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Earn your Environmental Educator Certification in Earth WELLNESS Training

2022 time and dates coming soon.

Wisconsin Environmental Literacy and Leadership for Naturalists, Educators, Students and Society

This new professional development opportunity is for naturalists, PK-12 educators, and students alike; anyone who takes interest in teaching about the natural world.  This program will empower you to give nature lessons and discuss environmental issues.  It is also designed to help teachers focus on integrating the 2018 Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability into your lesson plans as you help learners connect, explore, and engage in the world around them.

In addition to increasing your knowledge and gaining new approaches to teaching, you will practice methods to better advocate for the protection of natural resources.  Daily field trips to local natural areas will bring you in contact with experts on topics including plant and animal identification, ecosystem interconnections, ecological geology, habitat assessment, and threats to biodiversity including habitat destruction, invasive species, air and water pollution, overexploitation, and climate change.  In response to these issues, we’ll also explore energy efficiency, environmental activism, responding to science denial, ecological grief, and much more.

Earth WELLNESS Training is funded by UW Oshkosh’s Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT) and the workshops are free unless taken for credit.  Upon completion of this 40-hour training you will receive an Environmental Educator certificate in Earth WELLNESS Training.*

  • Cost: Free!!
  • Where:Based at UW Oshkosh with field trips to nearby nature areas.
  • Physical exertion: Field trips will require each participant to hike up to 2 miles on rough or uneven ground daily. Appropriate footwear is required.
  • HousingDormitory housing is available at UW Oshkosh for a nominal fee
  • Graduate credit (optional):  Sec Ed 715 “Current Trends in Curriculum and Instruction” (2 cr.) (tuition: $300)

*Environmental Education statutory requirement PI 34.022(2): Completing the WELLNESS Workshop satisfies the Department of Public Instruction requirement for “Environmental education, including the conservation of natural resources, for licenses in early childhood regular education, elementary and middle school regular education, science, and social studies.”


Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations


UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall