2020 Annual Conference

Nurtured by Nature – November 5-7, 2020

WAEE is committed to the health, well-being and safety of all our members, friends and partner organizations.  In facing the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the conference committee decided to create a fun, engaging virtual conference in 2020.  We are planning to host our 2021 fall conference in Green Bay in early November next year. 

While it’s difficult to give up our valuable in-person experience, we hope that a virtual format will open WAEE up to new participants and expand our community in Wisconsin. Who do you know that always wanted to come to a WAEE gathering? Now is the time to invite them!

Our annual conference is our major fundraiser each year.  We are currently seeking sponsors. You can enter sponsorship suggestions into the survey or contact us at admin@waee.org

We can’t wait to see you (virtually) in November.

 

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 – Virtually

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