December WAEE Bulletin
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    Congratulations and Welcome to the 3 new WAEE Board Members   
Bruce Bessert, Nathan Larson and Chrystal Seeley-Schreck
Click here to see the WAEE board member bios.
Lets give a big thank you for all the hard work of the members whose terms are finished: Rebecca Clarke, Emily Brown, Scott Reilly and Steve Kerlin.


Let’s Celebrate the Wisconsin Children’s Outdoor Heritage Resolution!

 To read the entire resolution, please go here.  

We would like to compile a special video compilation at the WAEE Winter Workshop this year to celebrate the great resolution.  If you haven’t signed up yet, visit our website to read about the great presenters coming and all the fun traditions that will be going on! 

To help with this special project, we are looking to YOU for help!  Below are highlights from the Resolution.  If you have a photo or two that might fit with that particular line in the resolution, please send it to:   Read more


WAEE will be celebrating its Annual Awards Banquet on April 30, 2016 at
Riveredge Nature Center.

Do you know someone who excels in formal or non-formal EE?
Nominate them now! Nominations close February 6.

See award descriptions and past award winners.


January 22-24, 2016 at beautiful Treehaven in Tomahawk.

Online registration is open until January 22 - don't delay!

See the amazing lineup of sessions, workshops and activities.

Keynote Speaker:
George Desort

Join us Friday night as George Desort screens his newest film.

Featured Talk:
Delivering Science
Saturday 10:15

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News From the Chair

Winter greetings!
I'm honored to serve as WAEE Board Chair for the year 2016. What a great year we have ahead of us and I'm confident the current Board will work hard to serve the needs of the organization. 

Highlights for 2016 include:
•    Wisconsin will be hosting NAAEE for the first time! There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make this event outstanding. Let me know if you're interested in helping out. It's going to be great! 
•    We're shifting the Awards Banquet to the spring. We can't wait for warm weather and a wonderful evening at Riveredge Nature Center to celebrate and honor the dedicated EE folks in our midst. Keep an eye out for nomination forms, invitations, and ways you can help make the event shine. 
•    Membership drive! Did you know WAEE's membership used to be about double what it is today? That was back when EE was an emerging field and the grassroots efforts to support professional environmental educators were begun in earnest. Now, as the EE field faces political attacks at the same time as more families recognize the importance of getting kids outdoors, it's as critical as ever to engage everyone who can benefit from the networking, advocacy and recognition WAEE has to offer. 
Hope to see you at Winter Workshop this weekend! 
UWSP Open Positions:
1. Director of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and Assistant or Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (HDNRM)
The position will serve as the Director (50% time) of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE), have a 25% teaching appointment in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management Discipline responsible for teaching courses relevant to the individual’s area of expertise, and have a 25% Extension Specialist appointment in the Community, Natural Resources, and Economic Development (CNRED) program of Cooperative Extension.  Learn more
2. Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Outreach Program Manager 
The WCEE Outreach Program Manager has direct oversight of WCEE outreach program implementation and management. The Outreach Program Manager reports to and works closely with the WCEE Director to align programs with and integrate program staff to meet the vision and mission of the WCEE. Learn more
3. Assistant or Associate Professor of Conservation and Parks Law Enforcement
This position will be responsible for undergraduate teaching focused on natural resource law enforcement and is expected to teach 12 credits per semester. Learn more

2015 Status and Needs Survey of WI Environmental Education Related Organizations.
The 2015 Survey includes the following sections:
1.   General information and trends about EE organizations
2.   Industry, economics, and jobs

3.   Land management4.   Inclusion and accessibility
5.   Professional development needs and offerings.
Learn more and take the survey before February 15

Northland College Position Opening
Professor of Sustainable Regional Development in Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, or Wilderness Studies.  Read more for background, major responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply.

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Energy Educator of the Year Awards! There will be four Energy Educators of the Year including: Primary Energy Educator of the Year, Secondary Energy Educator of the Year, Higher Education Energy Educator of the Year, and Community Energy Educator of the Year. Nominations due Feb. 26. Winners will receive $500 to support further energy education efforts through technology and skills training. Learn more

Job Announcement: Communications and Marketing Coordinator
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is hiring a full-time Communications and Marketing Coordinator. The Communications and Marketing Coordinator utilizes the foundation's programs and projects to achieve three primary goals: connect people to our organization's mission and work by advancing communication projects for the foundation; promote the Leopold Center, Shack and the surrounding landscape as a major conservation destination; and develop and present the land ethic as an inclusive to all people. The organizational responsibilities of this full-time, entry-level position will grow in scope as the position matures within the foundation. For more details, please see the full position description. Application materials will be accepted until January 28, 2016. Interviews will take place in February and the expected start date of the position will be late February to early March 2016. 

Warm up with Webinars!
Green Teacher's upcoming webinars are an interactive way for educators to continue learning about key environmental topics. Our professional development webinar series features some of the most important thinkers in the field of environmental education addressing vital and relevant topics. 
We have six webinars scheduled in the coming months. Registration is FREE and one can obtain a certificate upon completion. Learn more and sign up 
Upcoming Events
Winter events at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
Snowmobile Trail Rides
Those interested in exploring surrounding wildlife areas are encouraged to participate in a snowmobile ride with family and friends. Crex snowmobile rides will be held Jan. 9, Feb.20 and March 12. Trail rides will begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately two and one-half hours. 
These events are for adults only. Snowmobiles must be registered, and each rider must have an annual trail pass and proof of Snowmobile Safety Certification Course completion. Rides may be cancelled due to trail conditions. 
The Older Wiser Learning Series is a lecture and discussion series held monthly throughout the winter season. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided. 
O.W.L.S will be held Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 10 from 10–11 a.m.
Snowshoe Treks
Discover the tranquility of this low-impact sport and join a guide for a birding hike Jan. 8 and wildlife tracking hike Jan. 22. Each hike will run from 8-10 a.m. After the hike, warm up inside with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee - snacks will also be provided. If there is a lack of snow, a winter walk will occur. Snowshoes are available at Crex on a first come, first served basis. 

To learn more about Crex programs, contact Kristina Pupak, DNR wildlife conservation educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis.

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