Innovative Educators Institute


8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217

Join the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and Dr. Liz Rex, art education lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as we conduct a study of visionary art environments and the ideas that sprout from the locales in which they are created.

This year features special opportunities for early childhood educators with the staff from the arts-based Preschool at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Nature Preschool at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Get the most out of this one-of-a-kind learning experience that expands your horizons by giving you classroom-tested lesson plans and ideas to add to your library of resources.

Explore the nuances of art and nature education with this day hosted by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Shorewood, WI. Tour the Nature Preschool and see how a comprehensive early childhood education can develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking through storytelling, art making, interactions with artists and naturalists, sensory exploration, and more. Educators working with students over six years of age will explore STEAM concepts and how arts integration makes cross-curricular connections come alive. Using Lake Michigan as inspiration, everyone will have an opportunity to create a small, pewter casting in a hands-on workshop.

This class runs 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Price includes lunch and curriculum binder (early bird registration is already applied)

Art/education students receive 20% single days and the three-day package (early bird registration discount is already applied)

Scholarships are available! Contact Jen Balge at for information.

Additional Days:
July 25, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
July 26, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center




Registration Policy:
Early registration is advised as classes and camps can fill quickly. Classes without a minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date will be canceled. In the case of a cancellation, you will be notified a week in advance and will receive a full refund. Places are held only upon receipt of full tuition. Tuition is refundable to an Arts Center gift card minus a $15 processing fee per class up to seven days before a class is to begin. Tuition is nonrefundable after that time. Supplies and equipment costs are included in the tuition unless otherwise noted.


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. and Herzfeld Foundation.