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WAEE Bulletin - August  2014

WAEE Bulletin

August 2014





WAEE 2014 Annual Conference Review

  • Record number of attendees (182)

  • Inspiring presentation by Stephen Ritz,  founder of Green Bronx Machine             

  • Journey  through 40 years of WAEE - keynote Dennis Yockers, Ph. D.
  • Look for conference pictures on Facebook
  • Did you participate in the Cool Choices game? (*see below)
  • Many conference presentations available on GoogleDrive (**see below)
"One of the morning speakers mentioned this conference is like 'coming home.' He summed it up perfectly. This conference is special because the people are 'natural' in more ways than one.  They share my passion for Environmental Education. Sometimes it gets really lonely out there and this conference recharges me." 
 
 

Save the Date!


What:   WAEE's 37th Annual Awards Ceremony
Where: BTC Promega Corporation
                Madison, WI
When:  November 8, 2014
  • 5:00 pm Social Hour
  • 6:00 pm Tapas-style Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Awards
Please join us to recognize outstanding leaders of environmental education in our school and communities.
 


Nominations Extended for the
2014 Annual Awards Ceremony

Nominations are due August 28th, 2014

Who are the exceptional environmental educators in your life? A teacher, naturalist, student, youth group, or neighbor? We all know someone who is making a difference, as we speak, and deserves recognition. Nominate someone for the WAEE Awards program and give them their moment in the spotlight. 

Award categories include:

  • Aldo Leopold Award
  • David Engelson WAEE Award
  • Earthguard Award
  • Educator of the Year Awards
  • Non-formal educator of the year
  • Formal educator of the year
  • Administrator of the year
  • Student of the year



Memories from WAEE over the last 40 years


A few highlights from our conference attendees included:
  • Tagging monarchs, bear scat discovery, paddling, interesting personalities
  • An 11 year old presenter's guided hike in the winter woods
  • NERTZ tournaments, skiing at Treehaven at Winter Workshop
  • Best friends, board meetings, strategic planning sessions, growing and learning


       
*Here is a follow-up regarding the Cool Choices game that was played during the WAEE conference last week.
  • 39 players logged 157 actions over the three days of the conference
  • If continued for a year, these actions could save over $4,631 on fuel, water, and energy costs.
Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin has partnered with Cool Choices to provide Green & Healthy Schools an innovative approach to advance Green & Healthy initiatives. Through a dynamic, online card game called Cool Choices, schools are revealing a shared commitment to green & healthy practices across Wisconsin. This entertaining session will show school staff and students how to engage entire school communities in building the case for continued investment in sustainability with fun, popular and easy everyday actions. 

If you’d like to explore how to use this game at your school, please fill out a form by clicking HERE.  

Staff from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education would be happy to come visit you and meet with other staff at your school to figure out how it would work best for you.

 

**The GoogleDrive “2014 Conference Presentations” has been updated, so if you would like to access information from the presenters please free to do so. Refer to the attached guide to learn how to navigate googledrive if you are unfamiliar. The Conference Program Guide is included for reference as well.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS


August 27th
Project Learning Tree: Early Childhood Workshop
Elcho, WI

September 10th
Project Learning Tree: Early Childhood Workshop
Westfield, WI

September 13th
Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve Volunteer Day
Stevens Point, WI 

September 21-October 3
Capturing the Colors of the Season: Painting, Sketching and Drawing in the Northwoods
Treehaven

September 27th
Green Apple Day of Service
Nation Wide

August 27 and September 17
Plant Identification Hikes
Treehaven

September 27-October 1
Become a Volunteer Master Naturalist
Treehaven

November 8
37th Annual Awards Ceremony
 BTC Promega Corporation, Madison, WI
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Project Learning Tree Workshops: 
We still have several Project Learning Tree Workshops coming up. 

Early Childhood Workshop
Elcho, WI
August 27th

Early Childhood Workshop
Westfield, WI
September 10th


Treehaven:

Aug. 27 and Sept. 17, 2014
Plant Identification Hikes
(These programs ARE OPEN to the public!)

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27
5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17

 
Rachel Anderson

Join Treehaven naturalist Rachel Anderson for a guided hike at Treehaven to find wild plants of northern Wisconsin. Learn the names, hear interesting stories and learn fun facts about the flora that call Treehaven home. This is one hike you won't want to miss! This program is for adults and children at least 8 years old. Cost is $5/person. Registrations will be taken onsite before the hike. Advanced registrations are encouraged, as guided naturalist hikes fill quickly! Call 715-346-2469 to hold your spot today!


Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 2014
Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Capturing the Colors of the Season: Painting, Sketching, and Drawing in the Northwoods
 
Enjoy Treehaven's vibrant fall colors as you focus on the rich visual experience that its woods, fields and shorelines have to offer. Demonstrations and instruction in plein-air sketching, taking color notes, simple painting techniques, composition and use of light and shadow help you identify and appreciate the species native to the area. Through field trips and excursions, study past nature artists, explore personal aesthetics and gain insight into your own growth as an artist! Highlights include day trips to northern lakes, bogs, forests and waterfalls at Dells of the Eau Claire, as well as the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum's annual Birds in Art exhibit.
Click here to view pricing, register or receive more information.

 
Visit EE in Wiscosin for more upcoming events.



Chair Update:

Let me begin by expressing my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who helped make the recent WAEE Annual Conference / Green & Healthy Schools Institute such a success. For me the event was energizing and empowering with highlights including strong keynotes from Dr. Dennis Youckers, Steven Ritz, and a panel of amazing green school gurus. The words and music of “raptivist Jene-the-Jene from Esquela Verde were inspiring. In my role as unofficial conference photographer I was in and out of many sessions and was pleased to see the engagement of the attendees with the material being shared.

With the Annual Conference in the rear view mirror I am now becoming increasingly excited about next year’s conference. Next year it is Wisconsin’s turn to share its annual conference with the surrounding states by hosting the Midwest Environmental Education Conference or MEEC for short. (We love those acronyms!) While the name of the conference may sound meek, don’t let that fool you. The planning is underway for an amazing event to be held October 21-24, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. Information about the conference will be posted to the WAEE website at MEEConference.org as it is available.
 
In the meantime, make your plans to attend the WAEE Awards Banquet on November 8th at the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Promega in Madison. This is a collaborative Awards Ceremony with the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation (WEEF) and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) share with the WAEE in hosting this event.
 
Nominations are now open for the WAEE Board. Each year the statewide membership of WAEE elects three new members to its 11-person board. Board members each serve a three-year term. WAEE’s board coordinates all activities of the organization and provide energetic and forward-looking leadership to its membership. Board candidates are either self-nominated or invited by others to run for election. Each candidate completes a nomination form describing their background, experience, and goals for the organization. You can find more information at: http://www.waee.dreamhosters.com/elections.
 
I wish you well as the season transitions from summer to fall.
 
Sincerely,
 
Stefan Anderson
WAEE 2014 Chair 
 

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