WAEE Bulletin - November 2013

WAEE Bulletin

November 2013

A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet

November 9, 2013


More photos on Facebook.
The Aldo Leopold Nature Center was filled to the brim with awards winners and their supporters.
It was so uplifting to see so many passionate environmental educators in one room.

Thank you to all who made this event a success:

Event Planning Committee:
Katie Boseo, Carol Fisher, Jesse Haney
Jodi Hermsen, Gretchen Marshall ,Molly McKay
Katie Perryman-Gebhardt ,Victoria Rydberg,Sara Windjue

Awards Winnders are:
Administrator of the Year Award:

Dean Sanders 
Student Award:
Shaina Stewart 
Formal Educator of the Year:
Chris McNeill 
Non-Formal Educator of the Year: 
Jeff Nania 
Earth Guard Award:
Fox River Academy Ravine Team
Dave Engleson Award:
Victoria Rydberg
Aldo Leopold Award:
Jodi Hermsen 



January 24-26, 2014

WAEE Winter Workshop
at Treehaven

August 13-15, 2014
WAEE Annual Conference 
in Stevens Point, WI 

December 6-7 
Meeting Common Core Literacy Standards through Environmental Topics

These two days are focused on the theme of winter survival.
On Friday, participants will delve into the Literacy Common Core
Standards, and on Saturday this topic will be explored fully
On Saturday, participants can choose from a beginner's
track focused on how to teach in the outdoors

Save The Date

January 24-26, 2014
at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Registration coming soon!

Join the state organization as they host their annual professional development and networking workshop in Tomahawk, WI.  Enhance your portfolio, share your skills, expand your knowledge, and help enhance environmental education in Wisconsin. Be a part of this amazing workshop by sharing your work with others.
Presentation proposals are due today.
Workshop Theme: Survival or Revival

Survival:  How do you survive winter?  How does Nature survive winter?  What great survival stories related to EE do you have to share? What can you do to help your organization survive (grant writing, garnering community support, etc.)?  What adaptations have helped your EE programs survive and prosper?
Revival:  What revives you about winter?  How do you stay sharp and focused?  What techniques do you have to help infuse new life into a program?  What new ideas would you like to share?

Save The Date

WAEE Annual Conference August 13-15 2013.
The annual conference will be a collaborative effort between WAEE and Green and Healthy Schools.

Call for presenters!
This year’s conference theme is “40 Years of Collaboration.” 
Share your success story of collaboration related to: 
  • Increasing Environmental & Sustainability Literacy 
  • Reducing Environmental Impact & Costs 
  • Improving Health & Wellness

Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving


This year’s holiday tips offer more ways to make your Thanksgiving meal an opportunity to support sustainable agriculture, reduce your water use and go on a low carb(on) diet.

1. Eat organic. We’ve all heard it before but it’s pretty simple. Eating organic doesn’t pollute our drinking water or air, and reduces your carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Meet a farmer. Take a trip to your local farmers’ market to savory locally grown produce and handcrafted goods.

3. Skip Meat. Think of the factory farms (where most turkeys live their miserable lives before ending up on your dining room platter).

4. Adopt-a-Turkey. Some lucky farm animals were rescued from the cruel, inhumane conditions of industrial farms. They are now enjoying blissful, grassy fields at farm sanctuaries and need your support.

5. End Hunger Year Round. Food Pantries and support groups like Mazon, Bread for the World and Meals on Wheels are delivering meals to millions of people every day but also working to change the system so that there is no hunger in America.

6. Save your scraps. The average US family wastes $600 in food annually. Rather than throwing out uneaten fruits and veggies, transform them in a compost bin. 

7. Grow. So, now that you have a compost bin, it probably makes sense to have a place to put that mulch. You can start simple with some herbs or grow a garden.

8. Drink local water. Ironically, Americans spend $18 billion on bottled water, much of which is actually tap water but has the added bonus of the plastic’s toxic chemicals leaching into the water

Civil Eats for more information on how to eat sustain-ably.

It is almost that time again...

November 23rd
Opening day of the gun deer hunting season:

Hunters please be careful and consider using non-toxic shot this year to help save wildlife.
1. Non-lead bullets are extremely effective.
2. Ensure the highest quality of meat from a harvest. (When using lead bullets, fragments of lead end up in the meat- no matter how careful you are about cleaning)
3. Prevent lethal collateral damage to wildlife.

