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Teacher Environmental Education Certification

Research has shown that well-integrated, nature-based educational activities can improve children’s academic achievement, behavior, well-being, and physical development. In light of this and to help teachers effectively educate and inspire their students to be knowledgeable and committed stewards of the environment, we offer professional development workshops that train and certify educators in three of the most well-respected environmental education curricula: Project Learning Tree, Project WET, & Project WILD.

Certification Courses

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows into the world.

Project WET

Project WET’s mission is to promote awareness of water and empower community action to solve complex water issues by providing training workshops on diverse water topics so that educators can reach children with objective, experiential, science-based water education.

Project WILD

The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

The following information applies to all teacher environmental education certification courses offered by Keep Omaha Beautiful:

  • Participants include early childhood educators and K-12 teachers. 
  • Courses are offered at little to no cost to participants (*at times there may be an upfront registration fee that is reimbursed upon completion of the training). 
  • Through these workshops, participants become certified in the respective environmental education curriculum and gain the knowledge and hands-on experiences to help them engage their young learners in environmental education activities. 
  • Participants will receive a curriculum guide full of lesson plans and activities (that align with academic standards) that can be used in outdoor and indoor settings throughout the entire year. 
  • As certified environmental educators, participants are also granted online access to additional resources. 
  • KOB provides ongoing support to help educators fully integrate environmental education into their teaching.
Upcoming Course Offerings

Sustainable Steps for Little Learners: Teaching Sustainability through Outdoor Nature Play
A 3-Part Professional Development Series!
Dates & Times: Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm on August 25, September 22, and October Date (TBD)
Location: IN-PERSON - Location varies by date
Register:
 KeepOmahaBeautiful.org/workshop-registration 
Notes: Attend one, two, or all three sessions! There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.

Teaching young children about sustainability is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn empathy and responsibility while relating to the natural world around them! Join Keep Omaha Beautiful and the Nebraska Extension for a series of workshops focused on simple, practical activities you can incorporate into your daily routines to engage young children in sustainable practices. You can join one, two, or all three workshops in this series. Each session will focus on activities from a different, nationally-recognized environmental science program.

At each workshop, participants will receive:
•    1.5 in-service hours
•    A curriculum guide full of additional lessons and activities (a different guide each session)
•    Experience participating in hands-on activities to engage kids in nature play

Register Here >

Session Details: 

WED August 25, 6:30 to 8:00pm

  • Location: Heron Haven (11809 Old Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68164)
  • Project WET activities
  • Benefits of nature play and tips/tricks to make it easier with your littles

WED September 22, 6:30 to 8:00pm

  • Location:  Douglas-Sarpy County Nebraska Extension (8015 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124)
  • Growing Up Wild activities
  • Integrating nature play regularly with seasonal activities

OCT DATE - TBD, 6:30 to 8:00pm

  • Location: Douglas-Sarpy County Nebraska Extension (8015 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124)
  • Project Learning Tree activities
  • What is sustainability and why should we teach it to littles?

If interested in attending a public workshop or setting up a private workshop, call 402-444-7780 or email Hannah.Rennard-Ganley@cityofomaha.org.

Thank you to our Trees for Omaha program sponsors

 

 

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