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LEAF-Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program



Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: All About Urban Forestry

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.  

All About Urban Forestry

Discover the forest right outside your door, the Urban Forest! Explore the benefits, management, and career pathways available in the field. Find tools to engage students in the classroom. Arbor Day is the last Friday in April! Find a way to celebrate the trees in your community.



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Marshall 4/8 - 4/8 Th 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM $0.00 View

Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: Burning Questions

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.  

Burning Questions

Did you know that Wisconsin’s primary wildfire season is in the spring? Or that more than 99% of our wildfires are caused by people? Or that the beloved wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear is 76 years old but still as relevant and needed as ever? Tune into this presentation for an overview of how we prevent, detect, and suppress wildfires in Wisconsin.



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

Hear from the Experts - WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: Protecting WI Forests from Invasive Species

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.  

Protecting Wisconsin's Forests from Invasive Species

Wisconsin’s forests are under threat from invasive insects, diseases, plants, and worms. Mike Hillstrom, a DNR Forest Health Specialist, will discuss the invasive pests causing the most damage currently and how to manage them, as well as new pests to watch for and report. June is Invasive Species Action Month, so help students plan now for what they can do to prevent invasive species in Wisconsin.



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Marshall 5/4 - 5/4 Tu 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM $0.00 View

Hear from the Experts- WDNR Forestry Lecture Series: Managing Forests for Species of Special Concern

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.  

Managing Forests for Species of Special Concern

Join us as we look at some of Wisconsin’s forest dependent rare species. Can you name any? Explore why certain species are rare in Wisconsin and gain an understanding of endangered species laws and policies. We will also learn about the Wisconsin’s Natural Heritage Inventory and how foresters use this data and NHC species guidance to protect and enhance habitat for rare species and natural communities.



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Marshall 2/4 - 2/4 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 8 hours to complete. The certificate of completion states 8 hours of participation and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (EE Stipulation)

 



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Flick 1/18 - 5/14 Mo Fr 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM $50.00 View

Tea & Tapas: Creating Educational Stewardship Communities

Join us for a virtual Tea Time and Tapas and be inspired to teach outside on your school site and community and build seasonal connections--whether you’re a beginner or an expert! Each month, we will explore seasonal bounty in our Tea and Tapas that you can share with your students and connect to other highlighted lessons and resources. Hear inspiring stories and practical educational examples from guest experts. Find space for discussion and networking to enhance outdoor learning places. Have a cup of tea, relax, and share. 

May Theme: Garlic Mustard Pesto

In this session, we’ll connect to garlic mustard (a forest understory invasive) and other spring herbaceous understory plants as a way to think about all the distinct species in our ecosystems. We’ll explore how we can build diverse and resilient stewardship communities.  

 

By registering with the WCEE, you are joining thousands of Wisconsin educators who receive news on vetted curriculum and resources in Environmental, Forestry and Energy Education.




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Flick 5/18 - 5/18 Tu 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM $0.00 View

Tea & Tapas: Fire, Succession, and Creating Outdoor Memory Storylines

Join us for a virtual Tea Time and Tapas and be inspired to teach outside on your school site and community and build seasonal connections--whether you’re a beginner or an expert! Each month, we will explore seasonal bounty in our Tea and Tapas that you can share with your students and connect to other highlighted lessons and resources. Hear inspiring stories and practical educational examples from guest experts. Find space for discussion and networking to enhance outdoor learning places. Have a cup of tea, relax, and share. 

March Theme: Raspberry Buds and Spring Syrup

In this session we’ll connect to seasonal memory classics of tree syrups and berries to explore storylines of fire and ecological succession. These memories can form relationships to places that stick with you and students for a lifetime. 

By registering with the WCEE, you are joining thousands of Wisconsin educators who receive news on vetted curriculum and resources in Environmental, Forestry and Energy Education.




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Flick 3/16 - 3/16 Tu 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM $0.00 View

Tea & Tapas: Observations Outdoors and Building Respectful Relationships

Join us for a virtual Tea Time and Tapas and be inspired to teach outside on your school site and community and build seasonal connections--whether you’re a beginner or an expert! Each month, we will explore seasonal bounty in our Tea and Tapas that you can share with your students and connect to other highlighted lessons and resources. Hear inspiring stories and practical educational examples from guest experts. Find space for discussion and networking to enhance outdoor learning places. Have a cup of tea, relax, and share. 

February Theme: Coniferous Tea and Tasties

In this session, we’ll connect to white pines and other important habitat trees, as a way to think about species of special concern and habitat restoration projects. It’s easy to use something like understanding one tree, its needs and benefits, and our relationship to it as an anchor to many different inquiry pathways. 

By registering with the WCEE, you are joining thousands of Wisconsin educators who receive news on vetted curriculum and resources in Environmental, Forestry and Energy Education.




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Flick 2/16 - 2/16 Tu 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM $0.00 View

Tea & Tapas: Teamwork and Storytelling Through ArtScience

Join us for a virtual Tea Time and Tapas and be inspired to teach outside on your school site and community and build seasonal connections--whether you’re a beginner or an expert! Each month, we will explore seasonal bounty in our Tea and Tapas that you can share with your students and connect to other highlighted lessons and resources. Hear inspiring stories and practical educational examples from guest experts. Find space for discussion and networking to enhance outdoor learning places. Have a cup of tea, relax, and share. 

April Theme: Dandelions and Other "Weeds"

In this session, we’ll connect to urban lettuces like dandelions and forest shoots like nettles, to get creative together in all our home ecosystems—or oikos. Learn how to use art and creative inquiry as a method and practice to tell place-based stories through multiple literacy lenses.  

By registering with the WCEE, you are joining thousands of Wisconsin educators who receive news on vetted curriculum and resources in Environmental, Forestry and Energy Education.




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Flick 4/13 - 4/13 Tu 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM $0.00 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 4-5 hours to complete. The certificate of completion states 5 hours of participation and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (EE Stipulation)

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Flick 1/18 - 5/14 Mo Fr 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM $25.00 View