Check out the EE in Wisconsin calendar for a statewide list of environmental education professional development events.
US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools applications due December 1, 2014.
What is Environmental Education?
The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board defines environmental education as “a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. By these actions, environmentally literate citizens will help ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable environment” Read more about environmental education and find additional resources on EEinWisconsin.org.
Is Environmental Education Required?
Environmental education is required in Wisconsin schools. State law requires that every school district develop and implement a kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plan. In addition, environmental education objectives and activities shall be integrated into the kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plans, with the greatest emphasis in art, health, science and social studies education [see Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01(2)(k]. Teachers must also be prepared to teach environmental education and those with licenses in agriculture, early childhood, middle childhood to early adolescent, science and social studies must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in environmental education including the conservation of natural resources. [PI 34.15(4)(b)]
Environmental Education in Wisconsin
Victoria Rydberg, WI DPI Environmental Education Consultant
Green Ribbon Schools
Green & Healthy Schools
EEinWisconsin.org - the online guide to Environmental Education in Wisconsin.
For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608)266-0419
For questions about environmental science, contact Shelley Lee (608)266-3319