WAEE Bulletin - July 2013

WAEE Bulletin

July 2013

WAEE Annual Conference - Making EE Relevant at Home, Work, School & Play

August 7-9, 2013 - UW-La Crosse & EcoPark

WAEE is excited to bring you an amazing line up of speakers and presenters at this year’s Annual Conference.
Want to come, but afraid you are going to miss the early-bird deadline?  You are in luck.  The early-bird deadline has been extended to Monday, July 22.  
Our conference will be keynoted this year by Jordan Howard.  She is a 21 year old thought leader at the intersection of sustainability, environmental education and youth empowerment. As one of the youngest sustainability educators and green school champions, Jordan understands education is empowerment and has made it her mission to provide youth with the inspiration and tools to create the change they want to see in their schools, communities, and cities
Join us for a Pre-Conference workshop on August 6 with Jen Stanchfield.  “The Art and Science of Experiential Group Facilitation and Teaching:  Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Facilitating Meaningful and Productive Group Work, Teaching, and Reflection” will be on Tuesday, August 6 at the EcoPark in La Crosse. 
Other highlights of the conference include:
The Goodwill Clothing Drive & Fashion Show:  Just in time for school, there will be a clothing swap at the WAEE Conference. Bring lightly worn/used clothing and accessories and swap them out for new-to-you wardrobe additions. If swapping isn’t your thing, but you’d like to clean out your closet, clothing donations will be accepted. All unclaimed clothing and accessories will be donated to a charitable cause. 
Find out how easy it is to put together a low cost wardrobe for the school year during a one of a kind EE fashion show. At WAEE’s Goodwill Fashion Show models of all ages, shapes, and sizes are invited to show off their creativity in putting together a trendy outfit on a thrifty budget. 
Author’s Hour:  WAEE will be hosting an Author's Hour on Thursday, August 8 after lunch to showcase regional authors who use nature as their muse.  Find books, stories, poetry to bring literacy back to your classroom, nature center or program.
Silent & Live Auctions:  Support WAEE’s scholarship program by donating and participating in the Auctions at the conference.



August 1

WAEE Board of Director Nominations Opens

August 7-9

WAEE Annual Conference
at UW-La Crosse/EcoPark

September 25-28, 2013

Seasons of Plenty
Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC)
Coralville, IA

November 9

Celebrate Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet
at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

January 24-26

WAEE Winter Workshop
at Treehaven

Save the Date

Nominations are officially closed and the Awards Committee is hard at work reviewing Award Nominations.  WAEE invites you to join us as we recognize these amazing Educators at the "Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education"  An evening of awards and recognition.  This event co-hosted by the WAEE, Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program and the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program.
The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a social hour, dinner and the awards ceremony, ending with the close of the silent auction.

Save the Date

November 9, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Monona, WI

Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Winter Workshop

January 24-26, 2014

at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

See you there!

July: Plants & School Yard Gardens

from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Resources Library

Each month the EE Resources Library posts recommended resources to keep educators update on teaching materials available to the through the WCEE EE Resources Library (WAEE Organizational Member) to rent or for purchase.  This month's edition of the Resources Corner includes resources on plants & school yard gardens, visit the Educators's Resource Corner on for all the details.

Have a recommendation on teaching material or book?  Contact the WCEE EE Resources Library at or call 715.346.4254.

End of Summer PD

Learn how to successfully plan events that will help you raise the money you need to continue your field program. Fundraising guru Betsy Hart will share tips and tricks of planning large events to meet your goals and how to plan for long-term sustainability. Teams of  board members, teachers, parents are highly encouraged to attend. 


Got Dirt?

Never gardened? The Got Dirt? Garden toolkit is designed to provide simple, step-by-step plans for starting a garden. Even better…tips from garden experts and garden success stories from around Wisconsin are also included. 


Got Veggies?

Got Veggies? is a garden-based nutrition education curriculum created with the goal of getting children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Got Veggies? features seven full lesson plans that are aligned with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Health, Science, and other related subjects.  A series of shorter garden-based activities are also included, as well as fun recipes and helpful tips for cooking and eating in the garden.  This curriculum provides an all around great way to nurture students’ interest in growing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables!


Garden Based Learning Blog

The Garden Based Learning blog from Cornell University is a companion to their excellent website Cornell Garden-Based Learning, where they provide free on-line resources for educators, using the garden as a vibrant foundation for integrated learning and youth development. Cornell Garden-Based Learning is part of the Department of Horticulture and Cooperative Extension at Cornell University. Their mission is to provide educators with inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.  

