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Upcoming Workshops


Environmental Education Cohort

Sponsored by the Jeffers Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

You are invited to join a dedicated group of elementary educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into every day school instruction. Join us for one Saturday morning workshop or as many as you can!  Sessions are the first Saturday each month from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., February through May, at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center. Click here for flyer with detailed information (PDF).

February 1: Quick and simple ways to integrate EE (Receive the EcoTime Cards and CD)
March 1: The Nature of Math
April 5: Reading and Writing with EE in Mind
May 3 : Tips and Tricks for Outdoor Instruction

Registration is REQUIRED and we must have a minimum of 20 attendees registered!  Visit and indicate which dates you’ll join us. Consider it an opportunity to attend topic specific mini-workshops at no cost!! CEU certificates are available.


Conservation Education in a Changing Climate! (PDF)

Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

To register, visit 

In a Nutshell

What if you had access to your own, personal naturalist to discover the nature right outside your classroom door, the nearby park or nature area?
Well you do, and it is FREE! Refuge staff can help design a 90-minute workshop just right for you and your teaching team. Free lesson ideas, worksheets, and resource materials are included in each workshop.

A minimum of 20 educators is needed to schedule a workshop at your location. Dates and times are flexible. Refuge staff can provide topic suggestions if needed after previewing your site. A Few Theme Suggestions: 1-2-3 Tree ID, Birds in Your Backyard, Water Critters, Wildlife Signs, Insect Investigations, or (insert YOUR idea here). To plan a session at your school, call Suzanne at 952-361-4502.



Nature Drawing and Journaling 


Saturday, Apr. 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. To register, contact: Hamline University at

Off campus nature journaling can open doors to interdisciplinary studies in your classroom. Experience activities uniquely suited to developing the powers of observation. Use nature identification books. Review drawing techniques easily taught and used by anyone. Discover some great journal starter exercises. Explore links between sketching, writing, and identifying that awaken curiosity and deepen knowledge about the environment. Bring a lunch. Target audience: teachers K–12; environmental and art educators. Instructor: Pam O’Brien has worked as a naturalist, environmental education program coordinator, and marketing communication manager.


Facts About Workshops

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge facilitates and hosts a variety of workshops focusing on the environment. Please read details of each workshop carefully as registration and fees may vary.
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014
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