EE Events and Resources


Science, Stewardship, and Storytelling:

An Exploration of Place and Service-Learning

July 22 – July 26, 2019

Conserve School, Land ‘O Lakes, Wisconsin

Green Schools National Network and Conserve School invite you and your students to a week of service and learning in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Throughout the week, participants will explore our relationship with the land and how it has evolved over time. We will investigate Science, Stewardship and Storytelling through Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Climate Change and invasive species removal. Finally, no summer escape to Conserve School would be complete without a chance to connect with the campus’ 1,200 acres of lakes, woods, and meadows through swimming, canoeing, forest bathing, hammocking, or just relaxing on the beach with a good book. The week is designed sothat educators may come by themselves or bring a group of students. There will be a mix of full group activities and opportunities for students and adults to go their separate ways. Outcomes for teachers and students will be a curriculum plan for translating what they learn in the Northwoods to their home communities.

Click herefor more information.  Register now!


Learning Opportunities from the Department of Public Instruction:

  1. Scholarships are still available (but are going fast!) to attend Connect, Explore, Engage in Inquiry(July 29 – 31, Wisconsin Dells). Attend for 1, 2, or 3 days and choose from 6 different day-long workshops! Learn about inquiry in the standards, tools to support inquiry, inquiry unit design, and more!
  2. Wisconsin Studies Symposium (July 16, Madison Concourse Hotel) is open to K-12 teachers who want to learn more about Wisconsin history, government, geography, and economics, as well as ways to incorporate these topics into the classroom. Cost is $25/person and includes lunch.
  3. Connecting Elementary and Middle School Science and Social Studies through Inquiry (July 30 in Madisonor July 31 in Wisconsin Dells) is a hands-on day (bring your curriculum!) for educators to see the connection between science and social studies expectations and to bring inquiry into the K-8 classroom. Kevin Anderson, our Science consultant, Kris McDaniel, our Social Studies consultant, and I have been exploring what inquiry looks like in elementary and middle school. This resulted in designing this workshop appropriate for K-8 classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and library media specialists. Although not required, you will get more out of it with a district team attending. There are two dates/venues, but they will offer the same information and resources. Cost is $35/person and includes lunch.

Trees for Tomorrow Themed Courses

Trees For Tomorrow is excited to offer our Wildlife and Careers themed course for High Schools scheduled for November 3-6  and our NEW Energy/Climate and Careers themed course scheduled for December 11-14.

For who: These courses are for groups of students (2-15 students per group) and at least 1 teacher from your school.

Why Trees For Tomorrow?

  • We do the teaching! Our professional Environmental Science Teachers have formal classroom experience, Master’s Degrees, and a variety of experience teaching in environmental education settings.
  • We have updated curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
  • We are an accredited school! Our goal is to be an extension of your classroom. Relevant and fun!
  • Our curriculum incorporates natural resources careers to help you meet some of your ACP requirements!
  • Only $65 per person for all courses, 3 nights lodging, all meals, and transportation to off-campus field sites.

Contact Cheryl today for more information and to schedule your natural resource field experience for you and your students!

Preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world.


 

National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

Join us this summer for the American Horticultural Society’s 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, July 10-13. At this professional development event we are “cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring and training today’s garden educators.” The theme of this year’s symposium is “Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future.” In addition to a full slate of peer-led educational sessions, the symposium schedule will include:

  • a keynote presentation by Pashon Murray, sustainability advocate and founder of Detroit Dirt
  • tours of area garden- and environmentally-focused attractions including Troy Kids’ Garden, the Madison Children’s Museum, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin
  • opportunities for networking with fellow educators including ‘Ice Cream & Ice Breakers’ at Allen Centennial Garden on the UW-Madison campus
  • a pre-symposium workshop focusing on equity and food justice with Soul Fire Farm’s Amani Olugbala
  • and much more!

Registration is now open with early bird rates in place until May 25.  Discounted registration for AHS members. For full details click here.


