WAEE Bulletin - March 2014

WAEE Bulletin

March 2014

Maple Sap is running! But slowly.

Did You Know.....
It is believed that the first people to discover that maple sap was edible, and tasty, were the Native Americans of the Great Lakes area. They had discovered and perfected the process of tapping maples for their sap before European settlers even arrived -- although the newcomers were very happy to quickly adopt this delicious practice! 

For sap to flow their need to be sunny days with temperatures in the 30s and 40s combined with nights in the 20s and teens. This warming and cooling cycle causes the tree to swell and shrink slightly, which forces sap out of the tap holes. Trees must also be about 40 years old and about 12 inches in diameter before they can be tapped, and it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. 

Wisconsin is one of the few areas in the United States with ideal spring conditions for maple sugaring. It is ranked Number 4 in the nation for maple syrup production 

Save The Date

WAEE Annual Conference August 13-15 2014.
The annual conference will be a collaborative effort between WAEE and Green and Healthy Schools.
Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher and administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one.
For more about Stephen Ritz


Bird City Wisconsin Summit
Friday - Saturday March 21-22
Best Western Oshkosh, WI

Master Naturalist Instructor Training
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
March 24-25th

WEEB Member nominations due by March 28, 2014.

NAAEE call for presenters is due by March 31, 2014.

Teams need to sign up at by April 1.

Nominations for Energy Educator Awards due by April 4, 2014.

Register by April 25th
34th Annual Adventures in Outdoor Education Workshop
Wausau School Forest
May 2-4

August 13-15
WAEE Annual Conference and
Green&Healthy Schools Institute 

in Stevens Point, WI


Senate Bill 619 creates a Model Academic Standards Board (“board”), composed of 16 
appointees as described below, and a procedure for development and adoption of state model 
academic standards. 
Under the bill, the new board is co-chaired by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee, and by an appointee of the Governor. 
The State Superintendent must appoint four members of the board.

The Governor must appoint six members of the board. 

DPI Testimony opposing senate Bill 619

Last chance to nominate an energy educator for 2014

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Energy Educator of the Year! Both a Formal and Non-formal Energy Educator of the Year will be chosen and will be awarded $1,000 to be used to further their energy education efforts. Learn more and to nominate a deserving educator. Winners will be recognized at the fall WAEE Awards Banquet. The due date for nominations is April 4, 2014.

Green & Healthy Schools Play Cool Choices Game
Multiple Green & Healthy Schools across Wisconsin are engaging staff, students, and other members of the school community in sustainable actions through the interactive, electronic game, Cool Choices. The Cool Choices game enables teams at schools to document sustainable actions for points! There are specific sustainable actions for everyone from administrators and support staff to teachers and students. Some examples are: biking/carpooling/walking to school; integrating environmental concepts into curricula; connecting with community resources such as local business and industry, etc. By using the Cool Choices online gaming approach to sustainable decision-making, sustainability becomes the social norm and creates a permanent behavior change in your school and your local community.
Read some sample success stories of how this game has helped whole schools embrace the Green & Healthy mentality by visiting. And, if you’re interested in registering your school for the March-May game, complete this brief form:

EECapacity announces the "Urban EE" project-based online learning community (UEE PLC) for educators and leaders in cities.

UEE PLC will run in Apr-Dec 2014, and will combine professional development webinars, access to urban EE-related publications, networking with peers, exchange of ideas, and writing short chapters for a future e-book on urban EE. Educators with any level of experience, and from any kind of urban organizations are welcome (e.g., from museums, schools, zoos, youth development programs, industry-based, friends of parks, community development organizations, stewardship-based, volunteers, environmental art-based, urban outdoor recreation, urban planning programs etc.).

Project WET/Project Learning Tree Workshop
Discounted Cost!

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Retzer Nature Center 
Project WET is a national interdisciplinary K-12 water education program designed to supplement existing curriculum. Project Learning Tree uses the forest as a "window" on the world to increase students' understanding of our environment.

