2017 Conference Workshops & Field Trips

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Workshops: Thursday, October 19th 

All Day Workshop

Diving Into Project Learning Tree’s Early Childhood Curriculum
Nicole Filizetti, PLT/WCEE with Rebecca Wagner, Early Childhood educator from D.C. Everest School District

Water Droplets – Early childhood environmental education

This full-day event will explore Project Learning Tree’s award winning “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood” curriculum, and prepare participants to use these quality nature-based activities with their audience.  Ample hands-on experience and specialized pullout sessions to meet the needs of both nonformal educators and preservice teacher educators will be provided.

AM Workshops

ROVe: A Loan Program to Explore the Engineering Design Process (and Your Local Pond)
Kathy Kline, UW Sea Grant Institute with Lynn Kurth, Prairie River Middle School, and Anne Moser, UW Sea Grant Institute

At the Water’s Edge – Recreation, hands-on environmental education and recreation

Underwater robots can connect some students to the environment who might otherwise stay connected to their own devices. The robot can unlock the mysteries of what’s happening beneath the water’s surface, as well as provide a unique platform for exploring the engineering design process, an NGSS component. 

Inclusion: Awareness to Action
Emily Brown
Wehr Nature Center

Watershed Connections – Diversity, equity and inclusion

What does an inclusive organization look like?  How do we create an inclusive culture for all abilities? This workshop will explore physical and social barriers to EE and share tools, resources, and strategies to embracing inclusion in EE.

PM Workshops

#EEStories: Using Social Media to Tell Stories and Build Relationships
Renata Solan
Community GroundWorks/Wisconsin School Garden Network

Making it Rain – Development, marketing and administration

Social media can be a creative and innovative storytelling tool. Each platform — whether Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — provides unique opportunities to make connections while telling the story of your programs and events. Explore how social media can help you share your story and build your community.

Allyship for Environmental Leaders: A Calling In
August Ball, Cream City Conservation & Consulting with Brie Noble, Noble Purpose Consulting, and Seniors Violet and Jasmin from Escuela Verde

Watershed Connections – Diversity, equity and inclusion

Despite the consensus that diversity, equity and inclusion are valued, little improvement towards representation of marginalized communities in the environmental field has been made. This workshop will provide tools for “calling someone in” (VS. calling someone out) when subconscious bias seeps out to intentionally weave equity into our environmental education programs.


Field Trips

Full Day Field Trips

9am-4pm

A Tale of Three Rivers
Adam Carr, Escuela Verde

This tour will be a panoramic and kaleidoscopic look at Milwaukee’s community, industry, history and ecology, as embodied through the story of three rivers.   While Milwaukee most often thinks of itself as a city on a lake, in recent years, there’s been an explosion in consciousness and work around of our rivers — the Menomonee, Kinnickinnic and Milwaukee. Led by Milwaukee-expert Adam Carr, this outing will explore the renaissance and rebirth of three very different waterways, each at different points in the process of going from neglected and forgotten to healthy and thriving.

Preparations: Pick up & drop off at Concordia. Lunch provided along river.

Cost: $85

Restoration in the Watershed Tour
Mary Holleback, Riveredge Nature Center

Spend a day visiting and hiking three of southeastern Wisconsin’s most inspiring resotration and preservation projects.  Begin your morning at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve to witness an old golf course transformed into a migratory bird paradise and hear from Bill Mueller, Director of the Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory.  Next travel south to UW-Milwaukee’s Cedarburg Bog Field Station for hands on exploration with Jim Reinhartz, Director of the UW-M Field Station.  Finally, end your day of exploration at Mequon Nature Preserve to witness, and help, the ongoing transformation of farm land into native Wisconsin landscapes. Along the way, Mary Holleback, Riveredge Nature Center’s Adult Program Manager, will share new nature nuggets of the natural history of southeastern Wisconsin.

Preparations: Pick up & drop off at Concordia. Sack lunch from Concordia.

Cost: $85

A Day of Adventure in the Upper Milwaukee Watershed
Sunny Knutson, Director of Education, Riveredge Nature Center

Get your adventure on along the shores of the Upper Milwaukee River at Riveredge Nature Center! Throughout your visit to Riveredge, you’ll have a chance to use arborist equipment to climb into the canopy of riverside oak trees, put on hipwaders to explore the river’s smallest creatures, and explore a nature-based adventure play area.  Hear from Riveredge staff about how they infuse nature into their inquiry-based education programs while also successfully encouraging folks of all ages to choose time in nature.  A special Farm Lunch will be served in the fields of Riveredge’s permaculture project by a local chef.

Preparations: Field trip starts and ends at Riveredge; carpooling will be arranged from Concordia if requested. Farm field lunch provided.

Cost: $85

Half Day Field Trips

9am-12pm

Urban Green Infrastructure Tour
Korinne Haeffel, USGBC

Details coming! 

Preparations: Plan on your own lunch at Concordia.

Cost: $35

1-4pm

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Catherine Koons Hubbard

The Nature Preschool at Schlitz Audubon was founded in 2003, back when the terms “Nature Preschool” and “Forest Kindergarten” were virtually unknown. In the last decade however, the field has taken off, as both parents and researchers have seen first hand the powerful, lasting benefits that come from giving young children time to play and explore in nature. On this tour, we will discus ways that nature-based play supports early childhood development while laying the groundwork for future academic skills. We will also show you our three nature-infused preschool classrooms, our three unique outdoor play areas, and will give you time to explore our prairies, woods, and the Lake Michigan shoreline. School will be in session, so come prepared to see our children in action!

Preparations: Participants should arrange their own transportation, although carpooling is always encouraged. There is ample parking at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, which is located about ten minutes south of the Concordia campus. Plan on your own lunch at Concordia.

Cost: $35

Urban Environmental Education at the Urban Ecology Center

The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change,  neighborhood by neighborhood. One of the main goals of our three environmental community centers is to provide outdoor science education for kids living in urban areas, helping them connect to the nature that’s right in their neighborhood. This tour will focus on our nationally recognized Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) and our Community Programming.  Through NEEP, schools partner with the Urban Ecology Center for an entire year, transforming their educational experience from just another field trip to a permanent outdoor classroom. Through our Community Programs, we create opportunities for kids and families to explore their neighborhood parks and connect in deep and ongoing ways to the green spaces in their city.  On this tour, we will learn about the Urban Ecology Center’s unique approach to environmental education by visiting our beautiful green spaces right in the heart of the city, hearing from staff and seeing some of our programs in action!

Preparations: Urban Ecology Center will provide transportation in one of our 21 passenger busses. Plan on your own lunch at Concordia.

Cost: $35