Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center provides educational opportunities to youth, youth leaders, and adults through programs focused on environmental and 
leadership education.

Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The center sits on a prime location on the Wisconsin River, two miles north of the Wisconsin Dells, offering an excellent “river classroom” to study both the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin. The center rests on 310 total acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island called “Blackhawk Island.” The facility consists of 14 buildings including a fully equipped nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey. The center supplies lodging for 200 people, meals, and outdoor education year-round for youth and youth leaders, including environmental lesson plans, summer camp programming, leadership workshops and other conferences. Upham Woods employs four full time administrative staff and five full-time seasonal teaching naturalists.

Water Quality Monitoring Workshop and Educator Training: March 12th-13th, 2018

On March 12th, 2018, Upham Woods hosted an environmental education workshop and training event featuring citizen science water quality monitoring techniques and DOTS technology. This water quality workshop brought together attendees from across Wisconsin with a shared interest in broadening access to environmental education through water quality monitoring. Participants included STEM teachers, camp facilitators, master naturalists, extension agents, and environmental specialists from a variety of organizations. The workshop featured water quality data collection, guest presentations on water issues in Wisconsin, and skills for sharing outdoor environmental education with all learners. Many educators talked about using the kits with their own organizations; workshop attendees have already submitted lending requests for DOTS + Water Quality Tools from Upham Woods. We are looking forward to collaborating with our new partners to educate and empower new water quality stewards across the state!

To read more about this recent event, click here.

For more information about the EPA Water Quality Monitoring Project, see our EPA Water Quality Monitoring page or email Justin Hougham at justin.hougham@ces.uwex.edu.

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 Adaptive Tools At Upham Woods

Assist Wisconsin, a non-profit organization from Wisconsin Dells has partnered with Upham Woods to bring a new adaptive kayak with two extra pontoons and a grip assist paddle, along with a hand pedaled off road tricycle for hiking around camp.  If you have any campers with disabilities who are on the fence about coming to camp, these tools can be the difference by turning obstacles into opportunities.  If you would like to use these tools for your counties trip, please email uphamwoods@ces.uwex.edu one week prior to your groups visit.

Adaptive Tools

Adaptive Tools


Quick Links

Check out our monthly newsletter series “Woods Writing”, visit our public programs page, or view our Blog to learn about recent and upcoming events!

Interested in bringing a group to Upham Woods?  Plan your visit today!

Would you like to be a part of the Upham Woods team?  Learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities.

Have you enjoyed your time at Upham Woods?  Consider donating to support future programs and opportunities.  Thank you for your support!

Upham Woods is part of University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H and Youth Development

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