Exciting workshops for educators! 

Shift from teacher to student. Build your skill set, learn a new subject, and have fun – all at the same time! Check out the many workshops, trainings, and conferences for educators and others!

Visit the Nature Net calendar for specific upcoming workshops (listed in green):

Nature Net Calendar


Nature Net Member Offerings

Aldo Leopold Foundation
Leopold Education Project & other trainings 

Following Aldo Leopold example, the Aldo Leopold Foundation offers courses and programs to help individuals deepen their ecological understanding, better care for people and nature in their own communities, and inspire others to do the same. Many programs take place at the Leopold Center and Shack, whose surrounding woods, wetlands, and prairies offer an outdoor classroom rich in Leopold’s legacy.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Educator & Adult Workshops

Aldo Leopold Nature Center often offers training in programs such as Project Learning Tree, NOAA Climate Stewards, Project Wild & WET, LEAF, or KEEP. Check the website for offerings.

Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens
Wisconsin School Garden Network

The Wisconsin School Garden Network, a project of Community GroundWorks, offers free school garden trainings at schools, community centers, and non-profit sites around Wisconsin. Trainings provide information and inspiration to anyone interested in starting or sustaining a youth garden. They also offer a platform for those invested in youth gardens to exchange ideas and resources. Themes and topics will vary.

Find information about upcoming Wisconsin School Garden Network trainings, as well as other events around the state related to garden-based education.

Locally, Community GroundWorks offers garden-based workshops for educators on a variety of topics at the Troy Kids’ Garden and Goodman Youth Farm.

International Crane Foundation
One Helps One Program

Support education for young women in rural China by pairing American classrooms with a sponsor and students in China. ICF’s international education programs give educators the opportunity to cross cultural and political boundaries through a shared concern for the future of cranes and the environment.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Adult Walks, Workshops, and Classes

Engage your senses, discover hidden talents, learn a new technique, and explore a more personal relationship with plants and nature. From gardening practices to using nature as inspiration for the arts and do-it-yourself projects, Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers a broad range of classes and programs for all types of educators. Led by experts in their fields, our programs provide something for every interest and skill level. Join us for classes and workshops all year round at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and explore the wonder of plants, gardening, and the natural world.

UW Arboretum
Winter Enrichment Lectures

Attend any or all of the ten lectures in this fantastic winter series. Lectures focus on topics such as landscape design, population dynamics, invasive species, natural history, genetics, evolution, and archaeology. Lectures are presented by UW-Madison & Edgewood professors, grad students as well as visiting professors, Wisconsin DNR faculty and other experts.

Other Wisconsin & On-line Courses

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education
Annual Conference

The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education hosts an annual gathering for formal and non-formal educators to learn from each other and experts in the field. Areas of focus, keynote addresses and venues vary each year. Check the website for details.

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Forestry & Energy Education 

Professional Development offerings from both the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) and the Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program (LEAF) can be found HERE.
Engage your students with relevant, place-based environmental education and increase sustainability efforts within your educational community.
One-day workshops, face-to-face graduate level courses, and online courses are available. Tuition scholarships and substitute reimbursements stipends are available as well.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist
Education, Stewardship & Citizen Science

The WIMN Volunteer Training Course provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Courses combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists, who are trained to deliver the WIMN course. Training opportunities will be located at Host Organizations — university and college campuses, environmental education centers, and museums across the state.

Environmental Education in Wisconsin.org
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!

Green & Healthy Schools
Teacher and Leader Workshops

The Green & Healthy Schools program, supported by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisc. DNR and the Wisc. Center for Environmental Education often offers teacher workshops and training to support making your school green and healthy. Check in for updates or sign up to receive announcements.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association
MREA Courses

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 such as Photovoltaics, Residential Wind Systems, Solar Domestic Hot Water/Solar Thermal Systems and Renewable Energy Business.

UW Milwaukee Field Station
Field Station Natural History Workshops

The Field Station regularly offers programs for adults (available for college credit) that include topics such as Vegetation of Wisconsin, Wildlife Monitoring, Geology, Plant Identification, Invasive Species Management, and Restoration. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations are hosted by noted authorities.