WAEE Bulletin - September 2013

WAEE Bulletin

September 2013

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


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.

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

August 13-15
WAEE Annual Conference 
in Stevens Point, WI 
Be part of the WAEE Board of Directors!
Nominations are now open for the WAEE Board of Directors. Join a fantastic team of environmental educators and provide direction to this organization as it goes into its 40th year! You too can help shape EE in Wisconsin.

Coming Soon to Your Inbox
Suggested By-law Changes
WAEE is proposing some by-law changes this fall. The purpose is to provide more flexibility of when our annual member meeting can be held. Details will be sent out in the next coming weeks via email. Our Annual WAEE Member meeting will be taking place at 3:30pm November 9th (just before the Excellence in EE Award Ceremony) at Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Please be there to share your comments and vote on these changes.  

Save the Date

Awardees have been notified. 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

Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Winter Workshop

January 24-26, 2014
at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Join the state organization as they host their annual professional development and networking workshop in Tomahawk, WI.  Enhance your portfolio, share your skills, expand your knowledge, and help enhance environmental education in Wisconsin. Be a part of this amazing workshop by sharing your work with others.
Sign up to be a Presenter this year!
Workshop Theme: Winter Workshop:  Survival or Revival

Survival:  How do you survive winter?  How does Nature survive winter?  What great survival stories related to EE do you have to share? What can you do to help your organization survive (grant writing, garnering community support, etc.)?  What adaptations have helped your EE programs survive and prosper?
Revival:  What revives you about winter?  How do you stay sharp and focused?  What techniques do you have to help infuse new life into a program?  What new ideas would you like to share?

America's Home Energy Education Challenge

This Challenge is a Fun Way for Kids Grades 3-8 to Learn About Energy Conservation

Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, America’s Home Energy Education Challenge gives students the chance to LEARN about energy, DEVELOP techniques for reducing energy consumption, and SAVE money in their own homes by reducing household energy use.

All students grades 3-8 can participate as long as they have a Team Advisor, including:

  • Public and private schools
  • Home schools
  • After school programs
  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other organizations

Students can also participate in the Energy Fitness Award by demonstrating a level of knowledge about energy after completing the lesson plans. Five (5) sessions are provided to Educators about energy generation, transmission, consumption, conservation, and management.

Register by November 15th, 2013

Updates from the WAEE Board

School has started and the chill in the air has arrived. The great thing about living in a temperate environment is the changing of the seasons. As we move into autumn, I hope you start to enjoy a bountiful harvest and changing of colors. WAEE also looks forward to the events fall will bring.
We are happy to have some WAEE members attending the Midwest EE Conference in Iowa September 25-28th. Are you going to be there? Don’t miss the state gathering on Friday evening from 7-8:30pm and the session we are facilitating “EE Associations Share Successes” Saturday at 1:25pm. Discover the successes WI and our neighbors are having in EE. There are scholarships (worth over $200) still available to attend this conference. Visit for details.
We will also be at the North American Association for EE Conference in Baltimore to network with other State EE Affiliates. We hope to learn more and become more involved with the national EE Consortium. Pending some funds WAEE applied for this year, WAEE will be in a position to offer some leadership and capacity building opportunities in the coming year. Stay tuned. 
WAEE, in partnership with WEEF, are anxious to be offering the State Excellence in EE Awards in Madison November 9th. Seven of the awards being given out or recognized that evening will include WAEE awards. We hope you can come out and show your support for the amazing people and organizations that make Wisconsin a national and international leader in EE.
WAEE is still seeking one more student board member for this school year. Please help us spread the word. Also, nominations are being sought for WAEE Board of Director positions starting January 1st. Have someone in mind? Please send in their nomination. Self-nominations also accepted.
I hope to see you all this fall. All the best,
Susan Schuller
WAEE 2013 Chair

LEAF courses offered at UWSP.

Greening Your Math Program: Mathematics in the Forest   LEAF and the UWSP Treehaven Field Station are hosting this hands-on teaching workshop for math teachers. The workshop 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.
Graduate credit from UWSP is being offered as NRES 741, and scholarships are available.  For registration forms and information flyers please visit our website
Forestry Education for the Wisconsin K-12 Classroom will be held in a HYBRID FORMAT this fall, with a face-to-face meeting on November 9th.  Get the convenience of online learning with the benefit of an interactive day spent with peers. LEAF’s hybrid workshop teaches you key forestry principles, demonstrates teaching techniques, and gives you great activities so you can easily integrate forestry education into your indoor or outdoor classroom. You will receive a grade-specific unit of our highly-regarded LEAF Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Lesson Guide and additional materials.
Graduate credit from UWSP is being offered as NRES 740, and scholarships are available.  For registration forms and information flyers please visit our website


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.


On August 22 and 23, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education visited Wisconsin on their ‘Education Built to Last’ Facilities Best Practice Tour. Green Ribbon School Honorees in three Wisconsin communities showcased their efforts, proving that utilizing available resources and making small changes can create safe, healthy, and comfortable spaces.

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