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We are thrilled to announce the official launch of our new online membership management tool - Wild Apricot. This user-friendly, cost-effective, streamlined system will allow us to better serve your member needs. While it is the  #1 rated membership management software, it also allows for online registration, website integration, and member directories and forums which will be coming this summer.

Existing members will receive an email notification when your membership is about to expire. You will be able to renew online with ease. New members will also be able to join through our website. Update your member profile now by using the email linked with your WAEE membership. The first time you log in, it will prompt you to reset your password.

We appreciate your patience during this transition. Let us know if you have any bumps along the way!

- WAEE Membership Committee


Speak Up for EE

With so much turmoil affecting EE and natural resources in our state, it is hard to keep up. Its important to keep making your voice heard - it does make a difference.

One May 5th, the Joint Finance Committee postponed action on WEEB. EE supporters pushed to postpone a decision on WEEB so that they could firm up votes - we are very close to having the needed majority. Ultimately this is a numbers game. Legislators act when they hear about from their constituents. And that means we need to do all we can to ensure that our friends and allies are talking to JFC members.
You know environmental education matters and we need your voice. Visit the Save EE in Wisconsin Page to learn how you can help advocate for WEEB, WCEE and the DPI position.

Not sure who to contact, what to say or how to say it?  Check out this great guide on advocacy in Wisconsin!

We are making progress.  But we're not done yet so keep up the good work!
Get Involved


Leading by Example

In 2014 
Randy Champeau was honored with the David Engleson Award for his work with the WCEE, WEEB, and WEEF. Read more

The David Engleson Award is presented to individuals, agencies, and organizations making significant contributions to the field of environmental education as exemplified by David Engleson; founding member of WAEE, author, advocate, teacher, and environmental education leader across the state and nation. 

There are inspiring people all around us. Now is the time to honor their outstanding passion and dedication to the field of EE. Learn more about WAEE Award categories:

Formal Educators 
Non-Formal Educators

To nominate an organization, individual, student, class or group, click here for award descriptions and nomination form (fillable PDF) or click for online nomination form


June 30

Nominate Someone


MEEC Countdown

158 days until the Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) happening in Madison, WI, Oct. 21-24! While we are still working on the finishing touches of online registration, check out the website to see information posted on single day, multi-day, and full conference registration for your budget planning purposes. We aim to have the online registration open in early June.
Although the program proposal deadline has passed, space is still available (though filling fast!) for exhibitors and vendors. Join vendors like Nasco, non-profit organizations like the Schlitz Audubon Center, and teacher networking and support organizations, like Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, by becoming a Vendor, For-profit or Non-profit Exhibitor, or Conference Sponsor. Complete the online form.
Please spread the word to your professional networks of colleagues, partner organizations and associations. If you have any questions, contact Amy of the planning committee. Looking forward to seeing you at the MEEC! 
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WAEE Bylaw Changes Voting Form

The 2015 WAEE Board of Directors would like to propose several changes to the bylaws for you, the membership, to vote on. This process is in accordance with the procedures for amendments to the bylaws as outlined in Article XIII, Sec. 1, which states:  

"The articles of these bylaws may be amended by:

(a) a simple majority vote of members in attendance at any regular or special meeting of the Association provided the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing or electronically to the membership at least 30 days in advance of said meetings: or

(b) by ballot mailed or emailed to the membership 30 days in advance of a stated postmarked or emailed deadline date."

The next annual member meeting will be held during the Midwest Environmental Education Conference at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 23. As some of the proposed bylaws changes have a fiscal year deadline, this ballot is being sent electronically to the membership. 

Members have 30 days to vote to accept, deny or abstain from each of the proposed bylaws changes. A simply majority vote of respondents will determine whether each individual amendment is approved. 

The deadline for submitting responses is MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015. 

Please read each of the proposed amendments carefully and then vote to accept, deny, or abstain. 


Member Highlight

Dr. Steve Kerlin, Award Winner

2015 UWSP College of Natural Resources
Outreach Education Award 

The CNR Outreach Education Award is given for exceptional outreach service. Dr. Kerlin has met and exceeded the award criteria in three areas: the degree of impact his outreach efforts have had on the CNR, the development of significant and innovative  outreach events and programs, and the degree of impact his outreach efforts have had on the constituents serviced.

