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
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.
Educator & Adult Workshops
At the Aldo Leopold Nature Center we offer a wide variety of both adult and teacher workshops. Some adult workshops we have had in the past ranged from Invasive Species, Chainsaw Safety and Burn School to mixed media art. Leopold Education Project, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET, KEEP (K-12 Energy Education Program), and Global Environmental Change Education are just a few examples of our teacher workshops.
Wisconsin School Garden Network, Farm to School Program
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.
From the Field Webinar Series
The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. View our From the Field Webinar Series to learn about our global programs on the five continents where cranes are found. Check in regularly for upcoming webinars dates, or to view our library of past webinars.
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.
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
Annual Conference & Winter Workshop
The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education hosts an annual gathering each fall 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. A winter workshop, typically held between January and March, promotes community and collegiality among environmental educators in the state. Check the website for details.
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, customized school-based trainings, and online courses are available. Substitute reimbursement stipends for in-person events are frequently available as well.
Education, Stewardship & Citizen Science
The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program supports a network of well-informed volunteers and instructors dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. Master Naturalists are equipped to address environmental challenges facing the state through expert-led trainings covering natural history and conservation stewardship topics. Make a positive impact through stewardship, citizen science, and educational volunteer activities. Training opportunities happen throughout the year and are located across the state with partner organizations.
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.
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.
Check out the MREA events for information about the Annual Energy Fair held in June!
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.