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Upcoming Workshops

At Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, we offer a limited amount of workshops.  If you do not see the workshop you are looking for Summer 2016 or are a Partner Teacher looking to renew your contract, click the link here to see other workshop opportunities available in the metro area.

Project Learning Tree: K-8 workshop

November 12, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
3815 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

Designed for formal and non-formal educators, attendees will use and experience hands-on K-8 student activities both outdoors and indoors. Project Learning Tree (PLT) uses forests and the environment as a context for learning and applying science, math, language arts, social studies, and visual arts. PLT is correlated to Minnesota academic standards. While many lessons are designed for indoor use, others can be used in your schoolyard or school forest.

Participants get an award-winning PLT K-8 Activity Guide (contains 96 lessons), CEUs, light lunch. Preview the book at

TO REGISTER for this free workshop, follow the link:

This workshop is sponsored by the Twin Cities Hoo Hoo Club, which supports the forest products industry in Minnesota.

For more information, contact Laura Duffey at 651-259-5263 or by email at


Environmental Education Cohort 

You are invited to join a dedicated group of educators focused on integrating and embedding environmental education and outdoor instruction into daily lessons. Join us for one Saturday morning session or as many as you can!

Refuge Staff are currently seeking VOLUNTEERS Interested in helping plan the 2016-17 EE Cohort Series. If you are interested please let us know. Go to http://

We are currently assembling a list of Environmental Education Mentors willing to share their expertise with a local teacher looking for help incorporating EE into their classroom teaching. For more information or to register as a mentor or as a mentee, call Suzanne Trapp at 952-361-4502.

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’s 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.

Here are 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 Trapp 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: Sep 23, 2016
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