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Wisconsin Green Schools Network

Engaging the rock-skipping, frog-catching spirit that lives in each of us

F.I.E.L.D. Corps

Fostering Inquiry and Engaging Learners through Discovery


Wisconsin Green Schools Network’s (WGSN) mission is to:

Connect with educators to explore natural and cultural systems and engage learners for thriving individuals and communities.


WGSN is a committee of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and supports the Federation’s mission of conservation through education. Since 2008, WGSN has supported more than 50 schools and hundreds of educators to implement the F.I.E.L.D. Corps (Fostering Inquiry and Engaging Learners Through Discovery) model rooted in place-based environmental education. F.I.E.L.D. Corps educators design and facilitate learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that engage students in meaningful, real-world investigations..


What does F.I.E.L.D. Corps look like?

F.I.E.L.D. Corps is delivered through professional development, coaching, and technical assistance.

  1. Professional development takes the form of workshops, online modules, and other events for early childhood through post-secondary classroom teachers and non-formal educators. These workshops often serve as the first introduction to the F.I.E.L.D. Corps model.
  2. Coaching is an in-depth approach where WGSN staff work side-by-side with teachers in and outside of their classroom to co-plan, co-teach, and co-reflect for long-term instructional change.
  3. Coaches can also provide technical assistance for school design, coherence models, curriculum frameworks, websites, and more.  


How is F.I.E.L.D. Corps funded?

WGSN receives private foundation support, state and federal grants, event sponsorships, program registration, and service contracts of more than $250,000 annually through partnerships with organizations such as the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, EPA EE program, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools, and individual schools. WWF receives an administrative fee based on a percentage of all revenue.

2018 F.I.E.L.D. Corps in Review:

  • Reached more than 70 teachers and impacted over 1,500 students across 11 schools in diverse districts across the state through F.I.E.L.D. Corps
  • Expanded services for early childhood educators
  • Trained 509 educators in Project WILD and 242 in Project WET
  • Supported learning for over 389,000 visitors to our Environmental Education for Kids website (
  • Provided resources for Wisconsin teachers, non-formal educators, and community members through, reaching over 28,000 visitors this year

F.I.E.L.D. Corps School Partners:

  1. 21st Century Prep School, Racine
  2. Adams-Friendship Elementary School, Adams County
  3. Aldo Leopold Community School, Green Bay
  4. Amery High School, Amery
  5. Badger Rock Middle School, Madison
  6. Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland
  7. Crestwood Elementary School, Madison
  8. Discovery Charter School, Columbus
  9. Denmark Community School, Denmark
  10. Escuela Verde Charter School, Milwaukee
  11. Fox River Academy, Appleton
  12. Fox West Academy, Hortonville
  13. Hartland School of Community Learning, Hartland
  14. Hawley Elementary, Milwaukee
  15. Highland Community School District, Highland
  16. High Marq Environmental Charter School, Montello
  17. Island City Academy, Cumberland
  18. Ladysmith High School, Ladysmith
  19. Mt. Horeb Elementary School, Mt. Horeb
  20. NorthStar Community Charter School, Minong
  21. Northern Hills Elementary School, Onalaska
  22. Northern Waters Environmental School, Hayward
  23. Paul Olson Elementary School, Madison
  24. S.A.G.E.S. (School for Agriculture and Environmental Studies), Fox Lake
  25. Solon Springs Elementary/Middle School, Solong Springs
  26. South Shore Elementary School, Port Wing
  27. Spring Harbor Middle School, Madison
  28. Wequiock Elementary School, Green Bay
  29. Wildlands School, Fall Creek

WGSN F.I.E.L.D. Corps Team:

Sandy Benton

Co-Founder and Director of School Services

Julie Jarvis

Director of Early Childhood

Emma Keese

Program Support and Communications Specialist

Ruth Ann Lee

Project WET and Project WILD State Coordinator

(608) 635-0600

Victoria Rydberg

Co-Founder and Chair

Cheryl Schnell

Co-Founder and Vice-Chair

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