Since coming to UWSP in July 2013, Dr. Kerlin has been involved in two main projects as part of his outreach appointment in the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) and UW-Extension: building a state-wide Nature Center Collaborative and providing land management assistance to nature centers.
Nature Center Collaborative
With the support of the WCEE graduate assistant, Joy Kacoroski, Dr. Kerlin has compiled and checked a list of nearly 700 of nature centers and environmental education programs in Wisconsin, surveyed their current needs and programs, and begun facilitating regional meetings. This work has been funded in part by a competitive grant from the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) EECapacity Program, which is designed to connect existing environmental education providers with emerging or non-traditional programs. A subset (20) of the potential members of the Nature Center Collaborative have had the opportunity to participate in three professional development, networking, and goal-setting meetings facilitated by Dr. Kerlin, and some have received funding to travel to the NAAEE national conference. Outreach efforts related to the Nature Center Collaborative have benefited both educators in Wisconsin, and by extension, individuals who participate in their environmental education programs.  Click here to see the Wisconsin Nature Centers Collaborative link on the WAEE website.
Land Management at Nature Centers
Dr. Kerlin has also worked with Kevin Burns at Treehaven to secure funding for a pilot program that offers land management assistance to nature centers and camps in Wisconsin, with an emphasis on connecting management to education. Over the past year, at least 50 CNR students have been involved in creating management plans and providing hands-on management assistance to eight organizations. The need for such work was evident by the high number of nature centers and camps (38) that applied to be part of this pilot project. Dr. Kerlin hopes to expand this work to new sites in the coming years. 

Congratulations, Dr. Kerlin!

Looking for Summer Staff? Can you use an employee, intern or volunteer for half of the summer?
UWSP environmental education/interpretation and youth programming/camp management majors are available for assistance with educational programming. Forestry, wildlife, waters and soils majors are available for assistance with land management, ecological data collection and many other job duties. The summer field experience is six weeks in length—one session is from May 17-June 26 and another session is from July 5-August 14. Because of the timing of this experience, students struggle finding an experience in their related field that can accommodate their schedule.  Therefore, we are looking for professionals in the field to develop a paid or volunteer position for UWSP students.  If you are interested or would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact

FREE Field Trip Opportunity - Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo
Choose Wednesday May 20 or Thursday May 21, 2015
The expo will offer hands-on outdoor activities for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Many of the activities are correlated to state academic standards. Students will also be able to see up-close LIVE wolves, lynx, bison, badger, otter, bald eagle, turkey vultures and other wildlife. A series of stations will emphasize hands-on learning experiences where students will participate in these outdoor skills activities such as archery, fishing, camping and more. Registration is required using this form. Contact organizer Mark LaBarbera with questions.

From the Chair

May is an exciting time for all of us.  Summer looms close.  The world is green and fragrant.  Thoughts of vacations entice us.  School is letting out shortly.   Camp is soon to follow.  The list is endless, where to end?  Where to begin?  There are many exciting events that will compete for your attention over the coming weeks, but take a moment for WAEE now, right now as you read these very words!

And why? 

There are big things on the horizon for WAEE.  Starting July 1st we will be increasing our membership dues.  You may have received reminders about renewing your membership.  We are going to an online membership tracking service called Wild Apricot.  This will streamline our membership data and allow us to keep more accurate records of who is active and who is not.  Membership and dues are vital to WAEE serving its members; we count on your continued support.  However, if you know you need to renew, do it now before July 1st!

And while renewing your membership, check out the MEEC site and make your plans to join WAEE and others in Madison in October.  This year’s conference promises to deliver amazing speakers (Timothy Eagan, Joel Salatin, and more), workshops, sessions, and a truly unique voyageur canoe race. 

Lastly, we are planning our Annual Awards Banquet to follow the MEEC Conference.   Do you know someone who inspires you or others in the field?  Acknowledge what this person has done through a nomination!   Follow the link for more information.

