Environmental education has a unique opportunity to strengthen a student’s experience with the outdoors. Incorporating observational field studies, climate science, long term ecological studies, and even cutting edge technology into current environmental education curricula will stand to enliven the existing opportunities inherent in fostering a student’s outdoor leadership, conservation, and genuine exploration of the natural world.

This site offers new and innovative techniques, lesson plans, studies, and research to help bolster any environmental education curriculum.

Upcoming Grant Kickoff Meeting

Upham Woods will host collaborators and partners on January 11-12, 2017 to begin a recently awarded grant from the EPA. Upham and their partners have been awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Local Grant Program (Grant number: EPA-00E02045) to support two years of DOTS implementation with a focus on local water quality in collaboration with Escuela Verde and Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, the School District of La Crosse, and the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation of Northland College. Collaborators will gather at Upham this January to familiarize themselves with the existing DOTS tools and new water quality enhancements, learn about the new data collection and online visualization tools, give feedback on the resources that have been made so far, and to plan out the next two years of grant implementation. To learn more about this Kickoff Event and what the grant entails, please check out the flier, here.

NEW! EE in Wisconsin Video

“Find Environmental Education in Your Community,” a video project made possible by North American Association of Environmental Educators, Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Wisconsin-Extension. Check out the video here.

New Value of a Tree How-To Videos 

Please view our newest video guides on “Value of a Tree Tools: How-To” at the Upham Woods YouTube Channel. These tools include an increment borer, DBH tape. a forestry clinometer, and a homemade clinometer.

Increment Borer

DBH Tape

Forestry ClinometerHomemade Clinometer





Summer 2016 DOTS exploration:The Islands of Trinidad and Tobago

In July 2016, members of UWEX Faculty and Staff joined educators from Omaha, NE on their journey to understanding the Caribbean island country of Trinidad and Tobago. Using DOTS pedagogies and digital tools, the data they collected helped inform their inquiries regarding the flora, fauna, climate, geologic past, and cultural presence as they explored coral reefs, rainforests, and everything in between. Catch up on the summer’s data collection and questions that have arose from their experiences here.

University Place Video

Check out this video on the Wisconsin Public Television – University Place website! Justin Hougham details many  components of the (Digital Observation Technology Skills) DOTS program, including the pedagogy and considerations behind the program.


DOTS Kit How-To Videos

Please view our newest videos on the “DOTS Kit: How-To” YouTube Channel. The videos available explain how to use the Infrared Thermometer, the Garmin GPS, the Fluke Thermal Imager, the Kestrel 2000, and the Digital Microscope and iPad. More videos are coming soon, so please subscribe to our DOTS – Digital Observation Technology Skills channel in order to stay updated as each video is released!

 Kintrexfluke thermal imagerGarmin GPS Kestrel 2000 Stock Photo            Digital microscope