May WAEE Newsletter
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Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education
The Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education at Riveredge Nature Center was a great success.  
  • From the tapas style luncheon in the tent, to the Paddle Wheel, the Silent Auction, and the amazing program with amazing videos, we hope that each award winner felt truly honored and recognized for the work they have accomplished in environmental education. 
  • We want to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who are listed in the Awards Program
  • Be sure to take time to watch the Award Winner Videos.
Watch Celebration of Excellence Award Winner Videos
Donate in Honor of 2016 Award Winners
Watch the 'Wisconsin Children's Outdoor Heritage' Video

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WANTED:   WAEE Student Board Members
  • Make a difference in environmental education and have your ideas heard
  • Have a say in creating proirities for WAEE
  • Serve a 9-12 month term starting in September
  • Click here for more details or to nominate yourself or someone else 
  • Nomination deadline is May 31, 2016


Nature Center Interns of Access
Riveredge Nature Center, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and Wehr Nature Center are seeking summer interns who self-identify as having a disability and qualify for disability-related services at a school, technical college, or university. Interns will assist with a wide variety of activities at the nature centers and complete a project related to inclusion or accessibility. This a paid internship. Contact for application information.

Educator Scholarship Applications are due 5/31 to get support for the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Madison on October 19-22. There is a specific “Wisconsin Educator” fund – scroll to the bottom! 
Get Recognition for Sustainability Efforts at your Early Learning Center! 
Early learning institutions are eligible to apply for U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition. This recognition is given for achievements in reducing environmental impacts and costs, improving health and wellness, and providing environmental education. Read more
Applications are available through Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin, a state level recognition program. If your early learning center provides kindergarten, it is also eligible for Green & Healthy Schools recognition

Community GroundWorks  
Communications Manager needed to develop and manage a dynamic communications plan for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. 
This 75% time, salaried position will play a central role in growing the connectivity and impact of this statewide network through storytelling, targeted outreach and dissemination of resources, website development and other strategies. 
Help us build a thriving school garden network and movement in Wisconsin!
Deadline to apply is May 27, 2016.

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!

Hiring Teaching Fellows for August 2016
Conserve School seeks energetic, dedicated, and mature college graduates with an interest in conservation, outdoor activities, and education to be semester school teaching fellows.Learn more 
Welty Environmental Center
Program Director
Job Description
May 2016
Program Director/Teacher/Naturalist

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

MREA Energy Fair
Milwaukee Educators – Practice Sustainable Transportation and ride a bus to the Energy Fair! Sign up now for a coach bus from Milwaukee to The Energy Fair on Saturday, June 18. Your bus trip and entrance ticket is covered by a Wisconsin Environmental Education Board grant! Share this opportunity with other educators and let's fill the bus! Hope to see you at the Fair! 

Leopold Education Project Workshop
Thursday, August 4th
Leopold Center - Baraboo, WI
Cost: $50
Are you a formal or non-formal educator who wants to introduce your students to Aldo Leopold and the land ethic? Join us for a hands-on training in this interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac.
Participants who register for both the LEP and LEL workshops (see below) also have the option of enrolling in one continuing education credit from the Hamline University School of Education. Contact us for more information!

Land Ethic Leader Workshop 
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.
Website links:
Aldo Leopold Foundation 
Land Ethic Leaders 
Leopold Education Project 

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) is excited to host its first annual Summer Institute for PK-12 educators on the UW-Stevens Point campus June 14-16. The Institute "Climate Education: Preparing for a Changing World" will feature presentations from Wisconsin climate leaders, including Keynote Speaker Tia Nelson and will include hands-on workshops and collaboration with peers to integrate 21st century skills into your classroom! Registration is open through June 10.
Upcoming LEAF Courses
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. Click for more details.
NRES 624: Enhancing School Forest Education
June 13 - July 17
Registration deadline: May 27   Click for more details.
This online course will help you utilize your school forest as an outdoor classroom. 
Upcoming Project Learning Tree Workshops
Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for more information.
Take Them Outside: A workshop for educators
at House In The Wood in Delavan
August 12
 "PLT for Afterschool" Workshop Series
August 1st - 15th   Click for more details.
Join us for one of seven workshops geared for afterschool educators. 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

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 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.

More information

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