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December WAEE Bulletin
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Give  a Lasting Gift This Christmas! 

Renew your WAEE membership and join with hundreds across our state to promote responsible environmental action through education in classrooms and in communities. Give a membership gift here.

Advocacy

Historic Win for Environmental Education!
On December 9, environmental education made historic strides. In a bi-partisan vote the US Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, including key provisions for environmental education.  Thank you for your support.
Read more to see what we won, what it means, and who to thank.

Recognition

WAEE will be celebrating its Annual Awards Banquet on April 30, 2016 at Riveredge Nature Center. Please help us make this an exceptional evening by nominating someone you know who excels in formal or non-formal environmental education. Take a minute to enjoy past winners and see award descriptions and nomination forms.

Networking

January 22-24, 2016 at beautiful Treehaven in Tomahawk.
Online registration is open until January 11 - don't delay!
View the Program at a Glance for information about professional development. See you there!


 
News From the Chair

The year is nearly over and you are probably busy celebrating, prepping, reflecting, and maybe stressing a bit.  I too find myself in those same shoes as my final weeks comes to a close as Board Chair.  These words also describe my sentiments regarding being a board member for the past three years.  As I move on, I will value my time on the board in my current and future position as a teacher.  I have gained a unique insight into the workings and people that make Wisconsin truly an amazing place to be an educator and be passionate about the world in which we live!
 
I continue to look forward to seeing and working with the current board and ones in the future.  I guess being a board member is akin to many other pursuits in life, that once you have done it once, you can never really leave it!  Thank you for electing me and allowing me to learn and grow as an educator and to help WAEE achieve some of the amazing goals it has over the past years, and being a part of some of the amazing goals in the near future!
Opportunities
 
EE Capacity, Cornell University, UWSP
and other collaborators are offering a new online course called 'Environmental Education: Transdisciplinary approaches to addressing wicked problems'. Participants gain the understanding, skills, and professional networks to work as environmental education professionals... Learn more
2015 Status and Needs Survey of WI Environmental Education Related Organizations.
The 2015 Survey includes the following sections:
1.   General information and trends about EE organizations
2.   Industry, economics, and jobs
3.   Land management
4.   Inclusion and accessibility
5.   Professional development needs and offerings.
Learn more and take the survey

Register to become a Green & Healthy SchoolPlay the Cool Choices game this winter!
Engage your staff and/or students in an electronic game, Cool Choices, which will help you in completing the GHS application in a fun, easy, and social way. This game is only available to Green & Healthy Schools! Sign up now to be included in a future game to launch in January or February!
Click here for more information about Cool Choices.


Northland College Position Opening
Professor of Sustainable Regional Development in Outdoor Education, Environmental Education, or Wilderness Studies.  Read more for background, major responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply.
Landscape for Life
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United Stated Botanical Garden invite you to join us this coming January for our 2016 Landscape for Life Train the Train free webinar series.  This program teaches you the principles of sustainable gardening....Read more

A Wisconsin tradition, the state wildlife phenology calendar is back for 2016 with the theme "Habitats for Birds."  This year's calendar features all of the phenology milestones and iconic wildlife images enthusiasts have come to expect, with educational sidebars written by some of the leading voices in state ecology. Visually appealing and educational, the calendar is a crowd pleaser for residents of all ages. Read more and order
Teachers! Enter to win a FREE nature field trip and help to improve school program offerings at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center by  participating in this very brief survey. Thanks for all you do!  Learn more
Wanted: Program Counselor 
Counselors will live in the lodges at CWES and Treehaven with 20-25 junior and high school students, lead recreational activities after class, and assist the rest of the staff to meet the goals of the program. The program serves Chinese students interested in Natural Resources. Learn more
Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, WI offers small grants for research projects that inform management decisions at the property. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited WI school are eligible. Click here for more information or contact Kathleen.harris@wisconsin.gov
 
Upcoming Events
 
Upcoming LEAF Courses
All courses are worth 1 graduate credit from UW-Stevens Point (also available as Audit). Course Fee: $100 unless otherwise noted (assumes scholarship granted). Visit LEAF's Professional Development Calendar for registration information. Email leaf@uwsp.edu with questions.

• NRES 623, Human Influence on Wisconsin's Forests
Online course runs February 1 - March 7
Registration deadline: January 8th
This online class that examines Wisconsin’s forest resources and the role our forests play in our past, current, and future ecological, economic, and social well-being. The course is designed for the K-12 classroom teacher who wants to acquire the background necessary to each their students about Wisconsin’s forests.

• NRES 620, Forestry Education for the Wisconsin K-12 Classroom
Meets online from February 1 to March 11, with a face-to-face meeting in the Green Bay area on Saturday, February 20
Registration deadline: January 8th
This course offers a strong introduction to principles, activities, and techniques for teaching K-12 students about the importance of Wisconsin’s forests to our ecological, economic, and social well-being.

• NRES 621, Special Topics in Forestry Education: Greening Your Math
Meets April 16 and 17 at Treehaven in Tomahawk
Registration deadline: March 18th
This course focuses on outdoor application of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. In addition to inspiring ideas, you'll also get mathematics-related LEAF lesson materials to take back to your classroom.
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