How to participate in Friday Workshops 

  • Review options and make your selection on the registration form. 
  • Workshops are scheduled with various starting times. Be sure to plan for travel time to the meeting location. 
  • Fees will be paid directly to the Workshop Leader by check or cash on the day of the workshop (credit cards will not be accepted.) 

WKSP1 Project Learning Tree

1:00-4:00 PM
Fee: $10
Workshop Leader: Cyndi Chavez

Project Learning Tree is a nationally recognized environmental education curriculum. It utilizes all subjects to get students excited about trees and other aspects of the environment. Enhance your teaching skills and become comfortable teaching outdoors – in urban, suburban, or rural environments. In this three-hour workshop you will receive multi-disciplinary, hands-on lessons aligned with state and national academic standards. Put the materials to use right away in your own nature center, classroom, playground with youth K-8 and high school students.

Please note: In order to receive the PLT certificate participants will join a one-hour meet-up online prior to the conference (date and time to be determined). 

Meet at the Garden Deck just outside the Granhall room. Maximum number of participants is 18.

WKSP2 Project WILD

1:00-4:00 PM
Fee: $25 includes Project WILD curricular manual
Workshop Leader: Drath

Ready to go WILD? Obtain your certification in the Project WILD K-12 environmental education curriculum in this hands-on, interactive session. Prerequisite—participation in a 1-hour virtual training (date TBD) and completion of one hour of self-paced, on-line activities and readings.

Meet at the Garden Deck just outside the Granhall room. Maximum number of participants is 20

WSKP3 Project WET

12:30-3:30 PM
Fee: $5 includes Project WET Guide 2.0
Workshop Leader: Brown

Ready to get WET? Join us for a Project WET interactive workshop. You’ll walk away with your own copy of Project WET Guide 2.0 and ideas on how to apply WET activities indoors or out! Project WET is a nationally recognized environmental education curriculum. It uses water as an entry point for understanding the environment and presents a wide range of activities for all subjects using tested instructional methods. This hands-on, pre-conference workshop will expose participants to several of the activities, do a "splash through the guide" and explore ways they can integrate the content into their work or volunteer service.

Please note: A prerequisite 1.5-hour self-paced virtual training (date TBD).

Meeting place will be announced. The workshop may be conducted outdoors if conditions allow, but indoor space is available as needed. Maximum number of participants is 30


1:00-3:00 PM
Workshop Leader: Toy
Fee: Suggested $5 donation per person. 

Dive into Lake Tahoe’s only science center without getting wet! Explore the interactive exhibits, learn about the lake ecosystem, and why it's changing, and find out how you can keep Tahoe blue. When you visit the Tahoe Science Center, you learn the latest findings from the world-class UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), a global leader in research, education, and public outreach on Lakes. Includes a special tour of our North Tahoe Demonstration Garden and an opportunity to contribute soils data to our newest Citizen Science project comparing commercial soils and the use of biochar. Please wear appropriate footwear to accommodate the weather and a short (easy) walk to our adjacent garden.

Recommended: Reusable water bottle (filling station available). 

Meet at the Tahoe Science Center, 291 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451. Maximum number of participants is 45. 

WKSP5 Fibers of Being

1:00-3:30 PM
Workshop Leader: Kai La LaPena
Fee: $50 

Explore the natural cordage of indigenous California with Kai La Pena. This workshop will provide hands-on training for making cordage with indigenous plant materials and will allow participants to create wearable art to take home. 

Meeting location will be announced. Maximum number of participants is 30.

WKSP6 Consilient Theory: The art and science of ecological philosophy 

1:00-2:30 PM
Workshop Leader: Obi Kaufmann
Fee: $25

In his artful yet analytical books, Obi Kaufmann explores the transformation of California’s resource landscape from its ancient origins through its modern challenges to its future possibilities. Through the parsing of what he calls Ecological Philosophy, Obi employs literature and poetry, the history of the physical sciences, and indigenous-traditional ecological knowledge to present the rhetorical and epistemological theories of Consilience (the marriage of science and art), Aesthetics (the transmission of meaning through media), and Complexity (the functional description of emergent phenomena). Join Obi Kaufmann for this workshop to explore Consilient theory in an informal small group setting. 

Meeting location TBA. Maximum number of participants is 20. 

WKSP7 Trees of Tahoe

1:30-3:30 PM
Workshop Leader: Susie Kocher, Forestry Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

Join Forestry Advisor, Susie Kocher, for a walk around the Granlibakken to learn more about the trees of the region. This leisurely two-hour walk will start from the Garden Deck outside the Granhall and will follow trails in and around the property. Participants will learn more about the common trees found in the area and the wildlife you might find in and around them. 

Meet at the Garden Desk outside the Granhall. Maximum number of participants is 35.