristin Knutson or call 608-256-8076.
August 13-15. 2014 WAEE Annual Conference/Green & Healthy Schools Institute, UW-Stevens Point. This collaboration between the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools will provide an opportunity for educators, administrators, community members and buildings and grounds professionals to learn from one another, network, and gain inspiration. An EPA grant will reduce costs of this year’s conference to $75.00 for all three days, making this a very affordable opportunity for schools. This year’s conference offerings are diverse and relevant to the 21st century educator. Concurrent sessions will cover topics such as engaging students through hands-on citizen science projects, integrating STEM and STEAM into the classroom and the community, using mobile devices for teaching and learning, and how environmental education can help meet Common Core State Standards for Literacy in all subjects. Featured sessions for building and school site operations include: reducing cafeteria waste, completing a school energy audit, establishing and integrating school gardens and outdoor classrooms, and e-cycling. Round-table discussions, inspiring keynote speakers and assistance with applying to become a Green & Healthy School is available. On Friday, see some of these ideas in action through field trips. Discount Offered: With the purchase of 3 full conference registrations from your school, get one free (reimbursed after the conference). More information about the conference can be found at http://www.waee.org/annual-conference.
August 19-20. School Garden Symposium, Tomahawk. Come to Treehaven, where professional gardeners and garden educators from across Wisconsin will offer hands-on instruction on a variety of topics, including kid-friendly gardening activities, seed saving, ideas for extending the growing season, and how to work with school cafeterias to set up composting and food tasting programs. Participants will have ample time to network with others and will leave with a copy of “Got Dirt?” and “Got Veggies?” curriculum and resource guides. Plus enjoy delicious food, hiking, campfires, frisbee golf and more! Continuing Education credit available. Contact Katie Boseo.
August 20-21. Project WET Facilitator Training. Interstate State Park, St. Croix. Become a water education leader in your community and get certified as an instructor to teach others how to implement Project WET: Water Education for Teachers. This field course will include canoeing the St. Croix River, camping at Interstate State Park, learning about: mussels, Wisconsin watersheds, local pothole geology, and State and National Parks that feature water resources. A prerequisite for this course is Project WET training and use of the materials. This course is a joint facilitator training for Wisconsin and Minnesota Project WET. Fill out the Project WET facilitator training registration form or contact Wisconsin Project WET or call (608) 261-8453. Fee: $25 (*Training price reduced from $75 for WI residents through scholarship funding), space is limited. Deadline is August 8.