Updates from the WAEE Board

Nothing is quiet at the WAEE office. We are so happy to have Katie Perryman-Gebhardt join the WAEE Team as the administrative assistant. Her first day was July 8th. She has hit the ground running. Welcome Aboard Katie!!
We had a wonderful time at the Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Custer, WI June 21-23rd. Over 25 people attended the WAEE Networking Hour. Kudos to Stefan Anderson, Emily Brown, Jodi Hermsen, and Sandy Vander Velden for helping with the event.
Conference planning mode is in full force. Registration is open online. Take advantage of the early bird registration now!! For those who have been on conference planning team committees, you know the work that goes into events like this. You are all in for a real treat this year. The committee has done a great job bringing outstanding speakers and organizing a fabulous professional development opportunity for us. You don’t want to miss it this year. We are still seeking local authors for our author hour and donation items for the auction. Please help spread the word or consider contributing.
Last but not least, we are extending our search to fill one more student board member spot that would start in September. Please help spread the word about this leadership opportunity.
Thanks for your support and dedication to environmental education in WI.
See you in La Crosse!!
Susan Schuller
WAEE Chair 2013

Goodbye/ Hello

It is time for me to say goodbye as the WAEE Administrator.  I have loved working with all of you over the years.  Your energy and passion for environmental education inspire me, I leave every conference with renewed energy and excitement because of you.  Though I may be leaving WAEE, I am not going far.  I will see many of you at conferences and connect via email as I transition into the Site Administrator.  I am excited at the new opportunity to support and serve Wisconsin's Environmental Education community in a different way.  So this is "so long, we'll see you later," not goodbye.  Over the next few weeks, I will be transitioning with Katie, the new WAEE Administrator and we will both see you at the WAEE Annual Conference in La Crosse.  
All the Best,

Hello I am Katie Perryman-Gebhardt the new WAEE Administrator. I am so excited to join the WAEE team. I have been working on the UWSP campus for 2.5 years and I have another part time position in the College of Professional Studies. I am a UWSP alumni with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife. I am passionate about Environmental Education, living sustain-ably, and being a good steward of the earth's natural resources. In this position I will be able to combine my administrative skills and knowledge of Environmental Education to serve the WAEE. My husband, 3 year old daughter, and I live East of Stevens Point in a 118 year old school house. We have two large gardens in the summer and love to cross country ski in the winter.


Riveredge Nature Center's Student Research Symposium

Celebrating student research in biology, ecology, and environmental studies.
Th is symposium will address the interconnections among species and how changes in the environment may be impacting ecosystems.
There will be cash prizes for symposium winners.  
Call for Presenters is due September 30, 2013

For all the details visit Riveredge's Symposium website

GreenWorks! Grant Program

Deadline: September 30, 2013
The Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant program provides funding for service-learning projects led by students, such as school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration plans, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects. Grants are available in two award levels: the traditional GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 and GreenWorks! grants up to $3,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools! Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, have a project that involves service learning, have at least one community partner, and must secure a 50 percent match (in-kind or cash). Applicants for the Registered PLT GreenSchools! grants must register on the PLT GreenSchools! website, have an established Green Team, have completed one or more of the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations, and have a project based on the findings of one or more of the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations.

Natural Resources Foundation Grants

Announcing the 2013 Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Small Grants Program!
Are you a teacher needing a little extra funding to take your students into the field? Does your nature center, land trust, local municipality, or other nonprofit have a conservation project that needs funding? Check out our small grants program. The application is due September 6, 2013.
The Teachers Outdoor Environmental Education Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 for public school teachers (K-12) to undertake outdoor environmental education projects.  

Grants ranging from $100-$1000 are awarded annually to projects of programs in Wisconsin that: benefit the public, involve management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources, and/or contribute to knowledge about Wisconsin’s natural resources through education.  Recipients are required to match the grant award on a 1:1 basis with funds or in-kind services.

WPS Energy Challenge

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is once again challenging community non-profit organizations in its electric service area to participate in the third annual “WPS Energy Challenge." Up to twenty selected non-profits could earn up to $1,500 for their energy conservation efforts, as well as helping other community members save energy. 

Application deadline is August 23, 2013.  Visit the Energy Challenge website for all the details and to apply.


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