For more information: 


Plan Ahead For Your Spring Professional Development

LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, has a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities planned for spring, including “Forestry Education in the Wisconsin K-12 Classroom” and “Human Influence on Wisconsin’s Forests.”  LEAF courses are offered online or in a hybrid format, and can contribute to your PDP or be taken for graduate credit from UW Stevens Point.
Limited scholarships are available—please see our professional development calendar or go to for more information.


Updates from the WAEE Board

Chair Update
As was mentioned in the last newsletter we received an EE Capacity Grant for over $30,000 to help build capacity for EE across Wisconsin in the coming year. The Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Ceremony in Madison November 9 was a huge success. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center was filled to the brim with environmental educators. The evening went beautifully and everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to all the event organizers.
We have proposed some bylaw changes and we did receive some feedback at the member meeting on November 9th. There will be a ballot sent out to members in the next few days.
The board member nominations have been received and the ballot will be sent out in the next few days. And we will soon be holding elections for new board members starting January 2014.
The board has decided to create a new website for WAEE in the next few months, please be patient as we changeover from the old website to the new one. We will keep you updated on the progress.

Susan Schuller
WAEE 2013 Chair

Board of Directors Election Ballot will be sent out in the next few days. 
Check your inboxes! You mail email the ballot, mail the ballot, or download the ballot from our website.

Proposed Bylaw Changes
All members will receive an email ballot ion the next few days to vote on the proposed by-law changes. The member meeting on November 9th had low attendance and so the board has decided to vote on the by-law changes through email. check your inboxes. 

Website changes:
The board has decided to change the website format and to take the website off the UWSP Sharepoint host. The board has established an aggressive timeline for changing over to the new website. 
The goal is to have the new website go public by the end of January 2014.
We will keep you posted on this changeover.

Minutes have been posted to the website for all the board meetings this year up until November.

November meeting minutes will be posted in the next week.
I apologize for the delay in getting those minutes posted. 

FREE professional development supporting environmental education, STEM, and Literacy CCSS at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo.

December 6-7 – Meeting Common Core Literacy Standards through Environmental Topics

These two days are focused on the theme of winter survival. On Friday, participants will delve into the Literacy Common Core Standards through this theme (both inside and out) guided by DPI consultants, and on Saturday this topic will be explored fully outside! How comfortable are you with teaching in the outdoors? On Saturday, participants can choose from a beginner's track focused on how to teach in the outdoors (sponsored by the Jeffers Foundation) and or more advanced participants can explore implementing an outdoor survival unit.
Logistics and Registration:
Each weekend is free of charge and set up as one event; however, you can register for either Friday, Saturday or both Friday and Saturday. The workshops will run from 9 am - 3 pm at the Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo and are open to both formal and non-formal educators. Lunch will be provided during each day of the workshop.
For those teachers registering for Friday, we have funding to provide schools with a $95 substitute expense reimbursement. Alternately, if you do not need substitute reimbursement or would like to attend both days, we are offering Friday night dinner and lodging along with Saturday morning breakfast.
Funding for these workshops is made possible through a WEEB grant. Hosted by the Wisconsin Green Schools Network, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Jeffers Foundation, and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Space is limited. Register now!
Rural Solid Waste Management Grant

December 31, 2013
Previous grants have ranged up to $300,000
Approximately 35
This U.S. Department of Agriculture grant was created to
evaluate current landfill conditions to determine threats to
water resources. Funds will help provide technical assistance
and/or training to enhance operator skills, reduce solid waste
streams, and develop and implement closure, future land use,
and safety and maintenance plans.
Private nonprofit organizations; public bodies;
Native American tribes or groups; and academic institutions

The Surdna Foundation - Sustainable Environments Program Grant
Available amount: Up to $500,000

The Surdna Foundation - Sustainable Environments Program Grant
Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time.
Focusing on urban areas and their surrounding suburbs, the Foundation seeks solutions that connect
and improve infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental,
economic and social consequences. The program seeks to overhaul outdated and crumbling infrastructure
with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities.
Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States

Previous grants have ranged up to $500,000
Approximately 50


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