Upham Woods Fall Professional Development Series

Take advantage of a variety of professional development for 4-H colleagues, teachers, and volunteers who program at Upham Woods or work with youth anywhere.
  • Pre-register for all trainings by calling (608) 254-6461 or contact justin.hougham@wisc.edu or max.myers@ces.uwex.edu
  • All trainings are free of charge, unless otherwise noted
  • Contact Upham Woods if you have need for lodging the night before or after a training
  • For specific questions please contact Justin Hougham, 4H-YD Environmental Education Specialist justin.hougham@wisc.edu or Max Myers, Upham Woods Program Director at max.myers@ces.uwex.edu
Fall Schedule:
Wednesday 8/31 @ Upham Woods
Fundamentals of Experiential Learning 8:30am-11:30am
  • Making Better Observations- participate in an observation routine that is effective for any curriculum and aids learners in a variety of subject areas
  • Mental Heuristics and Risk Management-  review best practices and challenges when managing risk and making decisions for youth and adult programs anywhere
Upham Programs  1pm-4pm: 
Be trained to facilitate  the following programs with your groups at Upham Woods:
  • Wacky Water Critters (fresh water ecology and Macro invertebrate collection)-  become eligible to lead with your group at Upham Woods
  • Archery- become familiar with 4-H archery practices and site specific procedures at Upham Woods- work with a certified 4-H archery instructor and be eligible to lead archery with your group at Upham Woods
Thursday 9/1 @ Upham Woods
 Canoe Training: 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Learn canoe safety and paddle techniques
  • Familiarize yourself with paddle programming at Upham Woods
  • Hike north shore trail
  • Learn about a creative way for youth to introduce themselves to each other with an activity called “Auto Cartography”
Friday, 9/2 @ Upham Woods
STEM and Environmental Education Training:  9:15am-11:45am, 12:45pm-4:30 on Blackhawk Island
  • Value of a Tree Curriculum (forestry) (in the morning)
    • Learn about the new forestry curriculum at Upham Woods with an emphasis on Biofuel technology and hands on experience with forestry tools
    • Become eligible to participate in Value of a Tree resource lending program
  • Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) training (Must attend full day)
    • Learn about the latest environmental education research that suggests ways to engage youth in the outdoors
    • Become eligible to facilitate DOTS programs with your youth and participate in the DOTS kit lending program
    • Participate in a DOTS inquiry on Blackhawk Island

Blackhawk Island Training:  12:45pm-4:30pm

  • Become eligible to lead hikes on Blackhawk Island with your group
  • Participate in technology programming on the island
  • Learn new forestry curriculum including new ways of seeing the forest ecosystem: picture posts and deer exclosures
Wednesday, 9/14
North Central Region 4-H meeting- Langlade County
Environmental Education: Expanding Our Senses with Digital Tools (Regional Staff only) – Justin Hougham, Marc Nutter, Max Myers
 
Saturday, 9/17 @ Upham Woods
Team Building and Low Ropes facilitation (Peanut Butter Mountain) (requires a minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 12)  10am-4pm:
  • Become trained in fundamentals of team building facilitation and site specific training at Upham Woods
  • Participants will be eligible to lead activities on Peanut Butter Mountain at Upham Woods for one year
Stay the night and attend the Upham Woods 75th Anniversary on Sunday 9/18, be a volunteer and help Upham Woods or purchase a ticket $7 and attend the celebration as a welcomed guest.  Go here for details on the 75th anniversary celebration.
 
Saturday, 11/5 10:15a-12:15p
Environmental Education: Expanding Our Senses with Digital Tools – Justin Hougham, Marc Nutter, Max Myers
Fall Forum at Green Lake Conference Center
 
Tuesday, 11/29 @ Upham Woods
*Updated as of 9/28/16
Digital Observation Technology Training 9:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Learn about the latest environmental education research that suggests ways to engage youth in the outdoors
  • Become eligible to facilitate DOTS programs with your youth and participate in the DOTS kit lending program
  • Cost: $15, lunch provided
  • For more information on this training, please see this flyer
  • For more information on the DOTS program go here
  • For questions or to register for this training, please contact Justin Hougham, 4H-YD Environmental Education Specialist justin.hougham@wisc.edu or Max Myers, Upham Woods Program Director at max.myers@ces.uwex.edu
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