Professional Development


    Reflecting on Practice: Coaching Workshop
    May 15-17 2018
    Cost: $250
    Location: San Francisco
    California Academy of Sciences

    Costs includes a take-home binder, meals during the workshop, and follow-up support. 

    We highly recommend sending 2 or more people from your organization to this workshop.

    We are pleased to offer a Reflecting on Practice Coaching Workshop, designed by educational researchers from Lawrence Hall of Science and led in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences. Reflecting on Practice is a modular professional learning program, specifically designed for informal educators, environmental educators, and interpreters.

    The workshop familiarizes leaders with a nationally field-tested curriculum for advancing informal education, and building an organizational culture of reflective practice and incorporating research on learning into everyday work experiences.

    During this workshop, you will (a) experience portions of the modular curriculum as a learner, (b) reflect on and problem solve for barriers related to shifting organizational culture, and (c) develop a personalized implementation plan for your own site. You will receive a curriculum binder, a book on coaching teams, and some follow-up support after the workshop is complete.

    Wilderness Medicine
    Dates: June 5-6, 2018
    Organization: NOLS
    Location: Leavensworth, WA

    Also: June 16-17 in Silverdale, WA Or, July 18-19 in Woodinville...more at NOLS

    Cost: $245

    About WFA

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

    This course is great for people of all experience levels, and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner (fewer than eight hours). You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors, and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions.

    You'll learn both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments!

    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


    Pacific Northwest Wilderness Stewardship Skills Training

    Organization: Mt. Adams Institute
    Dates: June 8th – 10th

    Location: Trout Lake, WA

    The Wilderness Act was established by Congress in 1964 to preserve the wilderness character of specific areas for the benefit of current and future generations. The goal of this training is to build a community of wilderness stewards to help care for these special places.

    Participants have the opportunity to choose one of the following five training modules: Wilderness Skills Introduction, Visitor Contacts, Wilderness Monitoring, Wilderness Restoration, and Primitive Field Skills. Each module offers over two days of skills development and experience that gives participants the tools and knowledge to become better stewards. Experienced Wilderness Rangers and Wilderness Stewards from all over the Pacific Northwest come to this event to instruct the modules.

    Spaces available for this training are limited. Please apply by April 6th for priority registration. Due to space limitations, not all who apply are guaranteed a spot. Applicant participation will be confirmed by April 20th.


    Project WET Training for Snohomish, King and Camano Island teachers

    Organization: Snohomish Conservation District
    Date: June 25, 2018
    Location: Brightwater 22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA

    Workshop Highlights:

    • Take a guided tour of the Brightwater Treatment Facility.
    • Receive hands-on demos to become trained in Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Curriculum.
    • Take home the Project WET 2.0 curriculum guidebook (with hundreds of lessons) and gain exclusive access to the online teacher portal - full of resources that you can use in your classroom. 
    • Get connected with your local Conservation District and learn about local initiatives to protect waterways and Puget Sound.

    Eligibility: Snohomish, King and Camano Island teachers
    Register online:

    Foundations of Inquiry

    Organization: Woodland Park Zoo
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Dates: Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13, 2018 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Registration: Online registration opens March 1, 2018
    Registration due dates: March 30, 2018 (for those taking the course for credit); July 2, 2018 (for all others).

    Course fee for 3 graduate credits: $1,425 Miami University / Woodland Park Zoo course fee covers the cost of credit and course administration for 3 graduate semester credits, including zoo admission, materials and snacks.

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

    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, creating scientific investigations and communicating results, participants will experience the full inquiry process and will learn how to facilitate this process with their audiences. Course activities will demonstrate the applications of inquiry in the classroom, on zoo grounds, in the schoolyard and other outdoor settings. We will also discuss case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of inquiry in improving science learning and engaging people as leaders in their communities. Through this course, participants will develop the investigation, critical reflection, and collaboration skills needed to lead and assess inquiry‐driven learning for diverse communities. Those participants taking the course for credit will complete web-based coursework from late May through early August.

    Northwest Wildlife Conservation: Restoring Habitats and Species in Washington's Northwest Coast Ecoregion
    , Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10, 2018
    Course fee for 30 STEM clock hours/audit: $705  (off-site course see details)

    Next Gen Science @ Woodland Park Zoo, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    Course fee for 6 STEM clock hours/audit: $78

    Farmer Frog EXTERNSHIPS For teachers

    Organization: Farmer Frog
    Dates: July 10-13, July 17-20, 2018

    Farmer Frong offers summer externships for teachers who want to earn summer clock hours. Participants spend two weeks at our school gardens and farm sites. As they work with our families and urban farmer educators, they experience Farmer Frog’s SOIL to STEM model and see how school gardens can be integrated into an individual school’s curriculum to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEM/STEAM).

    Teachers can earn at least 56 clock hours.

    Subjects we cover include:

    • using the ecosystem as a partner
    • crops for shade and sun, summer and winter
    • seeds and the meaning of GMO, hybrid, cloned, and heirloom
    • intensive gardening, companion planting, polyculture, underplanting, and overseeding...

    Systems Thinking: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Leading and Learning

    July 24 @ 8:00 am–July 26 @ 4:00 pm PDT

    Organization: The Waters Foundation
    Location: Puget Sound ESD, Renton WA
    Cost: $599

    Objectives: This three-day workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking Habits, concepts and tools that can be directly applied to leadership development, organizational learning and district and school improvement.

    Participants will:

    • Learn and be able to apply the 14 Habits of a Systems Thinker.
    • Increase understanding of how mental models are developed over time and how to productively utilize the diverse perspectives people hold about systems of interest.
    • Identify the causal interdependencies that influence the behavior of complex systems and use that deeper understanding to effectively identify leverage actions.
    • Develop insights about short-term, long-term and unintended consequences of decisions and actions.
    • Each create a plan to apply systems thinking to the achievement of workplace goals

    Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops

    Organization: Community Based Social Media
    Date: October 22-25, 2018
    Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA
    Cost: $545-1,161

    The cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities is behavior change. Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses engage in diverse actions, such as reducing waste, increasing water and energy efficiency, altering transportation habits, and protecting native species. Healthy lifestyles require individuals to make smart food choices, exercise, avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure, and engage in a myriad of other actions.

    Research demonstrates, however, that the traditional approach of using ads, brochures or websites to encourage behavior change simply doesn’t work. A new approach, community-based social marketing, is now being used effectively in numerous programs across the globe. We invite you to attend a workshop with the founder of community-based social marketing, Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, as the training provided will fundamentally change the way you think about program delivery.

    To register