 

Learning Opportunities from DPI: 

  1. Connect, Explore, Engage in Inquiry(July 29 – 31, Wisconsin Dells) registration is now available! Educators can attend for 1, 2, or 3 days and choose from 6 different day-long workshops! Learn about inquiry in the standards, tools to support inquiry, inquiry unit design, and more! This event is supported by DPI, Wisconsin Green Schools Network, and National Geographic. Scholarships are available!
  2. Wisconsin Studies Symposium(July 16, Madison Concourse Hotel) is open to K-12 teachers who want to learn more about Wisconsin history, government, geography, and economics, as well as ways to incorporate these topics into the classroom. Cost is $25/person and includes lunch.
  3. Connecting Elementary and Middle School Science and Social Studies through Inquiry (July 30 in Madisonor July 31 in Wisconsin Dells) is a hands-on day (bring your curriculum!) for educators to see the connection between science and social studies expectations and to bring inquiry into the K-8 classroom. Kevin Anderson, our Science consultant, Kris McDaniel, our Social Studies consultant, and I have been exploring what inquiry looks like in elementary and middle school. This resulted in designing this workshop appropriate for K-8 classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and library media specialists. Although not required, you will get more out of it with a district team attending. There are two dates/venues, but they will offer the same information and resources. Cost is $35/person and includes lunch.

Connect, Explore, Engage in Inquiry

July 29, 30, and 31  Wisconsin Dells, WI

3 Days • 6 Workshop Options

Register to attend the summer institute “Connect, Explore, Engage in Inquiry.” Formerly known as “No Teacher Left Inside,” we have developed SIX workshop options for teachers of any age students and any subject area.

Attend for one, two, or three days! Register by June 1st for the best rate!  Scholarships available thanks to National Geographic!

Registration deadline: 11:49 PM, June 29, 2019

Choose one workshop each day:

  • July 29: Connect, Explore, Engage in Inquiry* OR Making [Systems] Thinking Visible
  • July 30: Tools of Inquiry* OR Nurturing Wonder through Play in Early Childhood
  • July 31: Inquiry Design* OR Outdoor Inquiry with Project WET and Project WILD

Registration Options

Complete registration options


Wisconsin Youth Water Stories Summit

Write the story of your waterway this summer.

From glaciers to trade, water has touched every part of life and history in Wisconsin. Join us at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center to celebrate the ways water has touched our life and history. Camp scientists will paddle and swim to test water quality, hike to observe nature, and share their stories over campfires. Curious campers ages 8-18 welcome!

This camp is available at no cost thanks to an Environmental Protection Agency Local Environmental Education Grant Nos. NE 00E02399.

Contact Isabelle Herde at isabelle.herde@wisc.edu with any questions.

Register for camp here

Learn more here

 


Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences Summer Institutes

 

Lac du Flambeau IAS
Tuesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 11
Lac du Flambeau, WI
Contact: chockings@ldftribe.com

Urban IAS
Tuesday, July 23 – Thursday, July 25
Madison, WI
Contact: earthpartnership@dpla.wisc.edu

Click here for more information and to register.


Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability

Here are a few opportunities to learn more about the standards

DPI is hosting a one-day workshop and extended learning opportunities in July:

Victoria Rydberg has been writing a series of articles about the ELS standards. April will be focused on standard 6 and dynamic balance and May will be standard 7 about stewardship and civic engagement.


Academy of Natural Resources (ANR)

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a great place to study fish and wildlife management in a vast wilderness setting.  The Michigan DNR recently expanded their Academy of Natural Resources (ANR)  into the UP and Wisconsin educators are invited.  The ANR program celebrates its 11th consecutive year of offering professional development to educators from Michigan and the Midwest. ANR North includes tagging along with the largest predator/prey study in North America, learning Native American management methods, boarding a lake Superior fisheries research vessel and more.  To check out ANR North and the “original”, ANR Classic, go to www.michigan/gov/anr

 


 

 

The Urban Ecology Center Institute

The Urban Ecology Center is fortunate to receive inquiries from people all over the world who are interested in the UEC model. The UEC Institute formed to meet that demand. In 2019, the Institute offers a focus workshop series as well as a 4-day summer Intensive.

