February Workshops

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February 3rd: Lichens

Video Recording of the Presentation

Presenter: Joe Walewski, Director of Naturalist Training & Danielle Hefferan, Naturalist Training and Curriculum Coordinator

Target Grade/Age of Students: Elementary

Details: Learn a little about lichen biology and ecology while studying the lichens near you! We will also reflect on how to incorporate wild pedagogies within online learning.

Additional Resources:

Headshot of Joe in the Winter. He has strands of lichen hanging down from his next to extend his beard

Joe Walewski

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February 10th: MN DNR

Teacher Resources Overview

Video Recording of the Presentation

Presenters from the Department of Natural Resources:

Benji Kohn, Minnesota Mentor Network Coordinator

Janine Kohn, Minnesota Project WET Coordinator

Briedi Scott, Minnesota Project WILD Coordinator

Laura Duffey, Minnesota Project Learning Tree Coordinator

Target Grade/Age of Students: PreK-College

Details: Join our panel discussion as the DNR shares an overview of some amazing resources that are available for formal and non-formal Minnesota educators.

The DNR administers an array of National Environmental Education Programs and offers training opportunities to use the materials with a variety of audiences.

Learn what educational materials are easily available for teachers to use outside and how to get trained in each program. The outdoor world awaits, let DNR assist you in learning and connecting your audiences to the outdoors!

Additional Resources:

Project WET

Project WILD

Project Learning Tree

MinnAqua Leaders Guide

FIN website

MN Conservation Volunteer Magazine/Teacher Lessons

MN Archery in the Schools

Arbor Month Teacher's Guide

Wildfire Prevention Teacher Resources

School Forest Program

Benji Kohn

Janine Kohn

Laura Duffey

Briedi Scott

Feb 17th: Ice Fishing

Video Recording of Presentation

Presenter: Karl Erickson and Matt Wilkie

Target Grade/Age of Students: Elementary & Secondary


Feb 24th: Mysteries in the Snow: Winter Animal Tracking

Video Recording of Presentation

Presenter: Larry Wade and Cindy Eyden

Target Grade/Age of Students: 2nd – 6th grade

Details: How to bring the outdoors into your classroom by creating live / virtual field trips, in which students observe animal signs and tracks, are able to ask questions and learn the joy of pondering nature's mysteries. Handouts included. Modifications to integrate to language arts, science, math will be discussed.


Winter Nature School, Week 1 – Mysteries in the Snow – Animal Tracking

Fall Nature School, Week 7 – Signs of Deer in Nature

Animal Track ID Cards

Find more animal tracking ideas on our Winter Resources Page

Larry Wade

Cindy Eyden