Woodland School Courses
Saturday, March 2
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI Cost: $100 ($110 non-members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford has many years of experience teaching chainsaw safety classes and is qualified to meet the needs and experience levels of individuals and companies. Nathan is trained as a C-certifier (Advanced Sawyer Certification) for Regions 8 & 9 U.S. Forest Service.
Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29
Learn about the fire ecology, fire behavior principles, and how to plan for using fire in managing prairie and savanna ecosystems. You will operate basic fire management tools, learn to prepare a fire unit, and weather permitting conduct a prescribed fire. This course will not prepare participants to serve as a burn boss or conduct burns on their own. Register here.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo. Cost: $90 ($100 non-members).
Instructors: Steve Swenson – Has been serving as the ecologist for the Aldo Leopold Foundation since 1999. Steve has 10 years of experience conducting prescribed burns on private land covering a range of habitats from oak woodland to open prairie. Steve has attended the NWCG S-130, S-190, I-100 (fire fighter type 2 training). Steve received his Bachelor’s degree (1995) in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a Master’s degree (1999) in Plant Ecology from The Ohio State University.
Alanna Koshollek – Serves as the stewardship coordinator at the Aldo Leopold Foundation. She began her prescribed burn experience in 2001 through the UWSP prescribed burn crew and continued gaining experience when taking the position with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in 2005. Alanna has attended the NWCG S-130, S-190, I-100 (firefighter type 2 training), S-131 firefighter type 1 training, S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, S-390 Introduction to Fire Behavior Calculations, S-234 Ignition Operations, and L-280 Fireline Leadership. She earned a B.S. degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Ecosystem Management and Restoration with a Conservation Biology Minor from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and has a Masters in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from UWSP.
Leann Wolthusen - Leann is in her second year of internship with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and will be assisting in instructing Introduction to Prescribed Burning. This will be her second fire season.
Jeannine Richards - Jeannine is the currently the communications coordinator at the foundation, but she started out working with the land stewardship crew. She has been assisting with prescribed burns for ten years and has attended the NWCG S-130, S-190, I-100 (firefighter type 2 training) and S-131 firefighter type 1 training. She will be helping to instruct the field portion of the class.
Saturday, April 13
You don’t have to own a farm to be a farmer! Tina Lupiezowiec, owner of Goin’ Lupi and eccentric urban farmer will demonstrate how anybody living anywhere can grow fresh food naturally and sustainably right in their own backyard. Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out, this class will cover topics from gardening basics and raised bed construction to composting tips and tricks, rainwater collection systems, and companion planting and interplanting techniques to naturally attract beneficial insects to your gardens and foster complementary relationships between neighboring plants. Register here.
Saturday, May 11
Learn from Sam Thayer, renowned author and forager and internationally recognized authority on edible wild plants how to confidently identify, harvest and prepare wild plants in a variety of landscapes from prairies to forests. You’ll experience first-hand how the craft of foraging has been connecting people and nature for centuries. Sorry, this course is full.
Time: 9am – 3pm. Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo. Cost: $50 ($55 non-members)
Instructor: Samuel Thayer, Wisconsin Native, National Wild Foods Hall of Famer and Author of Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden. Visit his website for more information.
Saturday, June 8
The benefits of native plants for landscaping range from low-maintenance, hardiness, educational, environmentally-friendly, and not to mention, beautiful! Come learn from the landscape designer who designed the Leopold Center’s gardens how native plants are being used and how you can use native plants in your landscaping. This is a great opportunity to talk with an expert about your plans and designs for using native plants in your landscaping! Register here.
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo.
Cost: $20 ($25 non-members) *Sign up for both June 8 workshops and save! $35 for members and $45 for non-members* Class Limit: 25
Saturday, June 8
Wondering what the tiny seedlings in your prairie will be when they grow up? Have trouble telling grasses apart? Don’t know your goldenrods as well as you’d like to? We will help you build a toolbox of tips and tricks that will help you to distinguish even the most similar prairie flowers and grasses. As we walk around several prairie restorations, we will look at plants of different life stages, from seedling to adult, and we will discuss the soil and water conditions that favor certain types of grassland communities. Register here.
Time: 1pm – 4pm. Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo.
Cost: $20 ($25 non-members)
*Sign up for both June 8 workshops and save! $35 for members and $45 for non-members* Class Limit: 25
Saturday, November 9
Thinking about installing trails on your property, but don’t know where to put them? Let an expert help! Tim Malzhan from the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) will provide you with basic information you need to know to install trails that are both sustainable and reduce erosion. Other topics covered will include trail layout and design, site analysis, measuring techniques and basic construction. The course will finish with a hike around the Leopold Center to discuss current trail conditions and recommendations. Happy Trails!