2020 Annual Conference

WAEE Annual Conference Call for Presenters Now Open! 

Nurtured by Nature

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay WI, November 5-7th, 2020

Link to submit a proposal!

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 12th 2020.  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 aligned with one of the following 2020 theme and strands:

Conference Theme: “Nurtured by Nature”

Time in nature supports our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. As environmental educators, we share those benefits in our diverse communities. This year, WAEE celebrates human connection to the natural world and works to expand our vision towards resilience and well-being.

Conference Strands:

1.)  Get into the Great Outdoors

No PowerPoints in this strand! Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary offers miles of accessible trails. Take participants outdoors to share activities and build community. These workshops meet in an indoor space at the nature center before heading outside.

2.)  Environmental Justice through EE

Time in nature is not equally accessible to everyone in our communities, and the history of racism, sexism, classism and ableism has meant that environmental problems impact some people more directly than others. Share how your programs and staff are working to address this disparity and create a future where environmental and social responsibility drive individual and institutional choices.

3.)  Connecting to the Land and Each Other

Time in nature supports affiliation with the land and fosters strong bonds between participants. Share how you and your programs create, enhance and sustain these connections through activities, programs, and your site.

4.)  Resilient Systems in EE

Environmental education programs have adapted to many challenges in the past year, from changing program delivery and content to administration, fundraising and marketing. This strand helps EE practitioners learn from and support each other as we bounce back from these challenges. Share how you and your program adapted to COVID-19 or other challenges, or host a discussion for specific types of programs like nature centers, early childhood or K-12 programs