2019 Annual Conference

Connect, Explore, Engage!

Photo credit: UW-Madison Union South https://union.wisc.eduWAEE is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Conference will be held

November 14-16, 2019

Madison, Wisconsin  

UW-Madison Union South 

Stay tuned for more details or contact WAEE Board Member and Conference Planning Chair, Deanna Erickson at deanna.erickson@ces.uwex.edu.

WAEE Annual Conference Call for Presenters Now Open

WAEE seeks compelling proposals that inform environmental educators about proven practices, push the leading edge of the profession, and motivate the pursuit of excellence. The call for proposals is open until June 28th, 2019.  Please invite those in your networks to share their work. An invitation from a WAEE member can help expand our learning and our community! Proposals should be submitted under one of the following 2019 strands:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

How can EE empower diverse perspectives?

Empowering diverse perspectives to enhance environmental education and creating opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and exchange; illuminating sense-of-place through diverse conservation and environmental perspectives, building accessibility and equity in programs.  We also seek proposals related to Act 31, which requires schools to public provide instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s eleven federally-recognized American Indian nations and tribal communities.

Creating Strong EE Programs and Centers

How can we be effective EE leaders?

Developing leadership and administration in environmental and outdoor learning programs, including staff recruitment and training, program marketing, organizational finances and grants, volunteer recruitment and management, development strategies, visioning and risk management. Promoting innovation and the effective use of technology.

Wisconsin Waters and Coasts

How can we use EE to protect water?

Addressing the need for clean water, healthy aquatic ecosystems and resilient watersheds and Great Lakes through environmental education and outdoor learning programs.  WAEE especially seeks presentations that use water as a means of illuminating the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability as well as Next Generation Science Standards.  

Advocating for EE

How do we use advocacy to strengthen the impact of environmental education?

These presentations promote civic engagement, environmental justice, conservation action, active stewardship, community discourse, collaboration with diverse partners and advocacy for environmental education in communities, schools, early childhood programs, universities, farm programs, non-profit organizations and the state of Wisconsin.


Session format options include 20- 45- or 90-minute concurrent sessions. Concurrent sessions will take place on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16th at UW-Madison Union South.  To submit a proposal for consideration, please click on the link below to fill out an online submittal. Let us know (admin@waee.org) if you would like a paper version to fill out.

All presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the conference and pay published conference fees. Fees are not yet finalized but WAEE members can expect to pay around $175. Non-member, one-day, and student rates will also be available.  A 20% discount on presenters’ registration will be offered.

Submit Your Presentation Proposal

Now open – until Friday, June 28th, 2019.