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We are happy to announce that we have moved to an online membership provider, Wild Apricot. Existing members will receive an email notification when your membership is about to expire. You will be able to renew online with ease. New members will also be able to join through our website. Update your member profile now by using the email linked with your WAEE membership. The first time you log in, it will prompt you to reset your password. Questions? Contact usThe WAEE board has had to make the tough decision to increase membership dues. On July 1, 2015 the membership dues will change to the following:
Individual                 $35
Retired                     $25
Student                    $25
Organization            $100  
In order to benefit from the current membership rates, extend your membership by renewing for an additional year before the July 1.

- WAEE Membership Committee


Thank YOU!

On Friday May 29th the Joint Finance Committee voted to restore the DPI EE consultant position to the 2015-2017 biennial budget. They also eliminated  the language which would have removed the statutory authority for the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. Thank you for all your hard work to bring about these changes! Your efforts clearly made a difference.
On the same day, the Joint Finance Committee accepted the Governor's recommendations related to the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.  There is still some debate about what will actually occur. Our current understanding is the general grant program and Board will be eliminated June 30th 2015 and the forestry grant program will be eliminated June 30th 2016.  It is unclear how the forestry program will be administered if the WEEB does not exist.  
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Celebrate Our Future Leaders

Escuela Verde and its students are leading the way in developing outstanding environmental action projects. As a Senior Capstone, students choose an eco-justice issue, take action, measure their impact, reflect, and present their findings. Through these projects, students are taking risks, developing collaboration skills, and becoming future leaders for a more sustainable world.

Escuela Verde was honored with the Earth Guard Award in 2014. This award is presented in recognition of student leadership in developing and conducting outstanding environmental action projects.
Only 2 weeks left to nominate the remarkable students, educators, administrators, schools and organizations that inspire you!  The nomination process is as simple as using this online form.  Check out the website for award descriptions and past winners

Nominations due June 30

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MEEC Countdown

124 days until the Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC) happening in Madison, WI, Oct. 21-24! While we are still working on the finishing touches of online registration, check out the website to see information posted on single day, multi-day, and full conference registration for your budget planning purposes. We aim to have the online registration open later this month. Consider becoming  a Vendor, For-profit or Non-profit Exhibitor, or Conference Sponsor. Complete the online form.

As part of the MEEC the Wisconsin Teacher Educators Network for Environmental Education (TENFEE) will be hosting a workshop and meeting October 22-23. Teacher educators will have the opportunity to learn about EE opportunities and connect with other methods professors to explore ways to meet Wisconsin DPI guidance regarding EE preparation.  Read More
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Member Highlight
Madelin Petz
Food Systems Education Outreach Specialist

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and UW Extension are pleased to announce the recently released Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework! 

The Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework was created and designed to support and unite existing efforts, together boosting and growing food systems education throughout the state. Teaching about food systems is complicated and often challenging. This document is a guide for formal and non-formal educators, whether they are updating existing pK-12 curricula, creating a new curriculum, or developing community programming for food systems education. The framework enables comprehensive education about food systems, presented in a logical sequence so as to facilitate application at any educational level. The framework allows for cohesion and consistency in what is now a fundamentally essential area of education in Wisconsin.

The Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework is not a curriculum itself. Rather, the framework provides the foundation and organizing structure through which curricula, activity guides, programs, specific lessons, and other teaching materials are developed, whether that be in a pK-12 setting or a community setting. As food systems understandings evolve, along with our food systems themselves, the framework will too evolve.

Many individuals and organizations provided input in developing this conceptual framework. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education conducted a survey to gather information about food systems literacy and education from individuals, businesses, and organizations in Wisconsin who are involved in some aspect of food systems work. The WCEE also collaborated with the UW Extension - Cooperative Extension Community Food Systems Team to generate concept ideas and provide comments and edits on drafts of the framework. Existing conceptual frameworks, such as the K-12 Energy Education Program—A Conceptual Guide in Wisconsin and the Learning, Experiences, & Activities in Forestry (LEAF)—A Conceptual Guide to K-12 Forestry Education in Wisconsin, were used as references for the organization of this document. In the fall of 2014, over 25 educators from schools and communities throughout the state came together to shape the Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework, crafting the suggested scope and sequence section at an all day workshop. Attendees dissected the framework and aligned the concepts to the grade levels at which they should ideally be taught, while also discussing how to apply the framework in environments outside of pK-12.​

