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Join us for the Annual WAEE Member Meeting at the MEEC!
Friday, October 23, 4pm-5pm
Monona Terrace, Madison, WI

Membership Report
Financial Report
Door Prizes


Finally on the Agenda!

The Joint Assembly meets October 20 and will (voice) vote on Assembly Joint Resolution 27, now known as the Children's Outdoor Heritage Resolution. 
Here’ the link to the calendar:

You may attend if you're in the area - or you can watch on Wisconsin Eye. 
A special thanks to Representatives Taylor and Theisfeldt for taking the steps to get it on the agenda.
Thanks to all of you, too, for your support!

Here's to a successful vote!


Celebrating Excellence

October 24, 2015 
Monona Terrace, Madison

Dave Engleson WAEE Award: WEEB Past & Present
Earthguard Award: Lake Mills School District
WAEE Administrator of the Year: Charles Eaton
WAEE Formal Educator of the Year: Marta Sells
WAEE Non-formal Educator of the Year: Ken Keffer
WAEE Student of the Year: Amanda Kyle

If you can't attend, you can still donate in honor of the award winners.

Other organizations presenting awards will be LEAF, KEEP and the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education.



Be a Presenter

Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended to November 2

January 22-24, 2016
Treehaven, Tomahawk

It Takes a Village: Promoting Societal Change Through EE

Strand 1: Connection & Collaboration - share how you or your organization works with both environmental and non-environmental groups to promote change. 

Strand 2: Communicating Your Message - do you have an interesting way of teaching a subject:  Do you incorporate new technology in to your environmental lessons?

Presentation Proposal Form
Voyageur Canoe Races at the MEEC

Have you signed up for the Voyageur Canoe Races at the MEEC?
Now is your chance to join with members of your state, your organization, or other paddle enthusiasts to compete in the parade and races! This spectacular living history extravaganza will take place on Lake Monona in front of the Monona Terrace and Convention Center on Sat. Oct. 24, from 1-3:30 pm. Canoes paddled by seven or eleven voyageurs (for 24- and 34-foot canoes, respectively) will parade in front of the Terrace and then compete in 300-yard race heats. Prizes will be awarded for the best voyageur regalia (outfits), the best team song performance (during the parade), fastest race time for division (24-ft or 34-ft), and team with the most sponsorship.
If you've never paddled a voyageur canoe before, that's okay! You can join an open team led by an experienced steersman (gouvernais). A $5 entry fee and completed participant waiver are required. 
This event is also a fundraiser - teams can get sponsorships to shave seconds off of their race time! Sponsorships can be made online or in donation jars at the MEEC.
Are you as excited as we are? Sign up here! Still have questions? The sign up questionnaire will likely answer some of your questions. You can also contact race event chairs Amy Workman, or Steve Kerlin, See you at the MEEC!​


WAEE Bylaws Vote Results
Thanks to our members, all six amendments proposed by the current Board of Directors in May passed by electronic ballot. In summary, the proposed amendments: 
1) Eliminated the previous specification of seven membership categories, giving flexibility to the current and future BODs to add or delete membership categories as needed;
2) Added the specification of two designated delegates for organizational membership;
3) Changed the "Lifetime Member" category from a one-time contribution to an awarded category given to a member by the BOD in recognition of outstanding service to WAEE;
4) Changed the "Retired Member" category to "Senior Member," extending the discounted rate to members age 65 or over regardless of employment status;
5) Eliminated the "Family Membership" category as it was sparsely used, and;
6) Add a "Veteran Membership" category, extending the discounted rate to any individual who has served in any branch of the US military.
The BOD would like to thank all members who participated in the electronic ballot! 

WEEB Grant Opportunity

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Announces
Environmental Education Grant Program
The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) is seeking proposals for the 2016 grant cycle. The Board anticipates awarding $90,000 for general environmental education grants, $90,000 for forestry grants, and $90,000 for school forest grants. Projects may begin January 1, 2016 and must be completed by December 31, 2016.
Proposals are due October 31, 2015.  For an application packet or more information about the program see the Board’s website at or contact Ginny Carlton, Administrative Specialist, at 715/346-3805, email:

More Opportunities

"Every Kid in a Park"
This school year, fourth graders in the United States and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters.  The program is part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.  Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the holder and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

Please pass this information along to increase knowledge about this excellent opportunity to the public, coworkers, families, schools, organizations, communities/municipalities, etc.  Below are links to more information and also attached is a question/answer document about the program, including how to sign up, teacher/educator information, etc.

From the Chair

October is a favorite month of mine, always has been.  I have many reasons to love this month, I am sure you do as well.  However, October and fall is quite busy for a teacher, particularly a new teacher.  But, there is always time to slip away, there has to be.  One way I love to slip away is on a silent lake by canoe.  As I enjoy those moments on lake, I know that the colors and warmth of an October afternoon are not to last forever, I must keep my mind from thinking about the future, but focusing on the moment.
Take some time to slip away this month too!  Slip away from all the noise of life, but do be sure to slip back into life in two weeks, somewhere around Monona Terrace in Madison.  I cannot believe that MEEC is nearly here, the WAEE members and board  have put together a truly unforgettable event in an iconic Wisconsin setting.  We hope you are making plans to join us in Madison!
Fall is grand, enjoy these days of color and warmth on a silent Wisconsin lake or with friends (new and old) in Madison!

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair

Upcoming Events
New Online Format for PLT K-8 Workshop
Upcoming Project Learning Tree Workshops
Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for more information:

 PLT Workshop for Secondary Educators
  • Madison area (location TBD)
  • Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 - 12:00
  • Cost of $5 thanks to a WEEB grant
  • Contact to register

Facilitate student-centered energy action in your school building all year long.

The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) is excited to host an event on the UW-Stevens Point campus as part of the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival. "Small Actions Add Up: Investigations in Energy Efficiency for Students" is a FREE workshop for middle and high school students and their teachers on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Students and their teachers receive hands-on training using professional technological tools, conduct an energy audit of several rooms on the UW-Stevens Point campus, and practice developing energy conservation recommendations based upon their findings. Registration is open (, but space is limited!


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