Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center's Environmental Educator Training Option
The WRELC Environmental Educator Training Option provides an avenue for students to earn the EE Certificate, while gaining valuable teaching experience in environmental education. Wolf Ridge ELC is a nationally-respected and accredited K-12 school and residential environmental learning center, which immerses learners in nature exploration, cultural history, outdoor skills, team-building, and personal growth. Through this option, EE Certificate coursework is enhanced by the unique opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills being learned by serving as a naturalist and teacher in the residential school programs and through living in a small community of other environmental educators. Similar to the UMD campus version of the EE Certificate, this program can serve as a stand-alone, advanced-level training program, with completion of the 18 credits resulting in the Environmental Education Certificate. In addition, this Certificate is designed to interface with the Maser of Environmental Education Degree. If accepted into the graduate program, students can transfer up to 12 credits from the Certificate program toward their Master's degree, with approval of their graduate committee. Because of the shared coursework, Certificate students and Master of Environmental Education graduate students participate in several classes together.
Application to this WRELC Environmental Education Training Option for the EE Certificate is through Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center; you do not need to apply through Continuing Education at UMD. Once accepted into the WRELC Naturalist Training Program, you will then register for EE Certificate classes at UMD. Certificate courses through this WRELC option are taught by both UMD professors and WRELC staff.
For additional information, including application information, please visit the WRELC Environmental Educator Training website