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2012 WAEE Fall Conference Summary
The theme for 2012 Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education was “Education, Conservation and Recreation on the Peninsula.” Over 165 environmental educators from all across the state attended this destination conference which was held at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, Door County. Educators had the opportunity to attend 10 different workshops and field trips during the day on Thursday.
The member meeting was held on Thursday evening followed by the night’s entertainment Ben There Dan That, a local duo who kept WAEE members dancing into the night. Friday morning’s Keynote Presentation by Dr. Stanley Temple, Aldo Leopold Foundation, gave us glimpses of the writings and teachings of Aldo Leopold by his own hand and spoke about the importance of keeping phenological records. There were 35 concurrent sessions offered Friday and Saturday in topics ranging from citizen monitoring to restoration, and from dragonflies to energy in the classroom.
After the morning of sessions, educators flocked together for the Birds of a Feather lunch, a meal dedicated to networking with others who occupy a similar niche in EE. Friday afternoon field trips and sessions were followed up by a traditional Door County fish boil presentation and buffet dinner. WAEE was proud to recognize 7 individuals with an award for excellence in environmental education. The Department of Public Instruction, Department of Natural Resources, K-12 Energy Education Program, and the Environmental Protection Agency also recognized Wisconsin educators with awards.
Dennis Yockers auctioneered the fundraising event to raise money for student scholarships. Together with raffle tickets, silent and live auction, WAEE raised over $3,200. Saturday morning’s Featured Speaker Jeff Rennicke, Conserve School, had many laughing and crying at his stories, photography, and philosophy on growing up wild. The 2012 WAEE Fall Conference was certainly a dream come true. Thank you to the planning committee, Board of Directors, sponsors, Landmark staff, volunteers, exhibitors, presenters and attendees that made the Conference such a success! We hope that you will join us again next year for the 2013 WAEE Annual Conference in La Crosse!