Environmental Education in Wisconsin

Upcoming Events

Youth Summit, April 14, 2016 at UW-Stevens Point 

7th Annual No Teacher Left Inside Institute, July 18 – 21, 2016 at Conserve School (link to come)

Check out the EE in Wisconsin calendar for a statewide list of environmental education professional development events.

Latest News

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
(608) 266-0419


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About Environmental Education in Wisconsin


Professional Organizations and Programs


Wisconsin-Based Resources

Cover of the Environmental Literacy PlanWisconsin's Plan to Advance Education for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability in PK-12 Schools

Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Environmental Education


PI 8.01 Curriculum Planning (Third page K.1.a and 6.b)

PI 34.15 4(b) Teacher Preparation Regarding Environmental Education








Green Ribbon Schools


Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin


Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE)


Wisconsin Green Schools Network (WGSN)


North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)


Green Schools National Network


Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers

EEinWisconsin.org - the online guide to Environmental Education in Wisconsin.


Children’s Cooperative Book Center Eco-reading List






Nature Net


Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


Project WILD/WET




UW Extension, Environmental Resources Center (ERC)


UW-Sea Grant Institute


Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE)


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)


Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB)


Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin (GHS)


Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)


Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program (LEAF)


Wisconsin State Herbarium


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For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608)266-0419.