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training
Saturday, April 12th 
9:00 – 5:00
Boston School Forest, Plover
Join us for an activity-filled day and learn how to teach others about using Project Learning Tree’s award-winning curriculum.  Facilitators are needed around the state to host PLT workshops for teachers and non-formal educators.  Previous exposure to the PLT curriculum at either the PreK-8 or Early Childhood level is required. Facilitators must commit to co-leading one workshop with a veteran facilitator within six months of training, as well as commit to facilitating at least one workshop annually after that. Current university students are welcome to apply.
For more information please contact Nicole at  Applications are available at and are due March 28th.  One graduate credit from UWSP may be available—contact Nicole for more details.

FREE Composting in Schools Workshop
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Presented by: Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
Dane County UW-Extension - Join composting experts as you discover how to introduce composting into your school.
Upcoming KEEP Courses
All courses are worth 1 graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point (some are available as Audit)
Course Fee: $50, unless otherwise noted (assumes scholarship granted)
Visit our Professional Development Calendar
NRES 610 Exploring Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
  • Location: Energy Fair, Custer, Wis.
  • Dates: June 20, 21, & 22 (course fee $35)
NRES 630 Energy Education in the Classroom
  • Location: Neenah, Wis.
  • Dates: April 11, 12, & 13
  • Location: Tomah, Wis.
  • Dates: June 17 & 18
  • Location: Luxemburg, Wis.
  • Dates: September 19, 20, & October 2
  • Location: Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Dates: November 14, 15, & 16
NRES 631 Exploring Energy Education through STEM
  • Location: Stevens Point, Wis.
  • Dates: April 8, 10, & 12
NRES 631 Biomass Energy Education
  • Location: Online
  • Dates: April 16 – May 16
NRES 632 Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom
  • Location: Sun Prairie, Wis.
  • Dates: June 16 & 17
  • Location: Wausau, Wis.
  • Dates: June 16, 17, & 19
  • Location: Wauwatosa, Wis. (with a K-4 Focus)
  • Dates: July 15 & 17
NRES 633 Energy Education: Concepts and Practices
  • Location: Online
  • Dates: October 29-November 30
NRES 634 School Building Energy Efficiency Education
NRES 634 is only open to faculty, staff, and building & grounds personnel in the school district(s) being targeted because it is specific to each district's energy goals. If you are interested in an NRES 634 course in your district please complete the NRES 634 Course Request Form.
  • Location: Glendale, Wis.
  • Dates: April 7, 9, 28, & 30
  • Location: Oregon, Wis.
  • Dates: August 18 & 19
NRES 635 Renewable Energy Education
  • Location: Online
  • Dates: October 1-31

Endangered Species Daily Facts
These daily facts focus on threatened and endangered species of the Upper Midwest but also include facts about the Endangered Species Act and foreign species.  They are written for an audience of about 4th grade through adults and run the gamut from specific species’ biology, to life history, to conservation needs.  
To sign up for a daily e:mail
 Calendar of the facts  

Randy Champeau, Ph.D. is readying for retirement after a distinguished career in the EE world. He shaped and shepherded the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education for more than 20 years and has been a key figure in Wisconsin’s role as a national leader in environmental education. He was the first director of the WCEE and later became the Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Before he was Randy Champeau, Ph.D., he was Mr. Champeau, teaching high school science, social science, reading, and physical education. However, his focus always returned to the environment. Eventually he completed his PhD in Environmental Education, Theoretical Ecology, and Adult Education. 

Champeau along with a consortium that included Al Stenstrup, Rick Wilke, Ph.D., and Dennis Yockers, Ph.D. were instrumental in getting the WCEE, WEEB and WAEE created. 

The EE community owes a great deal of gratitude to this amazing leader.

Chair Update:
This year’s conference is all about
collaboration between the WAEE and Green
& Healthy Schools Wisconsin. We need you to help us identify potential exhibitors and sponsors.
But, most importantly, we need you to come and participate with us this August at the 2014 WAEE Annual Conference and
Green & Healthy Schools Institute in Stevens Point.

