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Its Time to Take Action!

By now you have heard our many calls to action in response to the proposed state budget. Read the overview. This budget is an attack on EE in our state and we call on our members to speak up! Environmental educators have a passion for environmental and for people - show that passion.  
The Save EE in Wisconsin Team has outlined some clear ways to take action:

Write your Legislator
Write the Governor
Testify at a Local Budget Forum
Sign the Petition

Share the Press Release 

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates

Get Involved

WI's Conservation Legacy is also under attack. View the League of Conservation Voters analysis of conservation related budget items. 


What Makes a Leader in EE?

In 2014 Susan Cantrell Gilchrist was honored for her dedication to EE with WAEE's most prestigious award, the Aldo Leopold Award. Learn more

Wisconsin is nationally and internationally renowned for its leadership in EE. Our state continues to produce some of the best and the brightest in the country. Do you know one of these individuals or organizations? 

Now, more than ever, it is essential that we honor these leaders and their contribution to our field!

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

Nominate Someone
Moving Memberships Forward! Exciting updates to membership are coming soon: online membership directory, online renewals and event registration, and more!

Interested in joining the Membership Committee? Contact the Membership Chair


What is a SIG?

The Wisconsin Nature Centers Collaborative webpage has gone live!

This Special Interest Group (or SIG) within WAEE, is a collaboration of 118 nature centers from all over the state. Its purpose is to increase their capacity and impact through networking, collaboration, professional development, as well as through services to schools and the public.

We hope to support regular collaboration efforts to increase the number diversity of citizens that participate in EE programming, coordinate programming efforts across organizations, offer professional development and other resources, and partner together to secure funding. If you have any questions or comments about the new webpages please send them to Dr. Steve Kerlin and Joy Kacoroski

Also check out TENFEE page, the Teacher Educators Network for EE is another SIG of WAEE. Future WAEE conferences/workshops will provide opportunities for SIGs to meet. If you are interested in forming a SIG please contact WAEE for more information.

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Member Highlight

Students, Put Your Passion to the Test!

Being a student board member of WAEE has provided me one of the greatest gifts I could ask for: A renewed passion for the great people, work, and future of environmental education in the state of Wisconsin.

Hands down, supporters of WAEE are some of the most inspiring people you will ever meet. Board members, members at large, and organizational partners alike have captured the uncanny ability to continue to reinvigorate the legacy of providing quality environmental education throughout the state. The opportunities to network, recognize and earn recognition, attend conferences / workshops, and advocate for the role of environmental education are virtually limitless. However, nothing beats being a student board member and working with this inspired bunch first hand. An annual weekend retreat (filled with kabobs and conversation!) and three board meetings smattered across the state provide ample chance to create a lasting relationship with fellow board members while working together to make a positive impact on greater appreciation of our special places.

If you are a self-directed, motivated, passionate individual with an interest in furthering environmental education in the state and representing the needs of student WAEE members, then put your passion to the test. Send your nomination to today! See flier for details

Carly Swatek
Student Board Member

WAEE Student Board Member Position - open to full or part-time student majoring in EE or a related field. Are you a fun, responsible, person with an interest in furthering environmental education in the state and representing the needs of student WAEE members? This a a great networking opportunity and a fantastic way to build your resume!  See flyer for more details on how to apply.

Nominations Deadline: May 1

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
Spring seems to have come fast and furious this year.  One week was below zero for many of us quickly followed by the 50’s!  The weather is always a topic for discussion, and living in a region of the country that is susceptible to wide climatic swings, conversation is inevitable.  However, my weather conversations this time of year tend to remain cautiously optimistic.  Who can help but be excited by the warm sun, return of bird song, and the joys of walking outdoors WITHOUT your hat and gloves?  But we know better, to keep our eyes and ears peeled for what lurks to the north, to the west, will our sunny day change to a slushy snow?

Last month the 2015-2017 budget was introduced and the environmental education community (and many others) were dealt a financial blow.  Yet I do remain cautiously optimistic in the abilities of environmental educators to continue to make an impact on our citizens, our communities, our state.  

WAEE is committed to meeting the needs of environmental educators this year and beyond.  In the coming days the Board will gather at Black Earth to discuss our goals and priorities for the year and how the 2015-2017 budget will affect us.  But we will also gather as a collective group to work on MEEC, membership, and how we can best serve WAEE, plus some fun as well.  

Spring is here, our cautious optimism will soon give way to undivided confidence that the warmer weather will stay.  As this year progresses the WAEE will weather the changes that come and continue to meet the needs of our members.  I am hoping you will join me in being cautiously optimistic too, knowing that our work is important and has immense value for our citizens, communities, and state.

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair
Upcoming Events

Greater Milwaukee Region Networking Event
Date: Friday, April 10
Location: Mequon Nature Preserve, Mequon
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Steve Kerlin
Networking and professional development opportunity for WI EE Consortium and partners from area nature centers and environmental education organizations.

Project Learning Tree Secondary Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 25 
Location: Camp Tekakwitha in Shawano

Cost: $5, thanks to grant from WEEB
Registration Deadline: April 15            
Participants in this workshop will receive hands-on training in the use of PLT’s secondary modules, Focus on Forests and Forests of the World. These guides provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing concepts in biology, civics, ecology, economics, forest management, and other subject areas. The modules are closely aligned with Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects, and time will be spent addressing how the activities meet these standards. For more information visit and click o
n "professional development calendar." 

Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 25
Location: Pringle Nature Center in Bristol

Cost: $25
Registration Deadline: April 15
Spend a fun and activity-filled day getting hands-on experience with the award-winning environmental education program, Project Learning Tree. This workshop will help address state standards and provide educators with the tools they need to bring the environment into their classrooms and their students into the environment.  Note: Please BYO lunch.  For more information visit and click on "professional development calendar." 

Project Learning Tree Early Childhood Workshop
Date: Saturday, May 2

Location: UW - Stevens Point, TNR Building
Cost: $5, thanks to grant from WEEB
Contact: Kendra Liddicoat
Registration Deadline: April 22
Designed for children ages 3-6, PLT’s early childhood curriculum  integrates nature-based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement, and outdoor play into early childhood education programs.  Participants will receive a copy of Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood and a CD that helps bring music and movement into the classroom. Registry credit is also available.  

Wisconsin Adventure in Outdoor Education
Date: Friday - Sunday, May 1-3
Location: Wausau School Forest, Mosinee
Cost: $105
Contact: Dr. John W. Munson 
For 35 years, teachers, program leaders, administrators and adventure education practitioners have made the workshop an annual trek. Typically 100 people attend each year to build, renew, and share expertise to enhance curricular/program offerings. A highly trained staff leads sessions aimed at hands-on experiences immediately transferable to on-going programs. More info & registration

Lake Superior Youth Summit
Date: Thursday - Sunday, May 14 - 17
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Cost: $160
Participants will explore the challenges and accomplishments of managing and protecting Lake Superior ─ the largest body of freshwater by surface area on the planet! Students will take field trips to unique locations in the Thunder Bay area led by experts who will engage students in exciting learning experiences. Students will be invited to present their stewardship projects via oral presentations or display boards. More info & registration

Would you like to list your event in the next newsletter? Contact us!

Visit EE in Wisconsin for more upcoming events. All Wisconsin EE organizations are encouraged to post a profile on the site and showcase their programs. There's a directory for schools with strong EE programs too! 

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