WAEE Bulletin -January 2014

WAEE Bulletin

January 2014

January 24-26, 2014
at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Register by the end of the day today (the 15th) to avoid the late fee

This year the Winter Workshop Program is awesome!

Join the state organization as they host their annual professional development and networking workshop in Tomahawk, WI.  Enhance your portfolio, share your skills, expand your knowledge, and help enhance environmental education in Wisconsin. Be a part of this amazing workshop by sharing your work with others. 
Workshop Theme: Survival or Revival

Survival:  How do you survive winter?  How does Nature survive winter?  What great survival stories related to EE do you have to share? What can you do to help your organization survive (grant writing, garnering community support, etc.)?  What adaptations have helped your EE programs survive and prosper?
Revival:  What revives you about winter?  How do you stay sharp and focused?  What techniques do you have to help infuse new life into a program?  What new ideas would you like to share?



January 24-26, 2014

WAEE Winter Workshop
at Treehaven

Register through the end of today to avoid the late fee!

February 11th, 2014

Conservation Lobby Day

February 15th, 2014

WEEB grant applications due by February 15th!

Call for Presenters for the 2014 Annual Conference due February 15th!

February 24th, 2014 9:00-3:00

FREE Workshop for Green and Health School Educators
North Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland

August 13-15, 2014
WAEE Annual Conference 
in Stevens Point, WI 



Save The Date

WAEE Annual Conference August 13-15 2014.
The annual conference will be a collaborative effort between WAEE and Green and Healthy Schools.

Call for presenters! Due by February 15th, 2014
This year’s conference theme is “40 Years of Collaboration.”
Share your success story of collaboration related to:
  • Increasing Environmental & Sustainability Literacy
  • Reducing Environmental Impact & Costs
  • Improving Health & Wellness

KEEP courses for Spring 2014
NRES 630 Energy Education in the Classroom
Energize your classroom! Through hands-on activities and class discussions learn how you can enhance students' understanding of what energy is, where it comes from, and how it affects their lives. 

  • Madison: March 18, 20, 25 and 27
  • Appleton: April 11, 12, & 13
NRES 631 Exploring Energy Education through STEM
Build your leadership and teacher networks through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) energy education. The hands-on STEM activities presented in this course spiral around the topic of energy and have not been modeled in previous KEEP courses. 
  • Stevens Point: April 8, 10, & 12
NRES 632 Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom
This course offers renewable energy hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students' understanding of renewable energy. 
  • Montello (NEW hybrid format): February  14 -28 Online, March 1 8:00 AM -4:00 PM, March 2-14 Online
  • Wausau: June 16, 17, & 19
  • Wauwatosa (with a K-4 Focus): July 15 & 17
NRES 634 School Building Energy Efficiency Education
Know the flow of energy in your school building! This course focuses on evaluating the energy use in school buildings and guiding K-12 school staff towards utilizing the school building as a learning tool for energy education. NRES 634 is only open to faculty, staff, and building & grounds personnel in the school district(s) being targeted because it is specific to each district's energy goals. If you are interested in an NRES 634 course in your district please completethe NRES 634 Course Request Form.
  • Stevens Point: February 27, March 6, 13, & 20
  • Milwaukee: March 17, 19, 24, & 26
  • Glendale: April 7, 9, 28, & 30
  • Oregon: August 18 & 19

Spring 2014 Continuing Education Courses
EDUC 726, 3 Cr., Jan. 21-May 9 
Models of Teaching and Learning
NRES 540, 1 Cr., Jan. 19-Mar.1 
Essential Concepts in Education for Sustainability
NRES 558, 1 Cr., Feb. 10-Mar.7 
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
NRES 616, 3 Cr., Jan. 21-May 16 
Urban EE
NRES 701, 1 Cr., Jan. 23-Apr.20 
Environmental Education Theory & Practice
NRES 720 Sec. 88, 1 Cr., Jan. 21-Feb. 28 
PR in NR: Stakeholder Involvement
NRES 720 Sec. 881, 1 Cr. Mar. 3-Apr. 11 
PR in NR: Conflict Resolution
NRES 720 Sec. 882, 1 Cr., Apr. 14-May 23 
PR in NR: Social Marketing
NRES 751, 3 Cr., Jan. 23-Apr. 25
Applied EE Program Evaluation
NRES 767, 3 Cr., Jan 27-May 4
 Fundamentals of Natural and Cultural Interp.
NRES 795, 1 Cr., Jan 21-May 16 
Graduate Seminar
WILDL 740, 1 Cr., Apr. 2-May 2 
Wildlife Issues Investigation
Campus, Face-To-Face
NRES 703, 1 Cr., Apr. 25-Apr.27
Group Facilitation Processes
For more information on these courses go to
To register for these courses go to

