WAEE Bulletin - MAY 2014

WAEE Bulletin

May 2014

New WAEE website launched on April 22, 2014.

WAEE is very excited to be presenting a new and improved website. The WAEE board worked very hard at the Spring Retreat on ways to improve the website for you, our members. We hope you enjoy it.

Awards Nominations Now Open!

Who are the exceptional environmental educators in your life? A teacher, naturalist, student, youth group, or neighbor? We all know someone who is making a difference, as we speak, and deserves recognition. Nominate someone for the WAEE Awards program and give them their moment in the spotlight. 

Award categories include:
  • Aldo Leopold Award
  • David Engelson WAEE Award
  • Earthguard Award
  • Educator of the Year Awards
  • Non-formal educator of the year
  • Formal educator of the year
  • Administrator of the year
  • Student of the year
Nominations are due June 30, 2014.

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.

Registration will be open May 22nd.
Visit the annual conference web page for more information.
Keynote and featured speakers:
Stephen Ritz

Dennis Yockers, Ph.D.

40 Years of Collaboration- History of WAEE

Green Ribbon Schools Share Successes


May is National Bike to Work Month

Great Wisconsin Birdathon
Through May 31, 2014

2014-15 Citizen Based Monitoring
Partnership Program Proposals
Due by May 30th.

MREA Energy Fair June 20-22

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

in Stevens Point, WI

May is National Bike to Work Month

Some Ideas for biking to work and school:

Bike to School. Bike with your kids to school or organize a bike-pool with other parents to leave the car at home. Help children choose appropriate routes and use this as an opportunity to reinforce the rules of the road for safe cycling.

Route Mapping Assistance. Give your employees maps that highlight bike-friendly routes to the office.



Volunteer at The 25th Annual Energy Fair

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-20 to 6-24

Presenter/Location: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) in Custer, Wis.

Student organizations, groups or individuals volunteering 2 or more hours support the MREA’s mission to promote renewable energy and sustainable living. Volunteers gain free admission for a day at The Energy Fair (which has great educational workshops, food, music, and more.)  For more information on volunteering, contact  Kelly Smith at 715-346-4651715-346-4651 or  Allison Lindquist at 715-592-6595715-592-6595 ext. 115.
Volunteer sign up


NRES 340/540 sec 88
Effective Teaching Strategies for Education for Sustainability
One Graduate OR Undergraduate Credit
This online course will help prepare you to incorporate education that supports sustainability in your school or classroom.  
Location: Online
Dates: June 23 to July 31 2014
Instructor: Ginny Carlton
Course Fee: NRES 540 Graduate: $444.47 $100 for pK-12 teachers*  NRES 340 Undergrad $268.08 $100 for pK-12 teachers*
 *Scholarships provided by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education               
Participants are responsible for completing course readings and activities, posting assignments to the discussion board or dropbox, participating in four scheduled hour-long online course discussions, and completing the course evaluation.
Please register early to ensure your participation.
LEAF Summer Professional Development Opportunities.  
For more information or to register, go to and click on “professional development calendar.” 

Tree Identification Workshop: NRES 621 
Time: August 4th - August 22nd, including field trips on Saturday, August 9th and Saturday, August 16th 

School Forest Programs and Administration: NRES 622 
Time: June 16 – July 20, including one face to face meeting (date TBD) 

Enhancing School Forest Education: NRES 624
Time:  June 16 – July 20 

Learning in Nature: Inside, Outside and Beyond 
A Week with Internationally Renowned Claire Warden in Wisconsin 

July 7th – July 11th 

For Details & Registration
For more information, contact
Miriam Malone (414)227-3133
or email:

Attend the WAEE/GHS Conference and Earn Graduate Credit
A 1-credit course is being offered through UWSP Continuing Education to attendees of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Conference/Green & Healthy Schools Institute. Professionals will meet the requirements for earning 1 graduate credit by attending the conference, keeping a log of the sessions they attend, documenting a new networking connection with another attendee, and writing a brief action plan about how they could implement things they learned at the conference. 
Course Information:
NRES 610 Section 881, 1-credit
Instructor: Dr. Steve Kerlin,
Online course site open: Aug. 6 – 22, 2014
Conference dates: Aug. 13-15, 2014 at UWSP

Visit EE in Wisconsin for more upcoming events.
Chair Update:

Become more involved with the environmental education community in Wisconsin. There are many ways to do this including:
  • Attending the Annual Conference in August
Stefan Anderson
WAEE Board Chair

2014-15 Citizen Based Monitoring Partnership Program

Since 2004, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network have sought to expand citizen and volunteer participation in natural resource monitoring by providing funding and assistance with high priority projects.

The 2014-15 request for proposals period is now open and will close at midnight on Friday May 30th. Inquiries and proposals should be directed to Lucas Olson, Conservation Biologist at

Great Wisconsin Birdathon
Birdathon Logo
Now until Saturday, May 31, 2014 
  • Be a birder - Fly Solo & Bird on your own; Join a BirdCity or Org; Start a Team; Join a Team
  • Join the Oriole Count - Schools, scouts, and youth groups: join the Oriole Count Team and compete for great prizes
  • Join the Long Walk for Birds - Walk a segment of this 250+ mile Lake Michigan-area route to raise funds for birds.
  • Birding Blitz Field Trips - Try a beginner’s Birdathon with an expert!
  • Donate - Donate to Someone You Know; Donate to Your Favorite Team; Donate to a Signature Team
For all the details visit 

Event Phone: 866-264-4096

Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame
30th Annual Induction occurred on May 3, 2014 in Stevens Point, WI.

Those Honored:
Clifford Germain-Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program
William Horvath- Conservation
Jay Reed- outdoor writer


LAST CHANCE TO APPLY for support for your Fall 2014 Green Apple Day of Service! The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance will help provide classroom kits, volunteer recruitment, project materials, and mini-grant funding. Application deadline June 1, 2014. 
For more information contact Heather Goetsch,

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