Resources: Training and Events

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We offer a variety of professional development to support teachers and volunteers using their outdoor classroom. Regional trainings, summits, and conferences are open to all School Forest participants and are usually FREE.

Regional Summit Series

The School Forest Regional Summits are coming to a location near you! These regional summits will provide resources, knowledge, and skills to help coordinators, maintenance staff, and dedicated volunteers manage your School Forest for years to come. Creating a safe and effective outdoor classroom is important, so get your crew signed up for these region-specific trainings!

Who should attend:

  • District or school maintenance staff
  • Site coordinators
  • Committee members
  • Dedicated volunteers

Region-Specific topics may include:

  • Trail development and maintenance
  • How to assess risk and spot hazards
  • Pruning skills
  • Invasive species management
  • Forester Q & A
  • Service-learning ideas and more!

Cost is Free!
Lunch, snacks, and CEU certificates provided.
Sub stipends available.

NW Region Summit

March 14, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Pine River-Backus School Forest, Pine River
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Central Region Summit

May 3, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
McColl Pond Learning Center, Savage
Register Now

Northeast Region and
Southern Region Summits

Stay Tuned!
Locations: TBD
Fall 2018



Workshop trainig in a school forestSchool Forest Workshop »

Free, site-specific School Forest workshop. Delivered at your site, just for your teachers. Designed to meet your needs. Never canned; always fresh.

Events Calendar

08/01/17 - 12/29/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Online Course

08/02/17 - 12/31/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT K-8 online course and e-book

09/22/17 - 12/29/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT GreenSchools Workshop (Service-learning)

11/21/17 - 12/31/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT Treemendous Science K-2 E-Unit and online course

11/21/17 - 12/31/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT Energy in Ecosystems Gr. 3-5 E-Unit and online course

11/21/17 - 12/31/18

Your computer (online workshop)

PLT Carbon and Climate Gr.6-8 E-Unit and online course


Minn. Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington

PLT K-8 Workshop - FREE*


Children's Country Day Farm School, Mendota Heights

PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood - WORKSHOP IS FULL


Rochester Community and Technical College

PLT K-8 Workshop


Ney Nature Center, Henderson (Le Sueur County)

PLT K-8 Workshop - only $10


Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

PLT Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood - free

06/21/18 - 06/22/18

Whitewater State Park

The River Starts Here: A Water Workshop for Educators

* Event is open to ALL school forest teachers