WAEE Bulletin - August 2013

WAEE Bulletin

August 2013

MEEC Conference in Coralville, IA September 25-28th, 2013.

Early bird (post marked by 8/23) $245
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Scholarships available.



If you have a passion for the environment, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see the story of Rachel Carson performed as a one-person play by Kaiulani Lee, Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance, “A Sense of Wonder,”  has been touring the United States for 20 years and is the inspiring story of one woman’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. It is the story of the extremely private Rachel Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure. 

Douglas Wood  and his Wild Spirit Band on Friday, September 27.      
Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man” - author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide. He performs his original, nature-themed music on guitar, banjo and mandolin. 

Kamyar Enshayan, Ph.D., director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy & Environmental Education, will keynote the luncheon on Saturday, September 28.
Enshayan's keynote, titled, "Making Other Arrangements," will bring attention to issues of consumption and the fact that as a society, we have created living arrangements that require excess natural resources. 



September 25-28, 2013

Seasons of Plenty
Midwest Environmental Education Conference (MEEC)
Coralville, IA

November 9

Celebrate Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet
at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

January 24-26

WAEE Winter Workshop
at Treehaven

Save the Date

Nominations are officially closed and the Awards Committee is hard at work reviewing Award Nominations.  WAEE invites you to join us as we recognize these amazing Educators at the "Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education"  An evening of awards and recognition.  This event co-hosted by the WAEE, Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program and the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program.
The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a social hour, dinner and the awards ceremony, ending with the close of the silent auction.

Save the Date

November 9, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Monona, WI

The WAEE Annual Conference - Making EE Relevant at Home, Work, School & Play was a great success. Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the conference.

Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Winter Workshop

January 24-26, 2014

at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

See you there!


World Kitchen Garden Day
Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 
Kitchen Garden Day is a decentralized celebration of food produced on a human-scale, recognized each year on the 4th Sunday in August. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, hand-made foods.

  • Celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society, health, and gastronomy
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
  • Build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating

What is an eeEcology Map?

Your eeEcology Map is a visual and written guide to your own understanding of what you hope to accomplish as an environmental educator (EE).

Just as there are many relationships within ecosystems, the way you teach EE has its own "ecology" – the activities you engage in, the results you hope to achieve, the people with whom you work, and the places where you do your work.

Creating an eeEcology Map will help you to think about how your activities enable you to help the people and places you care about.

Tundra Connections® is Wild!

Have you always wanted to meet and talk with a polar bear scientist? Our webcasts take you there! And our pre- and post-conference lesson plans round out the tundra experience. Every fall, we conduct LIVE, free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill.

Explore 15,000 of the world’s endangered species. With over 100,000 photos and videos, discover what these 
animalsplants and fungi look like, what makes them special and why we should protect them.

Updates from the WAEE Board

Let me first say that I feel so proud to be part of an organization like WAEE. I had a great time in La Crosse at the annual conference. Some highlights include:  floating down the WI River in the La Crosse Queen with interpretation provided by Scott Lee (Thanks Scott!!); outstanding keynote speakers; and the Goodwill fashion show! On behalf of WAEE, I want to thank Sandy Vander Velden, Victoria Rydberg, and Jodi Hermsen along with the other volunteers who helped organize a wonderful annual conference. 
We will have four WAEE board members attending the Midwest Environmental Education Conference in Coralville, IA September 25-28th. (Kate Boseo, Katie Perryman-Gebhardt, Nathan Kilps, and Stefan Anderson). We hope to have several other WAEE members there. Don’t miss our session Saturday, Sept 28th from 1:25-3:10pm titled “EE Associations Share Successes.” Another great time to meet is at the State Gathering from 7-8:30pm on Friday, September 27th. The WAEE Board hopes to see you there!
It is that time of year when we are starting to seek board members for next year. Nominations are now being accepted. Also, we still need to fill a student board position for the 2013-2014 school year. Please encourage students to apply.
Our next board meeting will be on November 9th at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI (Madison area). We will also hold our annual WAEE meeting that day just before the Excellence in EE Statewide Awards Ceremony. We hope you can make the meeting and stay for the awards ceremony.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer.
Susan Schuller
WAEE 2013 Chair

Riveredge Nature Center's Student Research Symposium

Celebrating student research in biology, ecology, and environmental studies.
Th is symposium will address the interconnections among species and how changes in the environment may be impacting ecosystems.
There will be cash prizes for symposium winners.  
Call for Presenters is due September 30, 2013
For all the details visit Riveredge's Symposium website

Shoebox Recycling!

Do you have shoes that you never wear anymore? Instead of throwing them out, consider giving your gently used shoes a new life. The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education is collecting shoes for ShoeBox Recycling, an organization that finds new homes for old shoes. ShoeBox Recycling's mission is to recycle as many pairs of shoes as possible so that your unused shoes can get a new chance. We take all types of wearable pairs of men's, women's and kid's shoes. The only shoes we do not take are Heavy Winter Boots, Skates, Blades, Flip-Flops, Slippers, Crocs, Singles or Unusable.
Send your shoes to Katie Boseo 403 LRC, 900 Reserve St, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or email for more info.

GreenWorks! Grant Program

Deadline: September 30, 2013
The Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grant program provides funding for service-learning projects led by students, such as school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration plans, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects. Grants are available in two award levels: the traditional GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 and GreenWorks! grants up to $3,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools! Applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, have a project that involves service learning, have at least one community partner, and must secure a 50 percent match (in-kind or cash). Applicants for the Registered PLT GreenSchools! grants must register on the PLT GreenSchools! website, have an established Green Team, have completed one or more of the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations, and have a project based on the findings of one or more of the PLT GreenSchools! Investigations.

Natural Resources Foundation Grants

Announcing the 2013 Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Small Grants Program!
Are you a teacher needing a little extra funding to take your students into the field? Does your nature center, land trust, local municipality, or other nonprofit have a conservation project that needs funding? Check out our small grants program. The application is due September 6, 2013.
The Teachers Outdoor Environmental Education Fund provides grants of up to $1,000 for public school teachers (K-12) to undertake outdoor environmental education projects.  

Grants ranging from $100-$1000 are awarded annually to projects of programs in Wisconsin that: benefit the public, involve management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources, and/or contribute to knowledge about Wisconsin’s natural resources through education.  Recipients are required to match the grant award on a 1:1 basis with funds or in-kind services.



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