February WAEE Bulletin
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This Memory Sketch captures events from a storytelling session at Winter Workshop 2016 at Treehaven! Participants became giants, mountains, sled dogs and more as the stories came alive in drama, song, sign language and smiles 😊 !
Stories were shared in honor three Wisconsin Environmental Educators ... 
Susan Gilchrist (1924-2014) ... David Engleson (1928-2011) ... Nick Hockings


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

Betsy Parker has compiled a special video from the pictures you sent to celebrate this great resolution. See this amazing video here. We are able to personalize the intro to the video to name your organization as a supporter of the Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Heritage Proclamation. Contact the WAEE office for more information.


Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2016 Awards. The review committee is hard at work reading the inspiring stories of the well-deserving nominees. Winners will be announced on February 29. Event registration will also open on leap day. Watch for your invitation around March 1. You don’t want to miss this unique afternoon celebration at RIveredge Nature Center on April 30.


2016 Winter Workshop was a Success!

Winter Workshop Video

Thank you to everyone who made the WAEE Winter Workshop 2016 such a great success!  We had over 90 people join in on a weekend filled with great presentations, engaging workshops, a fabulous featured speaker, laughter, music, and more! 
Read more

If you attended Winter Workshop and have not filled out the online evaluation, please do so by Friday, February 19, 2016.
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News From the Chair

We couldn't be more pleased! The Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Heritage Resolution has now passed in both houses! At a time when it seems EE is under attack in the political realm, this signifies a shining light - a nod to what we all know to be true: Wisconsin is rich in natural heritage and getting children to take part in and enjoy the outdoors is critical. Critical for their wellbeing and that of the planet. So, let's celebrate this small victory and know that EE is still strong in Wisconsin. We are, after all hosting the biggest convention in the field this year. We're also rallying and working with all state EE agencies (WAEE, WCEE, WEEB, WEEF) to strategize for the future. Not to mention we're planning a kick-butt awards ceremony for you this spring - we'll see you there! 


NAAEE Conference

Call for Presentations - From Inspiration to Impact
October 19-22, 2016 Madison, Wisconsin
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2016
More information

The Department of Natural Resource's MacKenzie Center  
Join the MacKenzie team! We are looking for four energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our 2016 Summer Internship Program. We have openings on our Wildlife, Education, and Facilities and Grounds teams. 
Application deadline is March 1
Intern descriptions and application instructions

2015 Statu
s 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 21

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

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

Natural Resources Careers Workshop at Trees for Tomorrow

High school students and graduating seniors - explore your passion and explore a career in the outdoors!
Monday - Friday, June 13-17, 2016
Eagle River, WI
Learn more

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 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 Feb. 11 and March 10 from 10–11 a.m.

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.

Fieldtrip Opportunity

Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo
Choose Wednesday May 18 or Thursday May 19, 2016
Transportation Funding Available 

As the school year is wrapping up, students and educators can still extend learning outdoors. Join us at DNR’s MacKenzie Center in Poynette for this year’s youth expo. 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
. Click here for more information.   

Upcoming KEEP Energy Education Courses

All courses are worth 1 graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point (some are available as Audit)
Course Fee: $100 unless otherwise noted (assumes scholarship granted)

Visit KEEP's Professional Development Calendar  or see Upcoming KEEP Courses listed by geographical location.

BTC Institute Summer Programs

Teacher Courses
Biotechnology: The Basics  June 27- July 1, 2016
Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics  July 11-15, 2016
There will be no course fee and stipends will be available for those who qualify. Optional graduate education credits will be available, if paid for by the participant, from Viterbo University and Edgewood College.  Click here for registration and more information. 
Students in grades 8 and 9
Camp Biotech One: The Wonders of DNA 
Camp Biotech Two: The Return of DNA
Cost: $380 (included all materials; lunch and snacks; scholarships are available). Click here  for registration and details. Click here for camp course descriptions and testimonial.

Aldo Leopold
Nature Center
Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire Training

Wednesday, March 16, 2016  9am - 5pm
More information
Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level 1
Monday, May 16, 2016 8am - 5pm
Register here or call 608-221-0404 x0
Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level 2
Monday, June 13, 2016   8am - 5pm
Register here or call 608-221-0404 x0

2016 WI Youth Conservation Camp Opportunities

Sand Lake Conservation Camp - Middle school youth
WI Lane + Later Conservation Association Youth Conservation Camp - High School youth
These camps provide fun outdoor experiences, help foster an appreciation for nature, and introduce a variety of opportunities in natural resources and conservation careers.

More information

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