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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

Nature Play through the Seasons: Project Learning Tree

  • Date & Time: Thursday, November 10th from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Location: Virtual (Zoom)
  • Registration Link: Early Learning Connection (*There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.)
  • Certification: Project Learning Tree’s Early Experiences
  • Description: It's getting cold outside, but don't let that stop you from providing nature-based activities for your littles! Research shows that nature-based activities improve children’s behavior, academic achievement, social skills, health, and physical development. This workshop will focus on activities from the nationally-recognized environmental science program, "Project Learning Tree," and help you integrate nature play into your daily/weekly routines. At this workshop, participants will receive: 1.5 in-service hours, a curriculum guide full of additional lessons and activities, and tips for incorporating nature play into seasonal practices at your preschool/daycare. Anyone is welcome to participate, but this workshop is designed for educators who work with children ages 1-5 years at daycare centers, preschools, and at-home day care settings.

If interested in attending a public workshop or setting up a private workshop, call 402-444-7780 or email

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