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LEAF-Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program



Get Outside Power Hour: Teaching in Your School Forest, School Grounds, and Your Community

Get support for teaching in your place outside. In this series of chats, we will explore various topics related to outdoor education each month. We will draw on LEAF’s expertise and our network of experienced teachers to host a general Q & A, facilitate meaningful discussions, troubleshoot and share ideas amongst each other, and learn at least one hands-on activity that is easy for students to do outside or remotely. We hope to create a sounding board and idea generation place for educators to handle the emerging COVID-19 conditions.

If you wish to receive a certificate of participation with the number of hours you participated, you must sign up for the entire series. If not, you can just select the sessions you wish to join. We're all in this together!



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Flick 10/14 - 12/9 Tu We 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM $0.00 View

Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: Caring for Our Public Forests

Hear from the Experts: WDNR Forestry Lecture Series sponsored by LEAF.

Join LEAF staff and DNR experts over your lunch-hour as we explore different topics in the world of forestry. Each online session will provide background content about the day’s scheduled forestry topic, mention career pathways for students, and allow question and answer time for participants to interact with the presenter.

Caring for our Public Forests

The public places myriad demands on our public (county, state and national) forests. Let’s explore how foresters care for our public forests to provide for social, economic and ecological needs. Learn how foresters balance multiple use management on these lands with timber harvests to meet other goals such as wildlife habitat and recreational purposes. We will focus on the management of the Flambeau River State Forest on its 90th anniversary this year!



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Marshall 12/3 - 12/3 Th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM $0.00 View

Hear from the Experts: WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: A Census of Wisconsin Forests

Hear from the Experts: WDNR Forestry Lecture Series sponsored by LEAF

Join LEAF staff and DNR experts over your lunch-hour as we explore different topics in the world of forestry. Each online session will provide background content about the day’s scheduled forestry topic, mention career pathways for students, and allow question and answer time for participants to interact with the presenter.  

A Census of Wisconsin Forests

As the federal government wraps up the 2020 census of people, let’s delve into how and why the government also does a “census” of trees. You’ll get highlights of the information regarding Wisconsin trees and forests and how you can access the data.  The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, through the United States Forest Service, is a powerful inventory platform that can track changes in forests over time at small (county) and large (state, national) scales. We’ll discover that Wisconsin also has several other inventory programs that make the state a leader in forest inventory and analysis.



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Marshall 1/14 - 1/14 Th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM $0.00 View

Online Step Outside and into Health and Wellness Engagement: Outdoor Classroom Leadership

Harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. Conducting class outside offers many academic, physical, social and emotional benefits for students. Studies link outdoor learning to improvement in attitudes toward school, increased student achievement, higher attendance, increased social development, and physical health benefits. Learning outdoors is even linked to a reduction of ADHD and ADD symptoms among some students. This workshop is designed for K-8 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants learn how to conduct class outside on any type of school grounds (from urban concrete to rural forests) in order to engage and inspire students in learning. Guidelines, rules, safety considerations, resources and handouts will be provided so teachers have everything they need to lead confidently. The class also includes training in Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and you will receive an e-book version of the PLT guide. You'll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for conducting a project-based environmental education product. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The online self-paced workshop will include time for integrating stepping outside into your classroom setting, and provide a variety of ready-to-use activities so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away.

If you would like a hard copy of the PLT K-8 Environmental Education Manual (instead of just online access), this can be included in your kit for an additional charge of $20. Please add the item below when you place your order.

Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module. It should take approximately 7 hours to complete. The certificate of completion states 7 hours of participation and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (EE Stipulation)

 



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Flick 9/1 - 12/18 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM $50.00 View

Using the WI Community Tree Map as an Educational Tool: Tree Inventories and School Site Assessment

This self-paced online module teaches you how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of city and township tree inventories from around the state, with your students! With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Students learn technical skills using equipment and observation, real-world critical literacy, outside field collection, data analysis and interpretation, systems thinking processes, and civic science practices. Participants will receive access to a growing library of resources which include curriculum connections, data collection and analysis documents, and a collection of articles and resources on urban tree benefits. Upon successful completion of the module, participants will receive a certificate of completion and an organizational login and password for using the WI Community Tree Map as an inventory, research, and citizen science tool with students. This module will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.



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Flick 9/1 - 12/18 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM $25.00 View