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October 21-24 

Speakers:Timothy Egan, Joel Salatin, George Archibald
Events:  Voyageur Canoe Race, UW Marching Band
Field Trips:  Sand County Excursion, B-Cycle Bike Tour

Call for Presenters is now open! 
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Proposed Budget Cuts to EE in Wisconsin

The proposed state budget repeals the statute establishing the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, eliminates the Department of Public Instruction Environmental Education Consultant position, and eliminates the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and its grant programs. Read the overview and SHARE!

Please stay tuned for more information on this important issue and how you can help. We will need your voice soon! Thank you.

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Thank you Licia Johnson for Chairing an outstanding Winter Workshop!


WAEE presents 
38th Annual
Awards Banquet

Save the Date: Saturday, October 24th (Madison)

Nominations Now Open!

Help WAEE recognize EE in Wisconsin at its best - nominate an EE leader. To nominate an organization, individual, student, class or group, follow the links below: 

Click here for award descriptions and nomination form (fillable PDF) or click for online nomination form

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Coming Together
over Results of Statewide Survey

EE related organizations in Wisconsin serve an average number of 10,251 program participants per year. 160 EE related organizations responded to the 2014 status and needs online survey. Survey findings are being used to increase capacity for EE in Wisconsin by responding directly to professional development needs at regional networking events and the Annual Conference. Read the full report 

Check out the top 10 organizational skills and content areas 

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Program Highlight

KEEP Celebrates 20 years of Energy Education in Wisconsin

We’d like to celebrate 20 years of energy education in Wisconsin with KEEP, Wisconsin’s K-12 Energy Education Program. For the past 20 years, KEEP has provided professional development to more than 6,000 course participants enhancing the education of more than 3 million Wisconsin students. Educators across the state have had access to quality professional development experiences, resources, student involvement activities, funding opportunities to help integrate energy into curricula, and networking events to help connect with others who are advancing their energy education. KEEP offers targeted “Take it Home” programming for students to promote energy consumption behavior changes at the residential level and school building energy efficiency education which increases opportunities for schools to become more energy efficient, safe, and healthy through teacher professional development and the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin program. KEEP is the result of a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) and Wisconsin utilities and other energy stakeholders. The goal of the Program is to leverage teacher education to improve and increase energy literacy in Wisconsin's K-12 schools as a means of contributing to statewide energy savings. Join KEEP and the energy education community at events throughout the year. Like KEEP on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events and opportunities. 


D.O.T.S. Pro Tech Day - Come explore the use of mobile technologies in youth programming using Digital Observation Technology Skills (D.O.T.S.) kits outdoors on Wednesday, March 11, from 9 am-3:30 pm! This program will demonstrate the use of technology tools to explore hidden environments and enable deep observation, making the ‘invisible’ both visible and accessible to exploration and study. RSVP to Justin Hougham. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP with dietary restrictions/food allergen information. 

Deadline to Register:  March 1

EE in Turkey - The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point  College of Natural Resources is partnering with Bilkent University to offer an opportunity to study natural resources and environmental education in Turkey. This program offers a unique occasion for Wisconsin teachers to expand their global understanding of natural resources in Dalyan, Turkey, and to work with Turkish high school students and teachers, as well as graduate students. View full description

Deadline to Apply: March 1

Community GroundWorks Positions - hiring two part-time positions for the 2015 season: Land Steward LTE and Crew Leader for the Goodman Youth Farm. 

The Land Steward should be a hardworking and flexible assistant who will care for the land at Troy Gardens. This person will help oversee our food forest and edible landscape, woodlands, open spaces, and natural areas (prairie, old field, wildlife corridor). The Crew Leader will be responsible for assisting the Youth Farm Manager in all aspects of farm and program management, including but not limited to: leading field crews of students, interns, and volunteers, developing educational programming, preparing program supplies, maintaining farm records, and facilitating large group activities. For detailed job descriptions and application instructions please visit our website:

Deadline to Apply:  March 5

Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Workshop - featuring the “Value of a Tree” program on Tuesday, April 14th, from 9 am-3 pm. Participants will experience an interactive and discussion based energy education lesson that teaches how to measure and determine the value of a tree by way of biofuel conversion and carbon sequestration. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Justin Hougham. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP with dietary restrictions/food allergen information.
Deadline to Register: April 4

From the Chair
It is with great pleasure that I write to you as the WAEE Board Chair for 2015! 

A familiar “hoot, hoot” is heard nearly nightly outside my window.  In the pre-dawn hour or in the city glow of night their silhouettes are spotted.  Over the past month I have watched and listened to a pair of great horned owls that are calling from a nearby urban park home.  I have felt the privilege of being a part of their courtship from afar while the sounds and sights of the city go on around these two in love.  Amidst the world around them, the two are planning for the future, knowing what needs to be done, having faith in the outcome.
Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about the future and the work that we do in developing love and respect for our natural world in our communities.  Many of us work with young people day to day.  In an age of instant gratification, I must constantly step back and remind myself that the work I do is like planning for the future.  I need to be hopeful for their future, and why not?
A case in point, I often find myself walking or riding my bike near the Fox River here in Appleton.  It is a rare day that goes by that I do not see a bald eagle.  More often I see multiple.  Forty years ago it was a well-documented different story.  However, through planning, knowledge, and some faith, along the Fox River and across Wisconsin we see eagles thriving.
As we go through the year, I plan to remember that the actions that I take today may not show for many years.  But, like my owl and eagle neighbors, I have faith, faith that my students will have a deeper knowledge of their world around them and be willing to make the changes necessary for the next generation.  

Scott Reilly
WAEE Chair
Upcoming Events
NEWNA Region Networking Event
Date: Friday, February 27
Location: Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Steve Kerlin
Networking and professional development opportunity for WI EE Consortium and partners from area nature centers and environmental education organizations.
A Forest for Every Classroom
 Thursday, March 5
Location: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha
Cost: $15, substitute reimbursement for the first 15 registrants
Contact: Sarah Gilbert
In this Citizen Science Workshop - Learn about school friendly projects that engage students in authentic scientific inquiry at all grade levels and across disciplines. Visit the LEAF professional development calendar for more information.

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 14
Location: Upham Woods
Cost: $12, includes lunch (reduced fee, thanks to a WEEB grant)
Contact: Amy Workman
This workshop will train educators in PLT’s renowned PreK-8 curriculum, which contains 96 hands-on interdisciplinary activities and provides unique ways to bring STEM concepts and critical thinking to your classroom or youth group. More details. Registration for this event is available here. Register by March 2nd. 

Wisconsin Adventure in Outdoor Education
Date: Friday - Sunday, May 1-3
Location: Wausau School Forest, Mosinee
Cost: $105
Contact: Dr. John W. Munson 
For 35 years, teachers, program leaders, administrators and adventure education practitioners have made the workshop an annual trek. Typically 100 people attend each year to build, renew, and share expertise to enhance curricular/program offerings. A highly trained staff leads sessions aimed at hands-on experiences immediately transferable to on-going programs. More info & registration

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