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Congratulations to our outstanding 2015 Award Winners:


Dave Engleson WAEE Award:   WEEB Past & Present

Earthguard Award:   Lake Mills School District

WAEE Administrator of the Year:   Charles Eaton

WAEE Formal Educator of the Year:   Marta Sells

WAEE Non-formal Educator of the Year:   Ken Keffer

WAEE Student of the Year:   Amanda Kyle


October 21 – 24, 2015
Monona Terrace, Madison

“Promoting Access to Environmental Educational Experiences”

Sustainable Foods, Education on Climate Change, Reaching Underserved Audiences, Celebrating Success
Join colleagues from across the Midwest to strengthen your base content knowledge with quality concurrent sessions on topics such as: STEM, classroom inquiry and analysis, GIS and genetics, culture and gender bias, technology, and more!
For details, visit:
- Get free lesson plans and activities
- University Credit Available
Register Now


Celebrating Excellence

October 24, 2015 
Monona Terrace, Madison

Join us in celebrating the incredible accomplishments of our 2015 Award Winners.

You don't want to miss this event!  Buy your tickets online now. If you can't attend, you can still donate in honor of the award winners.

Other organizations presenting awards will be LEAF, KEEP and the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors:

Focus on Energy
Platinum Sponsor

MGE Foundation 
Wisconsin Center for EE

Gold Sponsors

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January 22-24, 2016
Treehaven, Tomahawk

It Takes a Village: Promoting Societal Change Through EE

Enhance your portfolio, share your knowledge and skills with your peers, and help improve and enhance EE in WI. 
Be a presenter! 

Strand 1: Connection & Collaboration - share how you or your organization works with both environmental and non-environmental groups to promote change. Tell us how you've made connections successful.
Strand 2: Communicating Your Message - do you have an interesting way of teaching a subject:  Do you incorporate new technology in to your environmental lessons? Share best practices, tips and tricks with other educators.

Presentation Proposals due October 2, 2015
Presentation Proposal Form

Give Me More MEEC!

Member Highlight

North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, WI ~ a community nature education center located in the heart of the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest in the Northwoods of WI. The Center differentiates itself by:
  • The diverse, undeveloped land surrounding us, providing an unparalleled teaching environment including lake, river, mixed forest and bog.
  • Broad audiences not limited to specific interests, but that share commonality in their care and connection to our Northwoods environment.
  • A strong, loyal membership base; and positive relationships with community businesses, schools and Towns.
Explore their current program offerings, and you will find learning adventures for adults, families and children – welcoming guests and members alike. From guided bird walks to canoe trips; pontoon cruises to cosmic campfires; and full-moon snow-shoe hikes to adult lectures and workshops; the North Lakeland Discovery Center provides lifelong learning and enriches the lives of residents and visitors alike. In addition, we provide:
Environmental Education Programs for school groups, libraries and resorts.
Monitoring and Research Projects including Town Aquatic Invasive Species efforts, lake level monitoring and WDNR shoreline bird surveys.
Facility Rentals and Programming for conservation clubs, campers, wellness groups, weddings, birthday parties and family reunions.
Club and Affiliate Support for groups including the Timber Wolf Alliance, Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks and the Discovery Center Bird Club. These partnerships expand our reach and positively impact natural resources and wildlife.
Drop-in Activities and Trails, including a 16-station interpretive trail, state-of-the-art bog boardwalk and learning platform, geocaching, family backpack program and a 22-station Breeding Bird Interpretive Trail Signage Program.
Learn more at
WEEB Grant Opportunity

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Announces
Environmental Education Grant Program
The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) is seeking proposals for the 2016 grant cycle. The Board anticipates awarding $90,000 for general environmental education grants, $90,000 for forestry grants, and $90,000 for school forest grants. Projects may begin January 1, 2016 and must be completed by December 31, 2016.
Proposals are due October 31, 2015.  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:

More Opportunities

"Every Kid in a Park"
This school year, fourth graders in the United States and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters.  The program is part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.  Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the holder and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

Please pass this information along to increase knowledge about this excellent opportunity to the public, coworkers, families, schools, organizations, communities/municipalities, etc.  Below are links to more information and also attached is a question/answer document about the program, including how to sign up, teacher/educator information, etc.

From the Chair

This newsletter kicks off a busy few weeks for everyone, including WAEE!  As we pack up from summer trips and pack up for school keep the WAEE in mind and pack up for Madison too!
Next month is our annual conference, but we are also hosting the Midwest EE Conference, and this is a warm-up for NAAEE in Madison come next year.  And while you are in Madison, linger some more time and recognize those professionals and students throughout the Badger State making strides in environmental education on Saturday the 24th of October.
We find ourselves caught up in so many new opportunities this time of year, let WAEE be a part of the those new opportunities!

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair

Upcoming Events

Summer Natural History Workshops at UW Milwaukee Field Station
Spaces are still available in some of our summer workshops! Come out to the Field Station and participate in one of our workshops.  Our workshops offer an opportunity to study focused topics at college-level instruction under the guidance of experts.  We offer one-day, two-day and week-long workshops, and housing and meals are available at the Station. Enrollment is limited to 20, the atmosphere is informal and instruction is individualized. These 4 workshops still have openings.
  • Invasive Plant Management Techniques. September 19
  • Wetland Restoration. September 25-26
Find out more
New Online Format for PLT K-8 Workshop
Upcoming Project Learning Tree Workshops
Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for more information:
PLT Early Childhood Workshop
  • New Beginnings, Merrill
  • Thursday, October 8th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Cost of $10 thanks to a WEEB grant
  • Call 1-800-628-8534 to register
 PLT Early Childhood Workshop
  • UW-Eau Claire, Children's Nature Academy
  • Saturday, October 17th from 9:30 - 12:00
  • Cost of $5 thanks to a WEEB grant
  • Contact to register
 PLT Workshop for Secondary Educators
  • Madison area (location TBD)
  • Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 - 12:00
  • Cost of $5 thanks to a WEEB grant
  • Contact to register

Facilitate student-centered energy action in your school building all year long.

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) is excited to host an event on the UW-Stevens Point campus as part of the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival. "Small Actions Add Up: Investigations in Energy Efficiency for Students" is a FREE workshop for middle and high school students and their teachers on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Students and their teachers receive hands-on training using professional technological tools, conduct an energy audit of several rooms on the UW-Stevens Point campus, and practice developing energy conservation recommendations based upon their findings. Registration is open (, but space is limited!


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