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Status and Needs of Environmental Education Related Organizations in Wisconsin:

Results of the 2016 statewide survey

In the winter of 2015-16 a digital survey was distributed to environmental education organization leaders across the state of Wisconsin. The goal of this survey was to investigate the current status of environmental education (EE) throughout Wisconsin and to help identify the different needs of these organizations in various focus areas. The information that was collected is being used to facilitate communication, collaboration, professional development, and outreach services and to increase the quality and quantity of EE in Wisconsin. A select summary of significant survey results are illustrated in the two-page .pdf below. This survey was supported in part by a Capacity Building grant from the North American Association for Environmental Education.
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Status and Needs of Environmental Education Related Organizations in Wisconsin: Results of the 2014 state-wide survey

(Kerlin, Kacoroski & Liddicoat, 2015)

Abstract:  160 Wisconsin environmental education (EE) related organizations responded to the 2014 status and needs online survey. The survey and report of findings includes general information about the organizations, trends in participation, land management, use of technology, program evaluation, and professional development needs and offerings. EE related organizations in Wisconsin serve an average number of 10,251 program participants. These organizations have extensive reach and impact across the state. Findings illustrate how and why some organizations have been more successful than others. EE related organizations have identified needs in the areas of technical and on-the-ground assistance with land management, use of technology to enhance environmental and outdoor education, and professional development in many organizational management skills and EE subject areas. Assistance is also needed in program evaluation along with coordination or use of standardized evaluation methods across organizations. Findings and recommendations included in this report can be used to increase the operational capacities and impact of EE related organizations in Wisconsin.

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A Community Needs Assessment to Explore the Feasibility of Expanding Environmental Education Programming

(Swatek, 2015)

For informal environmental learning centers wishing to expand their programs the researcher offers these recommendations from her study:
1. Before beginning, plan carefully. Take the time necessary to conduct important practices like a needs assessment before beginning a new initiative or program.
2. Know your neighbors. Practice mapping, inventorying, interviewing, or even meeting regularly with nature centers within the region to determine opportunities for partnership or collaboration.
3. Know your niche. Congruent with knowing your neighbors, identifying what sets your organization apart as well as understanding areas of similarity will aid in complementing rather than competing with environmental education programs in your area and work to build the capacity of understanding the importance of preserving our natural resources.

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