March WAEE Newsletter
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A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education
11:30 am - Social and silent auction begin
12 pm - Tapas-style lunch is served
1 pm - Program

Ticket Price: $35.00
Register Here
Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Highway Y, Saukville, WI 53080

See Award Winners


October 19-22, 2016

Inspiring stories. Compelling evidence. Meaningful impact. NAAEE is seeking proposals for the 45th annual conference that tell powerful stories of innovation and success in EE and how EE builds community and creates powerful change.  
Tell your story: submit your proposal by March 31, 2016.

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News From the Chair

The WAEE Board of Directors is gearing up for what we call "Spring Retreat." This is a bit of a misnomer since what we're really doing is planning and strategizing for the year ahead. This year's retreat, as in years past, will focus on how we as Board Members can help fulfill the association's mission cornerstones of networking, advocacy and recognition. We will go over the budget in detail and lay out plans for increasing membership. We will discuss our role in the national arena and our relationship with NAAEE. We will vet new opportunities and set a course for where our energies will be focused this year and how we can better engage you, the membership. We welcome your input and look forward to sharing the good work that comes of this annual assembly. 

Do take note of the upcoming WAEE highlights:
  • Hope to see you at the Annual Awards Celebration -- April 30th at Riveredge Nature Center
  • Get that awesome proposal for presenting at the WAEE/NAAEE Conference in by the end of this month, March 31st. 


WEEB Announces School Forest Grant Program
Due to a generous donation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee, the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), is seeking proposals for a 2016 School Forest grant cycle. The Board anticipates awarding a total of $20,000, with a maximum award of $2,500 per selected proposal.  Proposals are due April 1, 2016. Learn more
Wisconsin Schools Go Outside Fund (GO Fund)
We had such an overwhelming response last time, we're doing it again! (April 3 deadline) And this time, we have more money available and more eligible expenses. The Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our second Wisconsin Schools Go Outside Fund (GO Fund) thanks to support from our generous program sponsors: the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (Lead Sponsor) and the Conserve School (Supporting Sponsor). Learn more
Green Teacher Discount for WAEE Members
This non-profit magazine for youth educators has recently agreed to provide a $2 discount off any of its one year subscriptions, and $3 off its two year subscriptions, to all WAEE members.  Green Teacher has recently re-invented itself. While subscribers continue to receive four quarterly issues of the magazine, they now enjoy full access to Green Teacher’s 55+ webinars. Learn more

Warm up with Webinars!
Green Teacher's upcoming webinars are an interactive way for educators to continue learning about key environmental topics. Our professional development webinar series features some of the most important thinkers in the field of environmental education addressing vital and relevant topics. 
We have six webinars scheduled in the coming months. Registration is FREE and one can obtain a certificate upon completion.
 Learn more and sign up

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Upcoming Events

Natural Resources Careers Workshop at Trees for Tomorrow
High school students and graduating seniors - explore your passion and explore a career in the outdoors!
Monday - Friday, June 13-17, 2016
Eagle River, WI
Learn more

Wisconsin First Detector Network
Wisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN) is a citizen science volunteer network designed to improve the detection and reporting of invasive species throughout Wisconsin. WIFDN combines online learning through recorded videos and interactive webinars with hands on training and volunteer opportunities. WIFDN invites you to participate in this network.
Two options for participation exist, each with different degrees of access. Learn more

Fieldtrip Opportunity
Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo
Choose Wednesday May 18 or Thursday May 19, 2016
Transportation Funding Available 
As the school year is wrapping up, students and educators can still extend learning outdoors. Join us at DNR’s MacKenzie Center in Poynette for this year’s youth expo. The expo will offer hands-on outdoor activities for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Many of the activities are correlated to state academic standards. Students will also be able to see up-close LIVE wolves, lynx, bison, badger, otter, bald eagle, turkey vultures and other wildlife
. Click here for more information.   

Upcoming KEEP Energy Education Courses
All courses are worth 1 graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point (some are available as Audit)
Course Fee: $100 unless otherwise noted (assumes scholarship granted)
Energy Education in the Classroom  
Camp Luwisomo in Wild Rose - April 8-10
All educators welcome to register; applicable across the curriculum.
Registration deadline is March 25 - Register now!

Visit KEEP's Professional Development Calendar  or see Upcoming KEEP Courses listed by geographical location.

BTC Institute Summer Programs
Teacher Courses
Biotechnology: The Basics  June 27- July 1, 2016
Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics  July 11-15, 2016
There will be no course fee and stipends will be available for those who qualify. Optional graduate education credits will be available, if paid for by the participant, from Viterbo University and Edgewood College.  Click here for registration and more information. 
Students in grades 8 and 9
Camp Biotech One: The Wonders of DNA 
Camp Biotech Two: The Return of DNA
Cost: $380 (included all materials; lunch and snacks; scholarships are available). Click here  for registration and details. Click here for camp course descriptions and testimonial.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level 1
Monday, May 16, 2016 8am - 5pm
Register here or call 608-221-0404 x0
Chainsaw Safety Workshop - Level 2
Monday, June 13, 2016   8am - 5pm
Register here or call 608-221-0404 x0

2016 WI Youth Conservation Camp Opportunities
Sand Lake Conservation Camp - Middle school youth
WI Lane + Later Conservation Association Youth Conservation Camp - High School youth
These camps provide fun outdoor experiences, help foster an appreciation for nature, and introduce a variety of opportunities in natural resources and conservation careers.

More information

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