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Are you wild about nature? Could your students benefit from a nature-based education program? Join thousands of educators who utilize world-renowned curricula to supplement or substitute in your classroom that is correlated to Nebraska and National Standards!

Attend a brand-new workshop offering from Nebraska Forest Service and Lower Loup Natural Resources District! Gain access to PLT's new flagship K-8 curriculum: Explore Your Environment. Attendees will be fully equipped to teach outdoors for the upcoming school year. Get ready for fall semester with this engaging curriculum!

Encourage learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! PLT uses interdisciplinary curriculum to teach students how to think, not what to think, while using trees and forests as "windows to the world."

Join us July 23rd at Lower Loup Natural Resources District Office which is located at 2620 Airport Rd, Ord, NE 68862. Bring a friend (or two!) for this fantastic professional learning opportunity.

Each participant will be given a certificate for 3 in-service hours for childcare licensing, a copy each of the curricula, and the background knowledge needed to implement these hands-on, heads-on activities in your classroom or program right away!

Cost is only $25 per person.

Questions? Contact us:

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, 402-472-9727

Alan J. Bartels - Information Specialist, Lower Loup NRD, 2620 Airport Drive, Ord, NE 68862-1002, (308) 728-3221, abartels@llnrd.org



Gain access to award-winning curriculum from Project Learning Tree, Project WET and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium at the scenic Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland. This workshop is geared towards educators of youth grades kindergarten through 5th. Participants will receive certificates for 6 hours of in-service, copies of curriculum, and the knowledge of how to implement new environmental education lessons into their classrooms right away! Participants should bring their own lunches so as to make the most of our time together.

Bring a friend (or two!) for this fantastic early childhood educator professional learning opportunity.

Must be registered by July 8th. Participants should bring a lunch. Cost is only $15 per person!

Trees & Me is Project Learning Tree's *NEW* early childhood education activity guide that integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs. It allows children to explore, discover, and communicate in expressive ways.

Getting Little Feet Wet is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum. Getting Little Feet Wet contains interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds.

Encourage early learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! PLT, WET and WILD use interdisciplinary curriculum to teach students how to think, not what to think, about trees, water, and wildlife!

Questions? Contact us:

Jackie Halsey - Education Program Manager – Schools, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Phone: 402-738-2002, jacqueline.halsey@omahazoo.com| OmahaZoo.com

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, 402-472-9727



Encourage early learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! Connect your little learners with the nature in your neighborhood this August using Project Learning Tree and WET's award-winning early childhood environmental education curricula designed for youth ages 1-6. Each provide fun experiences to explore elements of nature, both indoors and outdoors!

Join your Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Extension for a professional development opportunity centered on two curricula offerings which connects little learners with the natural world! During this workshop, we explore activities from Project Learning Tree’s Trees & Me and Project WET's Getting Little Feet WET both focused on early childhood students grades pre-formal school through 1st (ages 1-6). This workshop is occurring August 9th and 11th from 1:00-2:30 PM CST virtually via zoom with a cost of $25 per participant. Increase the quantity and quality of the experiences your children have with nature by attending this zoom-based professional learning workshop!

Participants will receive a copy of PLT Trees & Me and Getting Little Feet WET curriculum guides, a certificate for 4** hours of childcare in-service credit, and the background knowledge to implement these hands-on heads-on experiences in their work with youth right away!

**Includes 1 hour of self-paced homework to receive a certificate for all 4 hours.

Questions? Contact us:

Sarah Roberts, The Learning Child Extension Educator – Dixon County, 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE 68728-2828, (402) 584-3830, sarah.roberts@unl.edu

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, 402-472-9727



Encourage early learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! PLT uses interdisciplinary curriculum to teach students how to think, not what to think, while using trees and forests as "windows to the world."

Join your Nebraska Forest Service and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-person professional development opportunity centered on a brand-new curricula offering which connects little learners and the nature in their neighborhood! During this workshop, we explore activities from Project Learning Tree’s "Trees & Me!" Curriculum guide focused on early childhood students grades pre-formal school through 1st (ages 1-6). "Trees & Me" is designed to provide opportunities for young children to experience nature, with a particular focus on trees and is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of the experiences your children have with nature. It provides fun experiences to explore elements of nature, both indoors and outdoors.

Participants will receive a copy of PLT Trees & Me curriculum, a certificate for 2 hours of in-service credit, and the background knowledge to implement these hands-on heads-on experiences in their work with youth right away!

Admission is Free of Charge. Only 25 seats are available! Sign up today!

Details:

  • July 21, 2022; 6:30-8:30 PM MST
  • University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center
  • 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
  • Bring a friend for some forest-focused summer fun!
  • For educators of learners ages 1-6.

What Early Childhood Educators Say About Nebraska PLT Workshops

I love that I am able to implement the curriculums into program so easily! I have what I need at my fingertips! It’s been fun to bring more nature into my classroom and the kids are eager to learn more and nature! Phenomenal trainings!

I learned different activities and ideas to implement activities in all areas of development and bring nature into my work with young children. The resources are very helpful. I recommend these workshops to other colleagues and friends!

I love going to the Nebraska PLT workshops and utilizing the curriculum because it enables me to get my students outside while learning. Every time I go to one of these workshops, I learn a new activity and ideas to share with my students, even after 21 years in education.

