EE Events

Implementing Watershed Education in Digital Age

June 25, 2018  9am – 3pm

Riveredge Nature Center invites teachers to join Gateway Technical College Faculty, Mike Shuck and Riveredge Educational Technology Specialist, Carly Hintz to get hands on with digital water quality probeware basics and integration of other digital watershed education tools to implement in your middle and high school classes! This session is free and teachers will receive a $300 stipend that can be used for classroom supplies or needs.

Learn more here.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

June 15: Fireflies at Night (10:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Learn how and why they light up the sky, collect them, and examine these flashy pollinators up
close! All educators who participate receive a certificate documenting continuing
education/clock hours. Free! Instructor: Molly Stoddard, Instructional Systems Specialist.

For more information or to register, please call Molly at 218-998-4489 or

June 25-28: Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop (times vary)

This workshop is now full but you can still register to be added to the waiting list as we typically
do get a cancellation or two.

For more information and to register, visit web site for the Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

August 18: PWLC 20th Anniversary Celebration: Monarchs, Music, and
More! (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Educators have played a crucial role in the creation and growth of the PWLC over the last 20
years. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the many milestones we have reached – together!
This free event will feature monarch tagging, live music, root beer floats, guided hikes, and

Playing Naturally Natural Playspace Design Workshop Plants for Green Schoolyards

Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

During this design workshop, participants will learn ways to include native plants in their school yard to attract pollinators, produce sensory experiences, create quiet havens or build structures. Phyllis McKenzie, Playing Naturally playspace designer, naturalist, and permaculturist will help participants discover how to choose and care for native plants that will enhance your schoolyard, garden, outdoor classroom or playspace. We’ll experience these plants with all our senses as we tour Riveredge and our permaculture farm.

4458 County Rd Y Saukville, WI 53080

Playing Naturally Natural Playspace Design Workshop

Part A: Learn to create a nature based play space in your school, center, backyard or subdivision!
Saturday, July 14, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This hands-on workshop will provide you with the tools to undertake the process of transforming your outdoor space into a natural play space. We’ll discuss nature play, natural playspaces, risks and safety. With your site and kids in mind, develop goals, consider resources, share concerns, and begin designing your playspace. Phyllis McKenzie, Playing Naturally playspace designer, will lead participants through the first steps of developing an engaging and effective playspace or outdoor classroom.

Part B: Outdoor Classrooms & Play Spaces Need Plants!
Saturday, July 14, 2018 1:00 am – 4:00 pm

During this hands-on design workshop, participants will learn ways to attract pollinators, create quiet spaces, encourage budding naturalists, and provide materials for loose parts play in natural playspaces and outdoor classrooms. In this session, we’ll talk more about plantings for your play area. Participants continuing from the morning session will further develop their project designs, incorporating flowers, trees, vegetable gardens and shrubs. Phyllis McKenzie, Playing Naturally playspace designer and naturalist, will guide participants in plant selections, care and maintenance.

Register for Part A, Part B, or Both
Price reduced if registering for both.
$40 NON-MEMBER, $70 for A & B;
$35 MEMBER, $60 for A & B

4458 County Rd Y Saukville, WI 53080

June 15-17, 2018
7558 Deer Road, Custer, WI

Celebrate the summer solstice at The 29th Annual Energy Fair, June 15-17, 2018! The Energy Fair brings over 13,000 attendees together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. Enjoy over 250 workshops, over 200 exhibitors, inspirational keynote speakers, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. Come to learn and connect with others, and stay for the fun! The 29th Annual Energy Fair has new featured workshop tracks, a Tiny Home Alley, Electric Vehicle Ride-N-Drive, live music from People Brothers Band, GGOOLLD,and others, plus keynote presentations from, Jeremy Scahill, Michael Perry, Lily Raff McCaulou, and Jonathan Reinbold.  View the full lineup and get tickets at:

Interested in attending The Energy Fair and earning a credit? The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering an undergraduate/graduate level course at The Energy Fair. This course provides educators with a unique opportunity to learn more about renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and applications, and receive hands-on activities, project ideas, and information on sustainability while networking with other educators. Learn more and register here.

Ride a bus to the Energy Fair from Eau Claire, Madison or Milwaukee! Have you always wanted to attend The Energy Fair but haven’t wanted to make the drive? Now’s your chance to attend this event by riding a bus to and from the Fair onSaturday, June 16! Learn more here.

International Wolf Center Educator Day

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The International Wolf Center is a leader in providing wolf education. Join us for our International Wolf Symposium Educator Day to bring relevant, science-based activities and knowledge to your students. Registration for the day includes: breakfast, lunch, daily break refreshments, materials and a copy of the International Wolf Center’s Gray Wolves Gray Mattercurriculum.

Click here for more information.

Wolf Ridge Naturalist Training ProgramWisconsin

Wolf Ridge offers Professional Development opportunities ranging from internships to graduate studies in:

Natural History Studies, Sustainable Living, Experiential Education, Live Animal Care, Adventure Education, Organic Farming, and more…

 Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop

All Who Teach Children are Invited to …

  • Explore innovative ways to use an outdoor classroom during this K-12 immersion workshop held concurrently with the Summer Explorers Biology
    Camp for youth entering 5th and 6th grades.
  • Observe professionals and apply outdoor classroom methods by leading the same youth daily, outdoors, in a supportive team teaching environment.
  • Gain knowledge and real world experience with the prairie pothole ecosystem.


