EE Events

 Monarch Monitoring Training

August 3, 2017 – Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

August 30, 2017 UW Madison Arboretum

Monarch populations have declined by more than 80% in recent decades. Your help is needed! Collect critical monarch data in Wisconsin to help conservation partners understand monarch populations and protect monarchs and their habitat. Learn about monarch monitoring projects from University of Minnesota Monarch Lab experts including Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North and Project Monarch Health. Participants will be asked to volunteer 10 hours towards monarch monitoring efforts in 2018.

Bonus Opportunity: Is your organization interested in learning how to teach others how to participate in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project? Attend a training session the next day on August 4, from 8:00-noon for free to learn how to recruit and train Monarch monitors in your area.

See above links for registration deadline and more information

Professional Development in Environmental Education Series

Enhance your integration of environmental education. Connect your curriculum to standard-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! The cost is $100 per workshop.

July 19: Native Perennials for Your School Garden
July 25: Invasive Species in Your Forest
July 26: What’s That Tree?
August 14: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom

University credit (1-3 credits) is available through UW-Stevens Point for those attending two or more workshops. Discounted workshop rate for people who opt for credit.

Register here

For more information about these workshops, please visit the WCEE website  and click on Professional Development Calendar. Or contact us at (715) 346-4818 or

Community GroundWorks is excited to offer opportunities for families, individuals, and groups to get involved at our two youth garden sites from April through November. Whether you’re looking for a hands-in-the-dirt volunteer opportunity, a chance to build your skills as a gardener (or garden educator), or a kid-friendly garden adventure, we think you’ll find kindred spirits, and plenty of reasons to come back for more! Programs include:

Family Field Trips
Workshops for Educators and Families
Volunteer Days

For more info click here.

Marinette County Land & Water Conservation Division

2017 Sand Lake Conservation Camp 

Successful 12th Year for Sand Lake Conservation Camp in Marinette County

Marinette, WI – The 12th annual Sand Lake Conservation Camp held at Camp Bird near Crivitz was again a success this year, with 78 campers – representing 24 Wisconsin and 1 Upper Michigan County – and 21 dedicated overnight camp staff.  This event is for youth going into 6-8th grade in the fall and is organized by the Marinette County Land & Water Conservation Division (LWCD). Conservation Camp provides positive educational outdoor experiences, fosters an appreciation for nature, and introduces a variety of natural resources and conservation career opportunities to youth.

Core topics presented by Marinette County staff included aquatic macroinvertebrates, reptiles & amphibians, and water pollution/conservation.  Evening presentations were given by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Biologist Chip Long and Conservation Wardens Tim Werner and Dale Romback. They spoke about their careers, educational backgrounds, and tools they use in their jobs.  Naturalists from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay brought several native Wisconsin animals and discussed wildlife rehabilitation & conservation issues. All-camp cabin competitions included a campfire building contest and “Conservation Jeopardy”, a culmination activity designed to cover information from the presenters and programs.

Other available ‘camper’s choice’ activities included wilderness survival skills, canoeing, archery, t-shirt design, outdoor first aid, birdhouse building, leathercraft, nature crafts, mammal tracking, and teambuilding/low-ropes challenge course activities.  Choice activities were presented by Marinette County camp staff and guest speakers.  Other presenters included Tim Werner and Greg Dobratz of the DNR – outdoor recreation safety; Richard and Maryann Clark (Clark’s Willowtree Fur, Coleman) – trapping; and Marla Sutton from Vernon County – outdoor first aid session.  Timber Wolf Information Network volunteers presented a session on wolf ecology, and staff from the Raptor Education Group, Inc. taught sessions on raptor rehabilitation.  New this year were presentations by the Bay Area Mounted Search & Rescue (BAMSAR), a local volunteer organization that helps local law enforcement with “missing persons’ searches, event crowd control and security. Riders and their horses go through many hours of training annually before they are approved for official duty. Training includes: 1st aid & CPR, radio communication, GPS, maps, horse obstacles, crowd control, parades, and more” (from Facebook). Campers learned more about what volunteers do, training required, and equipment used in their duties. Camper scholarships were provided this year by Glacierland RC&D; Green Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited; Groundwater Guardians/Calumet County; the Phoenix Falls Chapter of Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association; and the Wisconsin Land & Water Conservation Association.  In addition, Land & Water Conservation Departments in Clark, Oneida, and Washington Counties joined Marinette County in providing scholarships. Sponsors’ and donors’ dedication to youth programs like Sand Lake Conservation Camp is much appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who helped with Sand Lake Conservation Camp 2017 and for making it a successful event!

For more information about Sand Lake Conservation Camp, please visit or contact Anne Bartels, Information & Education Specialist, at 715-732-7784 or  Tentative dates for 2018 are June 20-22.

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
Professional Development Opportunities:


NRES 635 Renewable Energy Education
• Location: Online
• Dates: September 27-October 29, 2017
• Cost: $150*

Click here for more information.

Professional Development Opportunities from LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program

Visit this link for more details about these events.

  • Addressing Middle and High School Disciplinary Literacy through Forestry Education

This workshop is designed for the science, social studies or agriculture teacher who wants to gain practice with integrating disciplinary literacy sills into content are teaching and learning. Substitute stipends available.

o   September 28, 2017 at CESA 5 in Portage

  • Step Outside and into Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership

This workshop is designed to provide K-12 teachers with training in conducting class outside on any type of school grounds in order to engage and inspire students in learning. Substitute stipends available.

o   October 12, 2017 at CESA 3 in Fennimore

o   March 15, 2018 at CESA 4 in West Salem

  • Developing Elementary Literacy Skills through Outdoor Learning

Learn how to use the outdoors to engage elementary students and inspire the reading and writing process. Substitute stipends available.

o   November 8, 2017 at CESA 4 in West Salem

o   April 19, 2018 at CESA 3 in Fennimore

  • Introduction to Forestry Education for the K-12 Classroom

This introductory workshop will present principles, activities and techniques to integrate hands-on forestry education into the K-12 science, social studies, agriculture, mathematics, technology education, ELA, and general elementary classroom. Substitute stipends available.

o   December 6, 2017 at CESA 1 in Pewaukee

  • Customized LEAF Workshop or In-Service at Your Site

Classroom-based or field-based professional development is customized to fit the needs and experience level of your staff.

Professional Development Opportunities from Project Learning Tree

Visit this link for more details about these events.

  • Energy in Ecosystems E-Unit Training for 3rd-5th Grade Teachers

Receive training in PLT’s new 3rd-5th grade e-unit, which helps students investigate the ways organisms depend on each other to survive and thrive. PLT’s cutting-edge new e-units are constructed around the NGSS, aligned with Common Core and the C3 Framework, and organized in a 5E model.

o   October 2, 2017 at UW-Superior

o   November 1, 2017 at UW-Madison Arboretum

  • Carbon & Climate E-Unit Training for 6th-8th Grade Teachers

Receive training in PLT’s new 6th-8th grade e-unit, which introduces students to some of the complex issues involved in climate change. PLT’s cutting-edge new e-units are constructed around the NGSS, aligned with Common Core and the C3 Framework, and organized in a 5E model.

o   October 3, 2017 at UW-Superior

o   November 2, 2017 at UW-Madison Arboretum

  • Creating a Safe and Healthy School Environment

Attend this free Green & Healthy Schools workshop and receive training in Project Learning Tree’s GreenSchools curriculum. Find more details at this link.

  • ONLINE FORMAT: PLT Early Childhood or K-8 Training

Available on demand, on your own timeline.