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM:

Project Learning Tree® (PLT) provides educators with high-quality professional development, hands-on activities, and multi-disciplinary supplemental curriculum that can be easily integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas to help teach youth about trees, forests, and the environment.

Delanie Bruce - Facilitator , Education Manager Bird Conservancy of the Rockies - Nebraska, delanie.bruce@birdconservancy.org, (308) 633-1013

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, (402)472-9727



Encourage early learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! PLT uses interdisciplinary curriculum to teach students how to think, not what to think, while using trees and forests as "windows to the world."

Join your Nebraska Forest Service and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-person professional development opportunity centered on a brand-new curricula offering which connects little learners and the nature in their neighborhood! During this workshop, we explore activities from Project Learning Tree’s "Trees & Me!" Curriculum guide focused on early childhood students grades pre-formal school through 1st (ages 1-6). "Trees & Me" is designed to provide opportunities for young children to experience nature, with a particular focus on trees and is an invitation to increase the quantity and quality of the experiences your children have with nature. It provides fun experiences to explore elements of nature, both indoors and outdoors.

Participants will receive a copy of PLT Trees & Me curriculum, a certificate for 2 hours of in-service credit, and the background knowledge to implement these hands-on heads-on experiences in their work with youth right away!

Admission is Free of Charge. Only 25 seats are available! Sign up today!

Details:

  • July 21, 2022; 6:30-8:30 PM MST
  • University of Nebraska Panhandle Research & Extension Center
  • 4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
  • Bring a friend for some forest-focused summer fun!
  • For educators of learners ages 1-6.

What Early Childhood Educators Say About Nebraska PLT Workshops

I love that I am able to implement the curriculums into program so easily! I have what I need at my fingertips! It’s been fun to bring more nature into my classroom and the kids are eager to learn more and nature! Phenomenal trainings!

I learned different activities and ideas to implement activities in all areas of development and bring nature into my work with young children. The resources are very helpful. I recommend these workshops to other colleagues and friends!

I love going to the Nebraska PLT workshops and utilizing the curriculum because it enables me to get my students outside while learning. Every time I go to one of these workshops, I learn a new activity and ideas to share with my students, even after 21 years in education.



Join your Nebraska Forest Service for a brand-new workshop focused on Climate Resiliency and water resources. Learn about Climate Resiliency and how to integrate solutions-based, hopeful storytelling when communicating with students. During this workshop we will explore lessons from both Project WET's new Climate, Water and Resilience curriculum. Make a splash this school year with a new curriculum from Project WET!

Join us August 11th from 7 to 9 PM CST IN PERSON at Kearney Public Library South Platte Room 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847. Bring a friend (or two!) for this fantastic once-a-year professional learning opportunity!

Participants will receive copies of the curriculum guide as well as 2 hours of in-service training and the hands-on knowledge to integrate the curriculum into your instruction. Throughout the workshop we will highlight Nebraska-connections, local-impacts, and hopeful stories.

Project WET advances water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions. The curriculum cultivates awareness and appreciation for Nebraska’s natural resources while stimulating the ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues, the commitment to take responsible action, and the aptitude to select sustainable choices in order to conserve these resources for future generations.

Questions? Contact us:

Holly Mauslein, Environmental Educator & Instructor, green.holly0204@gmail.com , 402-975-5698

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, 402-472-9727

Project WET stands for Water Education Today. Water is a part of everything we are, everything we eat, and everything we use. Yet most people do not even know where their water comes from, let alone their larger water footprint. Project WET provides educators, natural resource professionals, and more real-world, relevant, and hands-on lessons, that create an interdisciplinary learning environment focused on the most essential aspect of life—water.



Are you wild about nature? Could your students benefit from a nature-based education program? Join thousands of educators who utilize world-renowned curricula to supplement or substitute in your classroom that is correlated to Nebraska and National Standards!

Attend a brand-new workshop offering from Nebraska Forest Service! Gain access to PLT's new flagship K-8 curriculum: Explore Your Environment. Attendees will be fully equipped to teach outdoors for the upcoming school year. Get ready for fall semester with this engaging curriculum!

Encourage learners’ natural curiosity in nature and guide them in multi-disciplinary learning experiences! PLT uses interdisciplinary curriculum to teach students how to think, not what to think, while using trees and forests as "windows to the world."

Join us August 13th at University of Nebraska Haskell Agricultural Laboratory which is located at 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE 68728. Bring a friend (or two!) for this fantastic professional learning opportunity.

Each participant will be given a certificate for 3 in-service hours for childcare licensing, a copy each of the curricula, and the background knowledge needed to implement these hands-on, heads-on activities in your classroom or program right away!

Must be registered by August 12th. Cost is only $25 per person.

Questions? Contact us:

Sarah Roberts, The Learning Child Extension Educator – Dixon County, 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE 68728-2828, (402) 584-3830, sarah.roberts@unl.edu

Anna Wiebelhaus, Assistant Conservation Forester, Nebraska Forest Service, 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE 68728, (402) 326-2514, awiebelhaus3@unl.edu

Jack Hilgert - PLT and WET State Coordinator, Conservation Education Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service, jack.hilgert@unl.edu, 402-472-9727