Exciting workshops for educators! Get out and join the fun! Build your skill set, learn a new subject, and have fun – all at the same time! Check out these upcoming workshops for educators and others!

Climate Change in the Classroom
UW Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI
August 21st, 2015; Session A: 9am-12pm; Session B: 1pm-4pm
Climate change is one of the most important issues that humans will face in the next 100 years. It is imperative that today’s children grow up to be tomorrow’s land stewards: connected to their local habitat, and thinking globally about our earth. By introducing these complex topics at a young age, we can ensure that children grow to think of themselves as one part of the climate solution.
These 10 lessons are classroom tested, engaging, interactive, and ready to help you get kids thinking critically about their world. This workshop will familiarize educators with the topic and review games and activities. Lesson materials are available online, and lesson kits are available to borrow‒all for free! Madison Audubon Society will provide support throughout the 2015-16 school year to ensure your lessons are a success.
Participants must pre-register with Carolyn Byers: carolyn.byers@madisonaudubon.org | 608.255.2473
Learn more about the event here.

Educator Workshop on Teaching Climate Science
Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay — August 14, 2015; 8:30am-3:15pm
This workshop will introduce teachers to the basics of climate science and provide classroom-ready materials and demonstrations usable both as laboratory experiences for students and as outreach activities in the community. Resources and toolkits will be provided for distribution to students and the public and will provide a basic foundation for scientifically-sound classroom instruction. Workshop sponsors include Door County Climate Change Coalition & Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, American Chemical Society Climate Science Outreach Team, American Meteorological Society Atmospheric Education Program, and others. For additional information or to register, contact Bruce Smith (bsmith733@gmail.com) or Frank Shaw (cfshaw@ilstu.edu).

Field Station Natural History Workshops
Summer & Fall 2015
Our workshops offer a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations teach ecology, evolution, use of taxonomic keys, and techniques. The workshops present college-level instruction and are designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. The only prerequisite for any of the workshops is a keen interest in the topic. Enrollment in each session is limited to 20, providing an informal atmosphere and individualized instruction. Learn more and see course titles, dates, and registration information here.

Naturalist Winter Enrichment Series (Winter Enrichment Lecture)
UW Madison Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI
Attend any or all of the ten lectures in this fantastic winter series. Lecture topics include landscape design, population dynamics of grey wolves, earthworms, connecting people to birds through mobile technology, planet genetics and evolution, and archaeology. Lectures will be given by UW-Madison & Edgewood professors & grad students as well as a Columbia University professor and Wisconsin DNR faculty member. Learn more about the lectures and register here.

UW-Stevens Point Professional Development
UW-Stevens Point, Online Learning & Outdoor Classrooms
LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, offers many classes for professional development. This spring’s courses include winter ecology and tree identification, forestry principles, and human influence on Wisconsin’s forests.
Click here for a complete list of courses and information on registration.

Environmental Education in Wisconsin
Online Webinars
Check this link often to see all the webinars that EE in Wisconsin offers! There are webinars on education, EPA showcases, Farm to School programs, gardening, wildlife conservation, and more! They’re always updating the site, so click here and find a webinar that appeals to you!

KEEP Courses
WI K-12 Energy Education Program – various locations
Each of the following courses is one graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point. Scholarships are available (contact jmollica[at]uwsp.edu eligibility and availability) and visit “Professional Development” at www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/ for more information. Online courses available, too.

Green & Healthy Schools Workshop
Earth Gauge and the COMET Program are providing a series of free online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and environment. These courses count for continuing education credit thrugh the American Metorological Society’s certified broadcast meteorologist program. These one- and two-hour classes are free, but registration is required.

Courses include:

  • Climate Change: Fitting the Pieces Together
    Weather and Health
    Weather and the Built Environment
    Watersheds: Connecting Weather to the Environment
    Find out more and register…MREA Courses
    Ongoing – Midwest Renewable Energy Association
    MREA is a national leader in providing high quality education and training programs for consumers, businesses, and renewable energy system installers. MREA offers workshops that cover a variety of topics in renewable energy including:
  • Photovoltaics or PV (solar electric)
  • Residential Wind Systems
  • Solar Domestic Hot Water/Solar Thermal Systems
  • Site Assessor Training & Certification
  • Installer Training
  • Renewable Energy Business
  • Alternative Construction

For more information on workshop offerings visit: www.midwestrenew.org/workshops