WAEE Bulletin -February 2014

WAEE Bulletin

February 2014

January 24-26, 2014 at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Record Attendance: 102 participants. 
Compared to 2013: 90 participants  
and 2012: 67 participants

Picture Highlights:

Family Fun in the snow.

Dr. Ron Cortte our keynote that gave a very inspirational presentation on the Iditarod Race.


EE Consortium meeting. 

See the WAEE Facebook page for more awesome photos.


Northern Waters Environmental School
Hayward, WI Position Application due by February 28th

Call for Presenters for the 2014 Annual Conference due March 10th!


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

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

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

Teams need to sign up at by April 1.

August 13-15, 2014
WAEE and Green and Healthy Schools Annual Conference 
in Stevens Point, WI 


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.

Call for presenters! Due by March 10, 2014
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

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

Project Learning Tree Facilitator Training

Saturday, April 12th
9:00 – 5:00
Stevens Point

 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.  There is a particularly high demand for facilitators with flexible schedules and for facilitators in northern, west-central and southwestern Wisconsin.
For more information or for an application, please contact Nicole at  One graduate credit from UWSP may be available—contact Nicole for more details.

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor Training
Date:  Monday-Tuesday, March 24-25, 2014
Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
                N194 County Rd N
                Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Time:  Day 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Day 2, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (both days are mandatory, lunch & snacks provided)
Cost:  $75 per instructor trainee (registration information provided upon applicant's acceptance)
Application deadline: March 17, 2014

KEEP courses for Spring 2014
NRES 630 Energy Education in the Classroom
Energize your classroom! Through hands-on activities and class discussions learn how you can enhance students' understanding of what energy is, where it comes from, and how it affects their lives. 

  • Madison: March 18, 20, 25 and 27
  • Appleton: April 11, 12, & 13
NRES 631 Exploring Energy Education through STEM
Build your leadership and teacher networks through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) energy education. The hands-on STEM activities presented in this course spiral around the topic of energy and have not been modeled in previous KEEP courses. 
  • Stevens Point: April 8, 10, & 12
NRES 632 Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom
This course offers renewable energy hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students' understanding of renewable energy. 
  • Montello (NEW hybrid format): February  14 -28 Online, March 1 8:00 AM -4:00 PM, March 2-14 Online
  • Wausau: June 16, 17, & 19
  • Wauwatosa (with a K-4 Focus): July 15 & 17
NRES 634 School Building Energy Efficiency Education
Know the flow of energy in your school building! This course focuses on evaluating the energy use in school buildings and guiding K-12 school staff towards utilizing the school building as a learning tool for energy 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 completethe NRES 634 Course Request Form.
  • Stevens Point: February 27, March 6, 13, & 20
  • Milwaukee: March 17, 19, 24, & 26
  • Glendale: April 7, 9, 28, & 30
  • Oregon: August 18 & 19

Spring 2014 Continuing Education Courses
NRES 720 Sec. 881, 1 Cr. Mar. 3-Apr. 11 
PR in NR: Conflict Resolution
NRES 720 Sec. 882, 1 Cr., Apr. 14-May 23 
PR in NR: Social Marketing
WILDL 740, 1 Cr., Apr. 2-May 2 
Wildlife Issues Investigation
Campus, Face-To-Face
NRES 703, 1 Cr., Apr. 25-Apr.27
Group Facilitation Processes
For more information on these courses go to
To register for these courses go to

LEAF courses for Spring 2014 

Forestry Education in the K-12 Classroom
NRES 620- 1 graduate credit

Course Fee: $85 (assumes scholarship granted)
Get the convenience of online learning with the benefit of an interactive day spent with peers. LEAF’s hybrid workshop teaches you key forestry principles, demonstrates teaching techniques, and gives you great activities so you can easily integrate forestry education into your indoor or outdoor classroom. 
For your convenience, three sections of this course are being offered this spring.  Each includes 6 hours of online coursework to be completed over the period of one month, in addition to one Saturday face-to-face meeting.  Choose from:

  • Crivitz, Saturday, March 29th.
  • Greendale, April 5th
  • Necedah, April 5th

Find more information and a registration form on the LEAF professional development calendar. Please note that this course was previously offered as NRES 740.