For full workshop completion, each participant receives…

  • Certificate for 30 clock hours and free lodging option in the on-site dormitory.
  • Hands-on practice using weather monitoring equipment, field guides, field journal, and more.
  • Printed copy of the Compass to Nature booklet

Registration Brochure

  • Sign-up on-line at Friends of Prairie Wetlands starting
    February 15, 2018. Cost is $50.

Later Winter Newsletter – Prairie Wetlands Learning Center

Sand Lake Conservation Camp

Two unique conservation summer camp opportunities are available for middle and high school students this summer in northern Wisconsin.  Upper Peninsula youth are also welcome.

Middle school youth (entering 6-8th grade in fall) are invited to attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird near Crivitz (Marinette County) from June 20-22, 2018.  The fee is $100 ($150 after May 18th) and includes room, board, t-shirt, and all activities/programs. Visit (search for “Sand Lake” or “Conservation Camp”) for more information.  Registrations not accepted after June 1st and are first-come, first-served; space is limited and camp usually fills quickly. The registration packet is available online, or you can request it via mail.  For more information or to request registration materials, please call Anne Bartels, Education Specialist/Camp Director, at 715-732-7784 or email

High school youth (entering 9-12th grade in fall; must be 17 or under) are invited to participate in the Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association Youth Conservation Camp,  June 18-22 at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters (Vilas County,  Wildlife programs, habitat restoration projects, daily field trips, teambuilding activities, and hands-on activities provide an in-depth look at natural resources management and careers.  Registration fee is $250 and covers all programs, meals, snacks, lodging, and a t-shirt. The deadline is June 1.  Register online at: or contact Kim Warkentin at the Wisconsin Land + Water Conservation Association at 608-441-2677 or email

These camps provide fun outdoor experiences, help foster an appreciation for nature, and introduce a variety of opportunities in natural resources and conservation careers.  Natural resource professionals present programs on wildlife, habitat, water quality, fisheries, forestry, outdoor skills, and more. Engaging speakers and interesting topics give campers an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, learn outdoor skills, make friends, participate in typical ‘summer camp’ experiences, and enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods.  Contact your local county Land & Water Conservation or UW-Extension office for any available scholarships offered.

Sand Lake Conservation Camp Registration

Sand Lake Conservation Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Project Dragonfly

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master’s degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master’s part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master’s degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami’s 2018 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Summer Workshops

Become Your Best Teacher!

Get inspired and reignite your passion by using the environment to advance student learning. Connect your curriculum to standards-based activities using the outdoors. Advance your utility of place-based resources to engage learners. This summer series of one-day workshops offered by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education allows participants to select from a suite of offerings. Workshops run from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (certificates provided for 7 hours of professional development). Participants can attend one or more workshops-take as many as you’d like! Titles include:

  • Broaden Your Reach Through Birds
  • Working Toward a “Three Dimensional” Approach to K-8 Science Learning
  • Introduction to Forestry Education for the K-12 Classroom
  • Disconnect to Reconnect – Building Your Wellness and Wonder through Nature
  • Energy Curriculum for Real-world STEM Education
  • Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy
  • Connect, Explore, Engage: Linking the New Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Standards to Your Current Practice

The cost is $75 per workshop. University credit is available through UW-Stevens Point for those who attend two workshops. Tuition scholarships available. Register Now!

Environmental Education Summer Courses

NRES 410/610: Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair (More Info:

NRES 621: Integrating Artistry and Forestry (More Info:

NRES 703: Leadership and Development in Natural Resources Organizations: Leadership Theories and Practice (More Info.:

NRES 755: Developing Curriculum for Non-Formal Environmental Education Settings (More Info.:

NRES 767: Fundamental of Natural and Cultural Interpretation (More Info.:

Environmental Education Summit at CESA 11, Turtle Lake, July 30-31

Join the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education for a 2-day Environmental Education Summit held at CESA 11 in Turtle Lake on July 30-31. Workshops to choose from include:

  • Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership
  • Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills Through Energy
  • Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy Through Forestry Education
  • Developing Elementary Literacy Skills Through Outdoor Learning

Learn more and register through CESA 11.

“The Young Conservationist and Your School Forest” Teacher Professional Development Opportunity, Class ACT Charter School, Park Falls, August 7-8

Teachers will be immersed in a 2-day professional development experience which allows them to develop their knowledge of using their school forest for learning, while increasing their knowledge of wildlife and young forest management as high-quality project-based learning (PBL).

Participating teachers will explore wildlife species, habitat development, and future forest improvements, all while immersed in the project-based experience itself–you become the students and the students become the teachers. Participants will also learn how to use technology to guide PBL and inquiry without reliable internet access. Learn more and register!

Integrating Artistry and Forestry, MacKenzie Center, Poynette, August 11-12

Art teachers—learn how to integrate art and nature through hands-on activities and experiences while immersed in the beauty of the outdoors with the new art curriculum from LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently teach in the outdoor classroom and integrate art lessons with forestry content.  Note: this course is intended for K-12 art teachers. Learn more and register!

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