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2015 Groundwater Model Teacher Workshops. Apply today to be selected to receive a one-day training session, a free groundwater flow model and instructions on using it, classroom exercises designed to meet state academic standards, and reimbursement for substitute teachers while at the training. Training is provided by staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and the UW Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education. Funding comes from a wellhead protection "set-aside" grant given to the DNR by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Educators are selected through a competitive application process. Workshops run from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited to eight pairs of educators per location as follows:

For more information on the workshops, contact Laura Chern at 608-266-0126, or visit the DNR website to download the application. Apply by November 3, 2014.


October 4. C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Anadromous Fish Facility Open House. Kewaunee. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join in the fun and learn about Lake Michigan and its world class fishery. Event includes Salmon egg collection (spawning) demo, facility tours, fish printing on a t-shirt, casting games, spinner making, wagon rides and more. Contact John Stromberger at 920-388-1025.

October 4. Project WET Educator Workshop. NORDA, Ladysmith. 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wisconsin is rich in water resources and this program is designed to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready lesson plans and Wisconsin-based teaching aids. This workshop will also feature Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife curriculum guide that blends service-learning project development with civics, and activities for both water and wildlife education. Fee: $35. Call 715-532-6084 or email NORDA for more info and to register.

LEAF Graduate Credit Opportunities—Scholarships Available. Details and registration are online at: www.leafprogram.org and click on “Professional Development Calendar.”

  • NRES 620: Forestry Education in the Wisconsin K-12 Classroom The class teaches you key forestry principles, demonstrates teaching techniques, and gives you great interdisciplinary activities so you can easily integrate forestry education into your indoor or outdoor classroom. LEAF activities help you meet standards for natural resources, science, math, and social studies, as well as Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects. The hybrid class includes online discussion and assignments and one Saturday or two evenings of a face-to-face meeting. A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $85. Choose from:
    • October 3rd to November 10th; meeting in Waupaca on Monday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 22 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor: Pat Arndt
    • October 20th to November 21st; meeting in Hayward on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Instructor: Mary Pardee.

  • October 18-19. NRES 621: Greening Your Math, Treehaven in Tomahawk. Learn about outdoor and hands-on applications of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. In addition to inspiring ideas, you’ll also get mathematics-related LEAF lesson materials to take back to your classroom. A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost to $150, which includes one graduate credit, 4 meals, and dorm style lodging on Saturday night at Treehaven. Instructor: Dr. Roger Jones.

October 11. Root River Steelhead Facility Open House. Racine. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come fish watching and check out the interactive salmon spawning demo, get a facility tour, try hour hand at fly casting, fly tying, and knot tying. Hourly seminars to help you get started fishing for Lake Michigan salmon and trout and more. Contact Jeff Zinuticz at 414-750-8382.

October 11. Project Learning Tree Workshop: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Ashland. 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Designed for children ages three to six, PLT’s early childhood curriculum integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. For more information, email wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

October 11. Project Learning Tree for Secondary Students. Ashland. 1:00-3:30 pm. PLT’s secondary curricula, Focus on Forests and Forests of the World provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas. The modules are closely aligned with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects. For more information, email wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

October 18. Project Learning Tree Workshops: PreK-8 Environmental Education. Minocqua, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Become training in PLT’s renowned PreK-8 curriculum, which contains 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities. Topics include forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and culture. For more information, email wcee-plt@uwsp.edu.

October 18. Groundwater Sand Tank Model Teacher Workshop. Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey’s Core Repository, Mount Horeb. Two sessions to choose from 9–10 a.m. and 10–11 a.m. Teacher tours of the facility occur at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Do you have a sand tank model at your school that is not being used? Do you need help figuring out if it works, or, how it works? The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey staff will help you learn to operate your sand tank model and demonstrate some tricks of the trade. Register by October 1 by contacting Carol McCartney and indicate the preferred session time. Participants should bring their own sand tank models.

October 25. Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery Education Center Open House. CSI - Wild Rose Hatchery Fall Migration Mystery. Help us investigate the mystery of fall trout and salmon migration where everyone is invited to be a detective. Activities include: solving the Fall Fish Migration Mystery, migration activities to learn why trout and salmon leave Lake Michigan in the fall, fly casting and tyinig, Backyard Bass casting games, and Gyotaku fish printing. Contact Joan Voigt at 920-622-3527, ext. 209.

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