Updates from the WAEE Board

Chair Update

I love a good party so I am excited that the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education is celebrating its 40th birthday all year. The festivities were launched this January with record attendance at Winter Workshop and will continue throughout the year. A high point will be our annual conference in August with its theme “40 Years of Collaboration”. It is well themed as this year’s conference is all about collaboration between the WAEE and Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin which have synergistically combined the 2014 WAEE Annual Conference with 2014 Green & Healthy Schools Institute to benefit of all participants. It is about collaboration between organizations from across the state that will be coming together at the conference to continue work on an EE Capacity Grant. However, for all of these collaborations to be truly successful we need you! We need you to help spread the word about the annual conference to your friends and colleagues. We need you to consider the many things you do and consider what you might share with your colleagues at the conference, and then get that submission in soon! We need you to let us know who you would like to hear from and what you would like to learn about at the conference. 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, bring your party clothes.

Stefan Anderson
WAEE Chair 2014

Head of School
Conserve School – One semester can make a world of difference.

Welcome New Board Members:
Rebecca Clarke: Naturalist at Maywood Park 
It's time! 
Let's get the Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights passed!

With legislators in session for only about twenty more days we cannot delay. Not to mention these kids - who were in second grade the first time we tried to pass this bill - are now in *fifth grade*.
Here's what you can do:
  1. Email Representatives Voss and Kramer - because they set the Joint Assembly agenda, you can ask them to schedule a vote for Resolution 73 - the Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. See below if you need ideas on what to say.
  2. Spread the word - forward this email to your friends and networks, add a plea to your Facebook, twitter, and other social media accounts - the more Representatives Voss and Kramer hear from people across the state, the better.
  3. Talk to your own Legislators - if you have a relationship with your legislators (especially if they are Republican) please let them know this issue is important to you. 
Here's a link to the Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights website - there you'll find current supporters, actual bill language, and other details for your information or to share with others. And there's still time to sign on as a supporter. 

The WAEE website is undergoing  improvements. The new site will be easier to navigate and will have direct links to social media. We hope to have the new website up and running by the end of March. To access the website you will still use If you have any thoughts or comments on the website please email Katie at or Emily Brown at 

Birdathon Will Be Counting Orioles
There is a new and student-friendly event in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. It’s a statewide Oriole Count.
The goal for 2014 is to raise $75,000 for Wisconsin's birds!
 The Oriole Count has two purposes:
  • To create an entertaining and educational event for schools, nature centers, Scout and 4-H groups that can bring Baltimore Orioles to your schoolyard or backyard.
  • To raise $3,000 for the Bird Protection Fund’s conservation efforts in both Wisconsin and the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, winter home to many of our orioles.
Teams need to sign up at by April 1.

Northern Waters Environmental School in Hayward is looking for a teacher to work with sixth through tenth grade students in a project-based environment-focused school. 
Northern Waters Environmental School is a project-based learning community where students explore their natural, economic and cultural environment to foster collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. With educator and partner support, students develop the confidence and abilities to achieve.
Read the position description and get your application in by February 28!

Bird City Wisconsin Summit
Making Our Communities Healthier for Birds ...and People
(Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative annual meeting)
Friday-Saturday, March 21-22 

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center, Oshkosh
(Flying Wild Workshop Thursday, March 20)
Conference details, agenda, and registration forms @
The 2014 annual meeting of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) will be held Friday - Saturday, March 21-22, at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center, Oshkosh. The focus will be "Making Our Communities Healthier for Birds and People", the primary goal of Bird City Wisconsin. The two‐day registration fee is only $35, which includes Friday and Saturday continental breakfast and Friday lunch (the Flying Wild workshop is extra). Hotel reservations need to be made by Feb. 26 at or call (920) 230‐1900 or toll‐free (855) 230‐1900.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the WAEE members: 
Here are some fun photos of the Conserve School Students Making Valentines
North American Wetlands Conservation Grants Program

February, 28, 2014
Maximum of $1,000,000
Approximately 40
This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.
Link to RFP:
grants/nawca/Standard/ US/index.shtm

Pollution Prevention Grant Program  

March 20, 2014
$20,000 to $180,000
This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant program provides funds for technical assistance and training to businesses to encourage them to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate pollution.
States and tribal government entities
Link to RFP:

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