See Descriptions of these Workshops Below

Foundations of Inquiry: July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions: July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017 at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA

Living with a Volcano in your Backyard: Mount Rainier July 17-22, 2017 at Mount Rainier National Park

Wilderness First Aid, NOLS, Sat, 15 Jul 2017 thru Sun, 16 Jul 2017, Bothell, WA

Earth Educators' Rendezvous: July 17, 2017, 9:00am to Friday, July 21, 2017, 5:00pm

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference: August 3-5, 2017, Seattle WA.

46th Annual NAAEE Conference in Puerto Rico: October 17-21, 2017.


Woodland Park Zoo Educator Professional Development
These Courses are open to all educators, including pre-service teachers, and other professionals. Advance registration is required. For more information call 206.548.2424, email or see the Education section of the zoo’s Web site:

Foundations of Inquiry

Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)

Course fee for 30 clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.

Registration due date: July 3, 2017

This course will engage participants in exploring the foundations of inquiry-based teaching and learning while gaining a new familiarity with Woodland Park Zoo as an informal science education setting. Through making observations on zoo grounds, developing comparative questions, devising investigations to answer those questions and communicating results, participants will experience the full process of inquiry and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. This type of first-hand, experiential learning encourages independent and critical thinking, increasing students’ awareness and concern for the local environment and its inhabitants. We will engage in activities that demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will discuss case studies that illustrate the use of inquiry to improve science learning and engage students/citizens as leaders in their communities.

Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. They will learn to develop a comparative question, design an inquiry‐driven scientific study, and develop their skills in scientific writing and research. Participants will come away with information and techniques for applying inquiry in classroom and informal education settings, developing inquiry skills in their audiences and assessing inquiry-based learning. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

Course: Wilderness First Aid
Sponsor: REI Outdoor School
Location: Bothell, WA
Dates: Sat, 15 Jul 2017 thru Sun, 16 Jul 2017
CPR Included: No
Minimum age: 16
$235 - REI Members
$265 - Non-MembersAbout the WFA

This two- or three-day introductory course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. More information

If you are using a WFA course to recertify a WAFA, WFR, or WEMT, please review our recertification policies to make sure you're eligible to re newyour certification.

Continuing Education Units
EMT CEUs not available

Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine credit not available

Category 1 CMEs for physicians not available

Central Wyoming College credit not available

1 semester credit available from University of Utah for an additional fee of $95

0.5 semester credits available from Western State Colorado University for an additional fee of $60


Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions

Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day)
Course fee for 30 clock hours/audit: $390 Woodland Park Zoo course fee. Fees cover zoo admission, materials, snacks and clock hours.
Registration due date: July 10, 2017

Get involved in conservation solutions in your own community and around the world! Participants in this course investigate environmental stewardship, research science and conservation opportunities and solutions in their local communities, practice inquiry-based learning, develop a conservation project to be used in their classroom or community, and reflect on ecological and carbon footprints.

Course participants will consider local and global conservation issues affecting wildlife, and then focus in on three major opportunities for educators and communities to take action: 1) reducing our carbon footprints to slow the impacts of climate change, 2) making sustainable consumer choices to conserve resources and support wildlife conservation, and 3) engaging in place-based education to understand and care for the natural world.

At the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of community-based conservation, with a particular emphasis on current issues facing local habitats in the communities where they live. Participants will also explore and begin to design stewardship strategies for empowering their own students or community members to generate solutions and take action. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.


Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard - Mount Rainier
Come spend a few lovely summer days at the park with US Geologic Survey scientists and park educators. The workshop will be a mix of content, curriculum activities, and field experiences. This workshop is designed for middle school teachers who teach about volcanoes, volcanic processes, products, and hazards. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the science of Cascade Volcanoes in general and the specifics of Mount Rainier volcano and the hazards associated with living in its shadow. Participating teachers will receive curriculum materials and additional resources to use with their students.


Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Dates: July 17, 2017, 9:00am to Friday, July 21, 2017, 5:00pm
Location: Alburquerque, NM
Cost: $325-700

What a better way to celebrate Earth Day (and the amazing show of support around the globe for the role of science in our lives) than to sign up for the Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Albuquerque this summer. With 27 workshops, 16 round table discussions, 2 plenaries, 2 poster sessions, one concluding town hall and more than 130 contributed presentations/teaching demonstrations, everyone who teaches about the Earth from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering will find ideas and activities of interest.

Nature-Based Preschool National Conference
Date: August 3-5, 2017
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Seattle, WA

Conference includes engaging sessions, diverse site tours, professional networking, and connecting with nature.



46th Annual NAAEE Conference in Puerto Rico
October 17-21, 2017

What is our vision for the field? How can we best build on the past 40+ years to create a more vibrant, inclusive, and effective field? How do we uphold the values that support a healthier, equitable, and more sustainable future for all?

Our 46th Annual Conference will look ahead to imagine the type of world we want and how our field can help us achieve our vision.

As has happened every 10 years since the first International Conference on Environmental Education in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1977, environmental education leaders and practitioners from around the world will meet to reflect on progress in the field, share best practices, and create a positive path forward.

We look forward to imagining the type of world we want to create with you in Puerto Rico.

Scholarships Due June 16. Apply at NAAEE website.

Place Based Education Conference
Dates: November 9-11, 2017
Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Organization: Great Lakes Stewardship Council

This three-day, one-of-a-kind event inspires and supports a community of thinkers and doers who see great promise inthe power of place-based learning. The conference provides a setting for sharing, networking, learning, and growing—all with a goal of helping young people discover, learn about, and improve their own communities and environments.

This conference offers:

Traveling dialogues - while visiting different community and school sites, we’ll use the "power of the place" to fuelintergenerational discussion about a key question
Nationally renowned keynote speaker

  • Dr. Carolyn Finney, professor of geography at University of Kentucky and author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
  • Dr. Roseanne Fortner, former Director of the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence [COSEE] Great Lakes
  • Julia Putnam, Principal and Co-Founder of the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit

Dragonfly Award Banquet - a recognition and celebration of an individual’s or organization’s contribution to place-based education
There’s something for everyone—including you!  Join us!

The 2017 Place-Based Education Conference is sponsored by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and hosted by the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition at Eastern Michigan University.

Thanks to an amazing partnership between EMU and the Washtenaw County Solid Waste Division, this will be a ZERO WASTE event!
This conference is a MUST for:
     - Formal and non-formal educators of any subject or grade level (K–16) who want to inspire students through meaningful, relevant learning experiences
     - School administrators who want to establish a curriculum and related instructional practices that focus on place and forge strong partnerships with the community
     - Staff of foundations, organizations, or community leaders interested in education, environmental stewardship, or youth/community development
     - Others who want to learn more about place-based education, environmental stewardship, and the Great Lakes region