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Upcoming Workshops


Environmental Education Cohort

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 session or as many as you can! Sessions are USUALLY the first Saturday each month from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon year-round, at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center.

Note: Those who attend at least 3 sessions are eligible to receive a classroom set of Jeffers Journals for their students.

Sept. 6: EE as part of the Responsive Classroom (participants receive a set of EcoTime Cards and CD)

Oct. 4: Teaching with Trees (participants receive a dichotomous tree key, a forest primer and tree poster)

Nov. 1: The Natural Connection of Art and Nature

Dec. 6: Session Break – Happy Holidays!

Jan. 10: **Reading your Winter Landscape**

**Bring an old white sheet to this session for optional track printing for your classroom after our meeting**

Feb. 7: Creating Significant Life Experiences and Reflection in the Outdoors

March 7: Nature's Notebook

April 4: Tentative: Science House of the Science Museum of Minnesota

May 2: Mentorship: Students Teaching Students

Registration is ENCOURAGED to ensure we have a set of teaching resources for you! Visit
and indicate which dates you plan to join us. CEU certificates are available for each session. This is an opportunity to attend topic specific mini-workshops at no cost!!

At this time, teachers of I.S.D 112 are eligible to attend for pay through their school district. Please let us know if you are interested in refuge staff contacting your District Curriculum Coordinator to establish a similar partnership.

For More Information Contact Suzanne Trapp at 952-361-4502.

Partner Teacher Workshops

 To become a part of the Partner Teacher Program, each educator must attend at least one orientation session. Next, attend a seasonal workshop to bring your class to the Refuge during that season. Offered 3 times each year, these workshops highlight curriculum, teaching materials and equipment for the season. After that, attend only one additional refuge training every 3 years to continue in the Program.

Click on the Refuge site you would like to visit for the workshop schedule.

Bloomington Education & Visitor Center
Rapids Lake Education & Visitor Center 

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 are 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.




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 13, 2015
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