The board will be meeting this weekend to put the final touches on the new website. It is coming together wonderfully and we hope you all enjoy it.
We will also be meeting to discuss the three main foci of our mission: Advocacy, Networking, and Recognition. We are really excited about moving WAEE forward, reaching new audiences, and helping our members network.

Stefan Anderson
WAEE Chair 2014
Head of School
Conserve School –
One semester can make a world of difference.


We've made some progress:
 The Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights (AJR 73) is now in the Assembly Committee on Rules.
But we're not there yet: The Committee on Rules has not yet scheduled AJR 73 for the Joint Assembly agenda.
Maybe if they hear from you, we can change their minds.
Here's whom you can contact (especially if they represent your district):
·  Representative Strachota (Chair)
·  Representative Vos (Vice-Chair)
·  Representative August
·  Representative Steineke
·  Representative Ballweg
·  Representative Murtha
·  Representative Williams
·  Representative Barca
·  Representative Pasch
·  Representative Jorgensen
·  Representative Zamarripa
·  Representative Pope
What you can say:
Your message to Representatives should include a request to schedule AJR 73 and also might include the following (feel free to copy and paste):
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 73 has bi-partisan support, including co-authorship from Representative Thiesfeldt.
  • This is a resolution and makes no policy change.
  • Over 30 environmental centers and agencies across the state are in support of the Children's Outdoor Bill ofRights.
  • Encouraging children to get outdoors and enjoy Wisconsin's wilderness promotes a future generation that is ready for future job opportunities and cares about our natural resources.
  • Getting kids and families outdoor contributes to a healthy economy through outdoor recreation and support of our state natural areas.  
  • Have you seen Wisconsin children asking for this Bill of Rights? Here's a video:

The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) is soliciting nominations for three Board members.

Selected individuals will serve as the Environmental Educators, Forestry, and Higher Education representatives. The three year term will begin July 1, 2014 and end June 30, 2017. 
The WEEB was created in 1990 to identify needs, establish priorities and provide grants for environmental education in Wisconsin. In this capacity, the Board advises the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System on the direction and needs for providing environmental education in schools, organizations, communities, nature centers, colleges and universities, and various other sectors. The Board meets quarterly, typically in January, April, July and October.
To submit a nomination, please contact WEEB at 110 Trainer Natural Resources Bldg., UW-Stevens Point, 800 Reserve St., Stevens Point WI 54481,, or (715) 346-3805.  Download the form from the  WEEB website.

Nomination deadline is Friday March 28, 2014


Executive Director Position - Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Inc.

To Apply:
Please mail a cover letter, resume and list of 3 professional references to:
Mr. Terry Kelly
Chairman, Board of Directors
Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Inc.
401 Charmany Drive, Suite 320
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Email applications are also encouraged at, with a copy to

Application deadline: April 15th, 2014.
To find out more about the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, please visit

NAAEE is very excited to announce the first ever National EE Giving Week, please join them.

This April, NAAEE and the Affiliate Network will be leading a two-week campaign starting the Monday before Earth Day and continuing through April 25 to raise as much money as possible for environmental education. The money raised will go to individual affiliates and NAAEE--so the work you do will bring money back to you! We would love for every affiliate to participate in this pilot effort. And to make it even more exciting, there will be a competition to see which state can raise the most money!


GRANT NAME: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Endangered Species Recovery 
DEADLINE: March 28, 2014
AVAILABLE: $25,000 to $100,000
Link to RFP:
     FUNDING USES: This U.S. Department of the Interior program provides grants for conservation efforts to benefit at-risk species within the Great Lakes Watershed of the United States. 
Individuals, groups, and government agencies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
COST SHARE: To receive credit toward additional points in the ranking criteria, a project proposal must include a cost sharing component of the partners involved in the project



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