Workshops for Educators

The Watershed Outreach and Education section offers a variety of programs to promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of natural resources, with an emphasis on water conservation.

ADEQ ecologist-educators travel around the state to present environmental stewardship workshops to formal and non-formal educators to encourage interactive lessons in their classroom settings. Participants receive free activity books. Staff will also present special focus sessions for interested communities or groups.

Participants are encouraged to dress casually and be prepared to join in the activities.

Most workshops are offered free of charge, although some overnight/extended workshops may require lodging fees (noted below as $$$).

Please note that a minimum of 15 participants is required for all workshops because of the interactive nature of the activities.

Eligible for 8 hours of professional development.
Participants learn hands-on teaching methods in an outdoor classroom, so this training is like a day at summer camp

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that presents a balanced approach to teaching children about forests, forestry, and the environment. It uses the forest as a "window" into the natural world, helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it.

PLT is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and in-service programs for teachers, foresters, park and nature center staff, and youth group leaders. PLT works in the city and the country, whether there is a forest or a single tree. It helps prepare students to make wise decisions about conservation practices and resource use.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students. The award-winning, NSTA-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 continues Project WET’s dedication to 21st-century, cutting-edge water education. Correlated to Common Core Standards and with correlations to Next Generation Science Standards underway, the Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.

Project WILD is an education program rooted in nature that helps educators bring the outdoors to their students. Free workshops matching state and national teaching frameworks offer valuable education and lesson plans about the natural world. Materials are available for teachers of any age group from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.
Each participant will receive three FREE curriculum guides containing hundreds of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities. Aquatic WILD guides are ONLY available by attending a workshop. Participants must stay for the full six-hour training in order to receive the curriculum guides and the six hours of professional development. No partial credit will be given.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), WOW (the Wonders of Wetlands), and Aquatic WILD are all award-winning environmental education programs. This workshop theme focuses on wetlands, which can be used as an integrating concept to teach science, math, reading, art, and social studies.

Eligible for 8 hours of professional development.

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in “A Sand County Almanac” by American forester and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Originally created by a Wisconsin high school science teacher, LEP uses Leopold's writings as a springboard for engaging students in natural science curriculum. The nonprofit conservation group Pheasants Forever adopted the curriculum in the early '90s, and LEP became the environmental education arm of the organization. Using their ties with chapter groups across the country, Pheasants Forever organized a robust network of state coordinators and facilitators that could bring the curriculum to teachers nationwide. Over the last twenty years, more than 15,000 educators have attended LEP workshops.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that presents a balanced approach to teaching children about forests, forestry, and the environment. It uses the forest as a "window" into the natural world, helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them, as well as their place within it.

PLT is a source of interdisciplinary instructional activities and provides workshops and in-service programs for teachers, foresters, park and nature center staff, and youth group leaders. PLT works in the city and the country, whether there is a forest or a single tree. It helps prepare students to make wise decisions about conservation practices and resource use.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students. The award-winning, NSTA-recommended Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 continues Project WET’s dedication to 21st-century, cutting-edge water education. Correlated to Common Core Standards and with correlations to Next Generation Science Standards underway, the Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 gives educators the tools they need to integrate water education into every school subject. The guide also includes numerous extensions for using the activities in pre-K environments. Featuring 64 field-tested activities, more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, and useful appendices with information on teaching methods, assessment strategies, and more, this guide is an essential classroom tool and an excellent resource for pre-service teachers.

Project WILD is an education program rooted in nature that helps educators bring the outdoors to their students. Free workshops matching state and national teaching frameworks offer valuable education and lesson plans about the natural world. Materials are available for teachers of any age group from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Special Focus Workshops

Interested in other workshops? We can provide workshops on a number of topics, including pharmaceuticals and water quality, Arkansas history, language arts, and stormwater, all following an overlying theme of watershed education. Contact one of our Project WET coordinators for more options.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

Receive training in Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) using topic selected activities from the Project WET guide. Workshop will include a guided tour of the wastewater treatment facility with emphasis on pharmaceuticals and personal care product compounds and their potential effects in our water bodies. Both the environmental and public health side of this issue will be covered. A guest speaker familiar with the drug take-back program in the community or state will also give a presentation and answer questions. Project WET teaches how to think, not what to think.

Each participant will receive the Project WET curriculum guide containing hundreds of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities FREE!!! Participants must stay for the full six-hour training in order to receive the curriculum guides and the six hours of PD. No partial credit will be given.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This FREE workshop shows how Arkansas rice farms not only provide an important food source for the U.S. and throughout the world but also play a valuable part in habitat conservation in our state. Arkansas’s managed rice fields and natural wetlands provide the single most important winter resting and foraging habitat for North America’s migratory waterfowl; they also help prevent erosion, control weeds, and protect soil nutrients. Guest speaker: Scott Manley, director of Conservation Innovation, Ducks Unlimited Inc.

Participants who attend the full workshop will receive free guides for Project WET and for WOW, the Wonders of Wetlands.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop focuses on history. Participants will receive FREE curriculum guides for all three components of the workshop (Aquatic WILD guides are available ONLY by attending a workshop.) These guides contain hundreds of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities. Participants must stay for the full six hours of training to receive the curriculum guides and the six hours of PD. No partial credit will be given.