April WAEE Newsletter
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EIF and the Climate Choices issue guide. And, of course, we have opportunities for you to learn more and help out.
The White House announced the inclusion of EIF in the President's Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. We have commitment to implementing the Climate Choices issue guide in at least 100 classrooms across the country by the end of this year. 
Learn more and Get involved


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
 Saukville, WI 53080

See Award Winners


NAAEE Conference in Madison, WI October 19-22, 2016
Scholarships are available!   May 31 deadline.
Wisconsin Academic Scholarships   
Wisconsin Educators Scholarships
Who can apply?  How do I apply? What are the requirements of eligibility? What does the scholarshiop provide?
Learn more

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News From the Chair

I must say I am so proud of our award winners. Three among them are people I have worked directly with and I can personally vouch for their true spirit and dedication to the field of EE. It's so inspiring to have great leadership in our field and I hope you'll be there with me to celebrate their efforts on April 30th at Riveredge Nature Center. The Award Committee has been working hard to make this celebration a fun (and delicious) event. 

The Board Retreat last weekend was a great success. We're really making great strides in the statewide arena with the amazing leadership offered by the current Board Members. The organization couldn't be in better hands as we tackle both defensive and offensive strategies for strengthening EE in Wisconsin. 

PS NAAEE Scholarships applications are now open and thanks to our good friends at the Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau there is one Wisconsin-exclusive opportunity available. Deadline is May 31st. 


Volunteer with the Wisconsin State Park System 
If you like to spend time in the outdoors, interacting with other park visitors, and you care about protecting our natural resources - then Wisconsin State Parks needs you!
See the current listing for 2016 season openings for the following volunteer positions:
  • Naturalist 
  • Nature Center Host
  • Campground Host
  • Visitor Services 
  • Special Projects Volunteer
  • Adopt A Trail
Get outdoors and help make this summer the very best at our state parks, trails and forests!
Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund
2016 Request for Proposals
Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
The monarch butterfly is an iconic species that inspires people throughout North America, but its population numbers have declined over the last two decades.  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

eeNEWS Newsletter
The latest news, resources, and opportunities in the ee community
EE in WI Newsletter 
Discover environmental education in Wisconsin                            

Upcoming Events

Attend a Land Ethic Leader Workshop at the Leopold Center
Thursday, June 24 - Friday, June 25
Friday, August 5 - Saturday, August 6
Cost: $200
The Aldo Leopold Foundation will be offering two sessions of their Land Ethic Leader workshop this summer. During the two-day workshop, participants explore and deepen their own land ethic together through outdoor observation, environmental service, and reflective discussions.
The August session will be preceded by a Leopold Education Project workshop on Thursday, August 4. (Cost: $50)
Website links:
Aldo Leopold Foundation 
Land Ethic Leaders 
Leopold Education Project 

Upcoming Project Learning Tree Workshops
Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for more information.
"PLT for Afterschool" Workshop Series
August 1st - 15th
Join us for one of seven workshops geared for afterschool educators.  Four-hour workshops will be held in Milwaukee, La Crosse, Saukville, Juneau, Tomahawk, Kansasville and Fitchburg. Visit LEAF's professional development calendar for more information.

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 LEAF Courses
All courses are worth 1 graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point (also available as Audit).  Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for registration information. Please contact Nicole at for information about cost or scholarship availability.  
NRES 622: School Forest Programs and Administration
June 13 - July 17
Registration deadline: May 27
Online, plus a face-to-face meeting (date and location TBD)
Overview of Wisconsin School Forest Program, with emphasis on planning and administration of school forests including: organizing of a school forest committee, understanding property management plans, developing educational plans, and locating resources and financial support. 
NRES 624: Enhancing School Forest Education
June 13 - July 17
Registration deadline: May 27
This online course will help you utilize your school forest as an outdoor classroom. You will become familiar with the forest, look closely at educational resources, and infuse your curriculum with lessons that can be taught at the school forest. 

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.

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