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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 Based Activities When It’s Cold Outside 

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Register: Email Amy Paulsen  
Notes: This workshop is free, but registration is required.
Certification: Project Learning Tree’s Early Experiences 

Description: Join Keep Omaha Beautiful and KidSquad for a free virtual workshop! It's getting cold outside, but don't let that stop you from providing nature-based activities for your littles! Research shows that spending time in nature promotes relaxation and helps to relieve anxiety and stress. So step outside. Relax. Use the nature all around you to provide hands-on education for young children. This online class (via Zoom) will focus on activities from the award-winning environmental-based curriculum, Project Learning Tree (PLT). Workshop participants will learn activities to engage young learners in nature play throughout the seasons. Every participant will receive a PLT Early Experiences curriculum book and 1.5 in-service hours. This professional development workshop is great for early childhood educators, daycare providers, preschool teachers, homeschoolers, and parents.  


Sustainable Steps for Little Learners: Teaching Sustainability through Outdoor Nature Play

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 16 from 1-2:30pm OR from 7-8:30pm
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Registration Links: 1:00-2:30pm Workshop Registration, or 7:00-8:30pm Workshop Registration
Notes: There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.
Certification: Project Wild’s Growing Up Wild

Description: 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 Nebraska Extension for a workshop focused on simple, practical activities you can incorporate into your daily routines to engage young children in sustainable practices. The session will focus on activities from the nationally-recognized environmental science program, "Growing Up Wild," and will also help you integrate nature play into your seasonal activities. At this workshop, participants will receive: 1.5 in-service hours, a curriculum guide full of additional lessons and activities, and tips for incorporating sustainability into everyday practices at your preschool/daycare.


Nature Play through the Seasons: Growing Up WILD

Date & Time: Thursday, March 3 from 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Register: Early Learning Connection Registration Page
Notes: There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required.
Certification: Project Wild’s Growing Up Wild

Description: 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, "Growing Up Wild," 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, tips and tricks for incorporating nature play into everyday practices at your preschool/daycare.


Save the Date!

Information for these professional-development workshops will be posted soon:
April 2 - Project Wet at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
May 7 - Teaching Nature Play with Project Wild & Project Learning Tree


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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