Adult Education

Professional Development and Educator Training Opportunities

NARA Teacher workshop

Hands-on Professional Development Trainings

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center occasionally offers adult trainings and workshops for teachers, educators and youth leaders on a variety of topics, including: Wilderness First Aid, Master Naturalist Instructor Training, Projects Wet/WILD/Learning Tree and Early Childhood, Leopold Education Project, and others. Check back for upcoming adult education workshops or contact us at (608) 254-6461 if you have questions about upcoming training and workshop events!


Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course

  • What is is all about?  Upham Woods will be working in partnership with Wisconsin Master Naturalist to provide education, training, and service opportunities for adult volunteers who are passionate about conserving the state’s natural resources.
  • Where:  At Upham Woods and field trips to nearby conservation organizations
  • When: July 31 – September 18, 2023
  • Course Fee:  $275 reduced fees will be available during the registration process at a self-selected rate of either $200, $150, or $100.
  • More questions?  Give us a call at (608)254-6461 or email

Peanut Butter Mountain Team Building Challenge Course Facilitator Training

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center occasionally offers facilitation workshops for our team building challenge course, enabling participants to lead Peanut Butter Mountain sessions at Upham Woods for one year; yearly refreshers are required as are current First Aid and CPR certifications. Trainings cover the goals and standards of challenge courses, policies and safety procedures for Peanut Butter Mountain and group processing methods. Participants also learn group initiative games and participate in Peanut Butter Mountain elements.

Current Peanut Butter Mountain Training Dates available:

For more information, to register for a training, or to request a training day for your group contact or call (608) 254-6461.

DNR Fishing Instructor Training

This training will certify you as a Fishing Education Instructor and provide you with tips and materials to lead fishing programs. We’ll even go fishing to do some practice teaching. Successful program models include 4-H projects, adult education, community fishing outings, meet-ups for young adults, after-school fishing clubs, summer enrichment classes, day camps, school-family events, and helping scouts earn merit badges. More information on this certificate can be found on the Wisconsin DNR website.

Dates available:

For more information, to register for a training, or to request a training day for your group contact or call (608) 254-6461.

Summer Camp Chaperones

We are still looking for more Summer Camp chaperones!

  • Who: Anyone over the age of 18 who wants to facilitate a safe, inclusive camp experience.
  • Requirements: Pass a background check, agree to camp policies, complete required UW-Madison trainings and attend a virtual training session in April.
    • There is a need for specialized chaperones such as first aid coordinator (requires certifications), dining hall coordinator etc.
  • How: Application is now open. Involves an interview with a Program Coordinator: Johanna or Rachael. No experience is necessary. Apply Here: