Happy New Year WAEE Members & Friends!
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Winter Workshop is only a few days away!

Check out the great line up of speakers and workshops. Brutal Gourmet, Winter Olympics, Nertz Tournament, snowshoeing, wolf howling and so much more! Professional development, networking opportunities, and fun!

Register Today!


Children's Outdoor 
Bill of Rights

WAEE continues to pursue this initiative with the help of Assemblywoman Chris Taylor. Taylor has agreed to pursue this effort a third time by renaming it the "Children's Outdoor Heritage Resolution". Stay tuned for more details...

There are many ways to get involved and support EE in our state:

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Get Involved
Winter Workshop Chair, Licia Johnson, and her "snowy owl"


WAEE presents the 38th Annual Awards Banquet

A celebration of excellence in environmental education

Saturday, October 24th
Madison, Wisconsin
An evening of awards and recognition held in conjunction with the MEEC.

Nominations accepted beginning February 1st. Check the website for award descriptions and nomination form.

Nominate Someone
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Regional Networking 
& Professional Development Events

Meet and explore partnerships, visit and tour other facilities, learn from each others strengths and challenges. Learn more

WAEE Hosting 2015
October 21-24

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Member Highlight

Mequon Nature Preserve Executive Director, Kristin Gies, named “40 under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

The “40 under 40” program highlights the careers and achievements of 40 people under the age of 40 who are making great strides in business and community involvement. With hundreds of candidates being considered each year, receiving this award is a testament to Kristin’s positive attitude, enthusiasm, leadership and overall success. In 2007 Mequon Nature Preserve hired Kristin Gies as executive director. Her mission was to transform the 438 acres of farmland leased from the City of Mequon into a forest with wetlands. She was also charged to develop an environmental education program to serve the metro area. Read the full article

WCEE Graduate Assistantship – Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin

The WCEE is a center of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin Extension-Cooperative Extension. The graduate assistant will undertake a Master of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis in environmental education in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP.The primary responsibility of the graduate assistant will be to study green and schools, identifying the current status and future needs of schools and the program. View full description

Deadline to Apply: February 2

Community GroundWorks Internships - multiple positions available in organic agriculture, environmental education, natural areas, and non-profit administration. We offer both paid and unpaid internships at Troy Gardens and at our other sites in Madison, WI. Learn about our programs and find application instructions on our website:

Deadline to Apply: February 15

EE in Turkey - The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point  College of Natural Resources is partnering with Bilkent University to offer an opportunity to study natural resources and environmental education in Turkey. This program offers a unique occasion for Wisconsin teachers to expand their global understanding of natural resources in Dalyan, Turkey, and to work with Turkish high school students and teachers, as well as graduate students. View full description

Deadline to Apply: March 1

From the Chair
It is with great pleasure that I write to you as the WAEE Board Chair for 2015! 

New year is always a time for new beginnings. As the New Year begins, on behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome our newest Board Members Cathy Techtmann and Jessica Jens. Your experience, perspective, and interest will be a great addition. Also, we welcome back Amy Workman to the Board!
As a member of the board for the past two years I have learned a new perspective about the dedication and talents each person brings to the field of environmental education. I am excited by the coming year and look forward to working closely with new and old board members. I also feel that the board represents a wide variety of voices in the field. I am a science teacher in the Kimberly School District and bring the perspective of formal educator to the board. However, our board is a diverse and talented group and I am positive that Jessica and Cathy will contribute positively from day one!

Every year is exciting and full of possibilities. This year holds true to this. On the last weekend of the month we will celebrate winter at our annual Winter Workshop at UWSP’s Treehaven in Tomahawk. Winter is a defining part of our state, so rather than hide from it, embrace and enjoy it with old friends and new! 
The fall will be a busy season for WAEE as we host the Midwest Environmental Education Conference at Madison’s Monona Terrace. The conference promises to show-off Wisconsin’s role as a leader in environmental education, and that we also like to have fun while doing so.

Environmental leadership is something we pride ourselves on here in Wisconsin. Our field incorporates so many talented, dedicated, and inspiring people. At our annual awards banquet in the fall we will once again honor those who are leaders in environmental education from our schools and administrators, nature centers and non-formal educators, business community, and to the kids themselves that makes what we do every day so valuable.

Start your New Year off right, get outside and enjoy all the wonders of the season that Wisconsin has to offer, take a friend or family member along with you! Lastly, get involved with WAEE too, and take a friend or family member along with you as well!

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair
Upcoming Events

Project Learning Tree & Project WET Curriculum Workshop for Green & Healthy School Educators!
Date: Saturday, January 24th
Location: Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point
Cost:  $10.00
Cindy Koepke
Participants receive two award-winning activity guides:  Project Learning Tree Pre K-8 Environmental Education Guide and Project WET. Visit the professional development calendar at for more information.

I "Heart" Winter Nature Hangout
Date: Saturday, February 14
Location: Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee
Cost: $20
Experience Wehr’s Winter Wonderland on Valentines Day and see why we are so in love with nature! Snowshoeing, ridiculous relay races, winter tracks and scat, fort building and snow sculpture contests. Marshmallow-roasting and spiked cider and cocoa by the fire. For 21 & up.

NEWNA Region Networking Event
Friday, February 27
Location: Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay, WI
Cost: Free

Contact: Dr. Steve Kerlin
Networking and professional development opportunity for WI EE Consortium and partners from area nature centers and environmental education organizations.


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