There is no bigger supporter for WAEE than the WI Center for Environmental Education (WCEE). They give financial support, yes, but almost more importantly they give the organization their time. The WCEE almost always has someone on the WAEE Board, staff serve on committees and have spear-headed the planning for the Fall Conference more than once in the last ten years. The WAEE is extremely grateful to have them as a partner and supporter!
The WCEE is home to many of the states most successful environmental education programs. As a teacher you have probably taught or been taught a lesson or activity that was developed by the WCEE, even if you didn’t know it at the time! This dedicated staff has drastically changed the face of environmental education and continue to challenge and direct the state to bigger and better ways of thinking. Within the walls of the WCEE you will find the staff for the K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), K-12 Forestry Education Program (LEAF), Global Environmental Teachings (GET), Education for Sustainability (EfS), WI Environmental Education Board (WEEB), WI Environmental Education Foundation (WEEF) and the Masters Degree for Teachers. The staff of the WCEE are also the faces behind the environmental education Resources Library, the EE in WI online resource, the Environmental Science Teacher Network, and the WI Highschool Conference on the Environment. The links for all of those programs are included because it was take a book to thoroughly describe what each one does throughout the state. If you are unfamiliar with any of the programs that the WCEE has I would strongly encourage you to click the link!
To find all of these folks you will have to visit the University of WI – Stevens Point. Because of their location on campus they also have the unique opportunity to work with both undergraduate students and graduate students on projects, outreach and larger events. So in their spare time they are also mentors to the next generation of environmental educators.
On what it is like to work at the WCEE and be a part of so many incredible programs Susan Schuller said,
“The WCEE is a special place to work. Staff are encouraged to become leaders and supported to do so. We take pride in what we do. We thrive on working with schools and the communities around them to become more environmentally literate and more engaged in sustainable practices.” She also said that it is the leadership behind them that enables them to give back so much and partner with other organizations and events.
This group of staff, both past and present, have also provided the state with some of the most insightful research and publications in the field of environmental education. I don’t think it is possible to do research on environmental education in WI and not run across documents written by names like Wilke, Sivek, Lane and Champeau.
Having been a student at UWSP I got a chance to work first hand with many of the WCEE staff. They are truly an incredible group of people. The WAEE could not provide the opportunities of the Fall Conference and Winter Workshop without the support of the WCEE.
~written by Abbie Enlund, WAEE Board Member and greeningsamandavery.typepad.com ~