LEAF courses for Spring 2014 

Forestry Education in the K-12 Classroom
NRES 620- 1 graduate credit

Course Fee: $85 (assumes scholarship granted)
Get the convenience of online learning with the benefit of an interactive day spent with peers. LEAF’s hybrid workshop teaches you key forestry principles, demonstrates teaching techniques, and gives you great activities so you can easily integrate forestry education into your indoor or outdoor classroom. 
For your convenience, three sections of this course are being offered this spring.  Each includes 6 hours of online coursework to be completed over the period of one month, in addition to one Saturday face-to-face meeting.  Choose from:

  • Crivitz, Saturday, March 29th.
  • Greendale, April 5th
  • Necedah, April 5th

Find more information and a registration form on the LEAF professional development calendar. Please note that this course was previously offered as NRES 740.

Presenters needed for the Educator Tents at the Energy and Sustainable Living Fair
The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) is seeking workshop presenters in the Educator Tents at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s (MREA) 25th Annual Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Custer, WI on June 20-22, 2014. Presenting in the Educator Workshop Tent at the Fair is a wonderful way to promote your resources and services, share your classroom stories, network with educators and sustainability professionals, and have fun while supporting energy and sustainability education.  If you’re interested in presenting at the Fair in our Educator Workshop tent, please fill out the online Educator Tent workshop form by Feb. 10. Presenters get free entry into the Fair for the entire weekend!
We look forward to seeing you at the Fair!

FREE Workshop for Green & Healthy School Educators!*
Integrated STEM applications are all around us every day. Engage your students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through exploring the natural and built environments. 
The workshop will be held February 24th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Ashland at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Early bird registration is open to teachers at registered Green & Healthy Schools. Hurry, early bird registration ends February 3rd. General registration begins February 4th. Visit to learn more. To register, please go to:
* Attendees must be from a registered Green & Healthy School. Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop and schools will be provided an expense stipend after the workshop of $100 per attendee (up to 4 individuals from each school) to be used to cover expenses of attending the workshop (substitute fees, mileage, etc.) or expenses related to Green & Healthy Schools efforts thanks to a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, contact Katie Boseo at or 715-346-4254. 

Updates from the WAEE Board

Chair Update

Stefan is the Head of School at Conserve School in Land O'Lakes Wisconsin. 
Conserve School is a non-sectarian school aimed at students who feel a strong attachment to the natural world and who are motivated to conserve it. This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens students’ love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.
With his experience at Conserve School and his passion for promoting Environmental Stewardship he is a great fit as our new board chair.

Welcome New Board Members:

Student Members:
Carly Swatek from UWSP
Corinne Grossmeier from UWGB

Licia Johnson- Naturalist with North Lakeland Discovery Center

Steve Kerlin- Assistant Professor at UWSP and Agent for UW-Extension

Betsy Parker- Naturalist at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Amy Workman- Program Director at Upham Woods Nature Center

We are pleased to have you serving on the WAEE board.
By-Law changes have been approved. Thank you to all who provided input and voted.
NAAEE Survey on Sustainable Fisheries

NAAEE member, Dr. Shelby Gull Laird, on behalf of Charles Sturt University in Australia, is seeking environmental educators' input on a survey on sustainable fisheries (Please consider answering even if you do not eat fish). The survey will take 10-15 minutes and will help provide information on how people think about seafood purchases and sustainable fisheries.  The survey will remain open until 28 February 2014.
Conservation Lobby Day February 11th

Registration closes Thursday, February 6th!
On February 11th, hundreds of conservationists will meet with as many as 132 legislators at the State Capitol, demonstrating the power of our conservation community and voicing our concerns on issues ranging from groundwater to frac sand mining.
  • Get the inside scoop on top conservation issues and state politics.
  • Participate in a scheduled meeting with your state Senator and Representative’s offices.
  • Network, strategize, and make new friends with hundreds of other conservation-minded citizens from across the state.
  • Attend trainings presented by professionals on everything from natural resource issues to citizen advocacy.
Please visit the website to register for this event and learn more about the three target issues this year.

The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) is seeking proposals for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The Board anticipates awarding $75,000 for general environmental education grants, $55,000 for water education grants, $90,000 for forestry grants, and $90,000 for school forest grants.
Proposals are due February 15, 2014.  For an application packet or more information about the program see the Board’s website at or contact Ginny Carlton, Administrative Specialist, at 715-346-3805, email:

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