We invite you to take a moment to explore the document. The publication is available as a pdf on the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education website, or as a flipbook, available here.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback, and look forward to working with you as food systems education programming evolves and grows throughout the state.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Madelin Petz
Food Systems Education Outreach Specialist
Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

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

From the Chair

The solstice is nearly here and so many are out taking advantage of these long, warm days.  I find myself making every excuse I can to be outside taking long walks, reading in the shade, lying in the grass with my 10 month old son.  As summer comes in I find myself torn between what I want to do and what I can do, as I am sure so many us are.  My wife and I are always talking and planning grand adventures, some come true, others remain goals for the future.  However, having a 10 month old makes some of those grand adventures a bit further in the future!
But that said, my son shows me the grand adventures that abound in our small grassy backyard.  He is thrilled by the seeds of silver maples as the helicopter past.  Dandelions are a beautiful flower to hold (and maybe eat).  Robins bounding in the grass draw his eye and attention.  My son is making me look at the adventures that can be had in nature in my own backyard too!  Sure, Yosemite is grand and perhaps a possibility in the future, but today I will more than likely spend an hour or two lying in the grass looking at the fine toothed lobes of a maple or throwing helicopters around for my son to take wonder in!
As you go off this summer on your own adventures, take time to notice all the beauty in nature that is more often near.  Plan and make goals, but take time as well to revel in those little things in our natural world as well.  And, have a grand summer! 

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair

Upcoming Events
Pollinator Day 
Wehr Nature Center
- Milwaukee County Parks
Saturday June 27, 1-4pm
Pollinators are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Flowers and food depend on them, and so do we! This event will feature bee keeping demos, honey tasting, live monarch butterflies, pollinator hikes, and much more. Make a pollinator plant seed ball or a native bee house, and learn how you can be a friend to pollinators. More event info at

Summer Natural History Workshops at UW Milwaukee Field Station
Spaces are still available in some of our summer workshops! Come out to the Field Station and participate in one of our workshops.  Our workshops offer an opportunity to study focused topics at college-level instruction under the guidance of experts.  We offer one-day, two-day and week-long workshops, and housing and meals are available at the Station. Enrollment is limited to 20, the atmosphere is informal and instruction is individualized. These 4 workshops still have openings.
  • Aquatic Invertebrates.  July 17 - 18
  • Ecological Geology. July 27 - 31
  • Invasive Plant Management Techniques. September 19
  • Wetland Restoration. September 25-26
Find out more
Earn a credit at The Energy Fair – Register for the course Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair
The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education is offering a course titled Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living at the Energy Fair, on June 19-21 in Custer, Wis. This course provides educators with an opportunity to learn about renewable energy and sustainable living technologies and applications, and receive hands-on activities and project ideas, while networking with other educators and professionals in the energy field. This course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit, audit, or as a workshop. Visit the Professional Development Calendar to view course flyer and register.

NRES 621: Special Topics: Artistry and Forestry
Date: August 8-9
at the Mackenzie Center in Poynette
Art teachers- learn how to integrate art and nature through hands-on activities and experiences while immersed in the beauty of the outdoors with the new art curriculum from LEAF.  Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently teach in the outdoor classroom and integrate art lessons with forestry content.  The  class will consist of a two day hands-on experience, followed by coursework to be completed during the fall at the participant's school.  Food and lodging is paid by a grant from WEEB.  A limited number of scholarships are also available, bringing the cost of one graduate credit to $85. You may also choose to audit.   For details go to LEAF's Professional Development CalendarRegistration deadline: July 31st.

NEW ONLINE FORMAT: Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Workshop
Have you always wanted a copy of PLT's award-winning curriculum, but have been too far away or time-constrained to attend a typical workshop?  You're in you have an online option!  This online workshop is specifically designed to help you engage your students in learning about the environment--both outside and indoors--while meeting your PD requirements on your own time, at your convenience.  Participants receive an online copy of PLT's Environmental Education Activity Guide after completing the 4-hour self-paced workshop.  Go to for details.  Cost $40  Registration deadline:  open

Register to become a Green & Healthy School – Play the Cool Choices game in the fall of 2015 
Engage your staff and/or students in an electronic game, Cool Choices, which will help you in completing the GHS application in a fun, easy, and social way. This game is only available to schools certified as Green & Healthy Schools! Sign up now to be included in a future game to launch in the fall of 2015! 


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