We are on the cusp of those lazy days of summer (well, for some).  However, take a few moments today to give back to WAEE before your thoughts drift to bar-b-ques, vacations, and your list for summer.

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair

Upcoming Events
NRES 622: School Forest Programs and Administration
Dates: June 15th - July 19th

Educators, learn how to increase your ability to effectively use your school forests for environmental education and sustainable resource management.  This hybrid course provides information, resources, processes, and guidelines to effectively develop school forests. The course is divided into two components. The on-line component provides background information on school forests and guides participants through important considerations for school forest programs. The information collected during the on-line component will be used to develop the school forest education plan during the one day face-to-face meeting in July.  A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $100.  For details go to LEAF's Professional Development CalendarRegistration deadline: June 5th

NRES 624: Enhancing School Forest Education
: June 15th - July 19th
Are you looking to expand educational opportunities for your students at the school forest?  This hybrid course will help you utilize your school forest as an outdoor classroom. You will become familiar with the forest, look closely at educational resources, and infuse your curriculum with lessons that can be taught at the school forest. We will focus on the school forest ecosystem, invasive species, curriculum connections, environmental education resources and lessons, and community resources. The participant will create a school forest field trip for their class as a culminating project. The face to face meeting consists of a school forest tour and further content discussion.  A limited number of scholarships are available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $100.  For details go to LEAF's Professional Development CalendarRegistration deadline: June 5th

Earn a credit at The Energy Fair – Register for the course Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair
The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering a course titled Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair, on June 19-21 in Custer, Wis. This course provides educators with an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and applications, and receive hands-on activities and project ideas, while networking with other educators and professionals in the energy field. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit, audit, or as a workshop. Visit the Professional Development Calendar to view course flyer and register.
"PLT-PLUS" Workshop Retreat: PLT, Land Use and Stewardship
June 22-23 at Northland College in Ashland

(This workshop retreat is supported by a WEEB grant)
PLT PLUS is targeted for formal and nonformal educators who are looking for effective, multidisciplinary activities that can be presented to a variety of students in a fun, hands-on way.  During this workshop, participants will be trained in PLT’s K-8 and Secondary curricula, as well as experience an afternoon paddling on Lake Superior, an evening cultural session around the campfire, time spend practicing PLT activities with middle school youth who are on campus for summer camp, and ample opportunities for discussion and reflection with fellow educators.  Participants will receive three PLT guides.  The full cost for the retreat is $145, which includes meals, recreation, and two nights lodging.  You can also opt for only one night lodging, or stay off-site for a reduced price.   For more information or to register, visit   Hurry!  The registration deadline is June 6th. 

NRES 621: Special Topics: Artistry and Forestry
Date: August 8-9
at the Mackenzie Center in Poynette

Art teachers- learn how to integrate art and nature through hands-on activities and experiences while immersed in the beauty of the outdoors with the new art curriculum from LEAF.  Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently teach in the outdoor classroom and integrate art lessons with forestry content.  The  class will consist of a two day hands-on experience, followed by coursework to be completed during the fall at the participant's school.  Food and lodging is paid by a grant from WEEB.  A limited number of scholarships are also available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $85. You may also choose to audit.   For details go to LEAF's Professional Development CalendarRegistration deadline: July 31st.

NEW ONLINE FORMAT: Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop
Have you always wanted a copy of PLT's award-winning curriculum, but have been too far away or time-constrained to attend a typical workshop?  You're in you have an online option!  This online workshop is specifically designed to help you engage your students in learning about the environment--both outside and indoors--while meeting your PD requirements on your own time, at your convenience.  Participants receive an online copy of PLT's Environmental Education Activity Guide after completing the 4-hour self-paced workshop.  Go to for details.  Cost $40  Registration deadline:  open

Register to become a Green & Healthy School – Play the Cool Choices game in the fall of 2015 
Engage your staff and/or students in an electronic game, Cool Choices, which will help you in completing the GHS application in a fun, easy, and social way. This game is only available to schools certified as Green & Healthy Schools! Sign up now to be included in a future game to launch in the fall of 2015! 


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