WAEE Bulletin - March 2014

WAEE Bulletin

March 2014

New WAEE website will be ready to launch on Earth Day April 22.

WAEE is very excited to be presenting a new and improved website. The WAEE board worked very hard at the Spring Retreat on ways to improve the website for you, our members. We hope you enjoy it.

New features:

  • Link to Google calendar

  • Link to Facebook

  • Clean and Modern design

  • User friendly

    (If you visit the site before April 22nd it will be the old website.)

Maple Sap collecting is done in Southern Wisconsin and still going strong in Northern Wisconsin.

We collected over 140 gallons of sap around our house and made 22 quarts of syrup. I hope others were able to enjoy this time honored tradition. A note about last months article on Maple Sap, thank you to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and NatureNet for sharing the content. See their March newsletter for more great information on this topic. 

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.

Registration will be open in early May.
Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher and administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one.
For more about Stephen Ritz

Aldo Leopold Nature Center position application are due April 18th.

Earth Day is April 22nd!

The new
WAEE website will be launched on April 22nd.

Register by April 25th

34th Annual Adventures in Outdoor Education Workshop
Wausau School Forest
May 2-4

Free Composting Workshop April 30th.

MREA Energy Fair June 20-22

August 13-15
WAEE Annual Conference and
Green&Healthy Schools Institute 

in Stevens Point, WI

Earth Day Resources:

National Environmental Education Week April 14-18
National Park Week April 19-26
Earth Day is April 22
National Arbor Day is April 25

Visit EE in Wisconsin for more upcoming events.

FREE Composting in Schools Workshop
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Dane County UW-Extension - Join composting experts as you discover how to introduce composting into your school.

Volunteer at The 25th Annual Energy Fair

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-20 to 6-24

Presenter/Location: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) in Custer, Wis.

Student organizations, groups or individuals volunteering 2 or more hours support the MREA’s mission to promote renewable energy and sustainable living. Volunteers gain free admission for a day at The Energy Fair (which has great educational workshops, food, music, and more.)  For more information on volunteering, contact  Kelly Smith at 715-346-4651715-346-4651 or  Allison Lindquist at 715-592-6595715-592-6595 ext. 115.

Endangered Species Daily Facts
These daily facts focus on threatened and endangered species of the Upper Midwest but also include facts about the Endangered Species Act and foreign species.  They are written for an audience of about 4th grade through adults and run the gamut from specific species’ biology, to life history, to conservation needs.  
To sign up for a daily e:mail 
 Calendar of the facts  

Aldo Leopold Nature Center is hiring for part-time, seasonal naturalists for spring and summer and summer interns! The deadline for Applications is April 18, 2014.   

Visit the site to find out more.

NAAEE is very excited to announce the first ever National EE Giving Week, please join them and WAEE in fundraising.

This April, NAAEE and the Affiliate Network will be leading a two-week campaign starting the Monday before Earth Day and continuing through April 25 to raise as much money as possible for environmental education. The money raised will go to WAEE and NAAEE--so the work you do will bring money back to you! We would love for every affiliate to participate in this pilot effort. And to make it even more exciting, there will be a competition to see which state can raise the most money!

Visit our EE Giving Week  WAEE site.
Chair Update:

Happy Earth Day!
Since its beginning in 1970 Earth Day has served as a yearly reminder that we can’t take the Earth for granted. In the early years much of the focus was on educating people about the important role that they play in the health of the planet. Today we know that education is not enough, to insure a healthy future for ourselves and the generations to follow we must both educate for sustainability AND take action now to mitigate as much as possible the consequences for the lack of actions taken in the past. When I look to the future I am hopeful because of the passion for this planet of my fellow Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education members and those they work with. The WAEE provides the opportunity for members to amplify their efforts by sharing them with each other. This year the WAEE is engaged in a number of activities to strengthen its ability to assist members in connecting with each other. These efforts include a new website, an expanded Annual Conference in partnership with the Green & Healthy Schools Institute, working to improve social media networking through sites such as Facebook, and helping to facilitate an environmental education capacity building project through the NAAEE. These efforts provide the framework around which a successful environmental education community in Wisconsin can be built. However, to complete the structure we must all contribute our efforts by sharing our stories, attending conferences and workshops, and inviting others to join our community.
This Earth Day consider making a resolution to becoming more involved with the environmental education community in Wisconsin. There are many ways to do this including:
  • Attending the Annual Conference in August
Stefan Anderson
WAEE Board Chair


Nature Center Collaborative and EE Consortium Update

During last fall and winter an inventory of all known environmental education related organizations in Wisconsin was compiled. The current inventory shows the total number of EE and outdoor related organizations in WI to 698!

The survey is a product of UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and the WI EE Consortium. It is an opportunity for all organizations across the state to contribute their voices to the identification of needs and creation of initiatives to help all succeed in environmental education.
If your organization has not submitted a response yet please do so before the end of April. Your perspective and input is very valuable to gather representative information and plan events or initiatives to help you accomplish your missions and to increase the state-wide capacity of environmental education in Wisconsin.
The survey is available here:

The EE Consortium held their second meeting at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, WI on April 9th.
The group has identified three initiatives to work on for the remainder of the grant period.
1 Get to know our industry through inventory
2 Technology development and access
3 Professional organizational skill development

Dr. Steve Kerlin
UW-Extension Specialist in Environmental Education
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education
Co-leader of the WI EE Consortium

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