In 2019, the Urban Ecology Center will host two-day workshops that dive into pivotal topics of the Center’s model. Staff professionals will facilitate in-depth, experiential lessons. Topics include:

  • Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
  • From Transactional to Transformational for Fundraisers
  • Urban Land Stewardship Community Engaged Habitat Restoration
  • Community Science  Supporting Urban Collaborative Spaces

The Center’s second training Intensive for civic and community leaders from cities around the world is slated for July 22 – 26. Attendees will learn about the unique urban environmental education and community center model that the Urban Ecology Center has been running in Milwaukee for over 25 years.

 Rather than travelling to other cities, the Urban Ecology Center is bringing interested groups to Milwaukee. 2018 participants hailed from Guadalajara, Mexico; Tiberias, Israel; Medellín, Columbia; and US cities in North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, Philadelphia, Louisiana, and Texas.

More engaging than a seminar, more interactive than a workshop, only a little more serious than summer camp, this intensive is quite simply, more! Registration opens February 1.


 

Backyard Science Education

Great information for kids on the environment.

(Site suggested by Hannah Ainsworth’s elementary science class – Jane, Michelle and Sam)


National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future
Call for Session Proposals 

The American Horticultural Society is pleased to announce its 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS), the only national professional development event of its kind where we are cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators. The 2019 event will take place July 10-13 in Madison, Wisconsin, hosted by Community Groundworks, the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Design Lab, and the Wisconsin School Garden Network. At the core of the symposium are peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences.

Save the date for the 27th annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium!

Who: adults working in many different capacities – garden designers, educators, community leaders – to connect young people with the natural world

What: an annual professional development event, training educators in current trends and best practices in garden- and nature-based learning

WhenJuly 10-13, 2019 

Where: Madison, Wisconsin with excursions to the Troy Kid’s GardenMadison Children’s MuseumOlbrich Botanic Gardens, and more

Why: share ideas, success stories, and inspiration with like-minded colleagues from across the nation

How: four dynamic days of:

  • peer-taught sessions covering a range of relevant topics in small group settings to encourage substantive discussions
  • field trips to regional sites with a garden/nature focus
  • expert keynote presentations
  • structured and informal networkingopportunities

For more information about NCYGS or to unsubscribe from future NCYGS emails, contact education@ahsgardening.org.


 

FREE- SCIENCE RESOURCES


Titled: “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom!” produced by WGBH- PBS LEARNING MEDIA. There are some great lessons dealing with climate, weather, and the solary energy from the sun… just to mention a few!

https://wpt.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/universe/

Each topical collection listed below includes a lesson plan and supplementary resources that feature a range of innovative media. Some of the media-rich education resources featured in these lessons include: IMAGES, INTERACTIVES, GAMES, VIDEOS, and DATA VISUALIZATIONS. Flexible support materials aid instructional use and integration into the classroom. The material contained in this product is based upon work supported by NASA.
There are units for all grades K-12.
K-2: Waves (light), Space, Earth’s Systems, and Weather/Climate
3-5: Space, Earth’s System
6-8: Space, Earth’s System, Weather/Climate
9-12: Space, Weather/Climate


$1250 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

The July 1-11, 2019 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use: 

·         21st Century Instruction:  Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM ~ 5E

·         Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!

·         Global and Cultural Perspectives:  ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education ~ Indigenous Cultures

Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Kristie Reddick, The Bug Chicks; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

·         Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments. 

·         Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities.

·         Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.

·         Work in grade-level cohorts to develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating  standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom.

PLT Certification, BirdSleuth, and other resources included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional.  $1250 scholarship deadline February 1, 2019.  With a scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1345 (airfare not included).  Space is limited to 30 educators – Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at here.  Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information: 

Email:  christa@amazonworkshops.com

Phone:  1-800-431-2624


 

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