Save Environmental Education in Wisconsin

The infrastructure and funding for environmental education in Wisconsin is in jeopardy due to proposals in the Governor’s 2015-17 State Budget. Slated for elimination are the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and its grants programs and the Department of Public Instruction’s environmental education consultant position. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education would lose its legislated mandate. These cuts to environmental education are in addition to heavy cuts in other agencies that support environmental education, including the Department of Natural Resources and UW Extension.

Wisconsin’s long history of bi-partisan public support for environmental education dates back nearly 100 years. Wisconsinites can be proud of the investment they have made in environmental education – an investment that has inspired individuals to pursue natural resources careers and that has helped to develop the public’s literacy about and commitment to care for our natural resources. Today,Wisconsin is a national leader in environmental education thanks to its infrastructure of programming, leadership, and funding at the state level coupled with strong local, primarily private, organizations (e.g. nature centers). The statewide programs at risk provide support and coordination (e.g., funding, planning, networking, programming) that help local organizations thrive. We need to work together to protect these programs.

Our legacy of natural resource management and leadership in environmental education is in jeopardy. It is time to take action.


Here is what we are asking for:

  1. Restore state statutes creating the WEEB and WCEE
  2. Restore funding for WEEB forestry education grants and general grants
  3. Restore the DPI EE consultant position and funding.
  4. Restore natural resources educator positions at the WDNR

Top 5 ways you can speak up:

  1. Contact your State Senator, State Representative, Governor, and members of the Joint Finance Committee with a personalized letter (download sample letter template for legislators and the Governor), e-mail, or phone call explaining why you are opposed to the cuts to environmental education. Not sure who your legislators are? Find out here:
  2. Request a meeting with your State Senator and State Representative to discuss your concerns about the cuts to environmental education and ask them to oppose the cuts – including your hometown legislators!
  3. Write letters to the editor and ask community members (colleagues, friends, family, business owners, members of boards of directors) to do the same.
  4. Ask people you know to speak up on the harmful effects of proposed cuts to environmental education.
  5. Sign the Petition and encourage colleagues, friends and family to do the same!

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