Environmental Education in Wisconsin

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State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated four schools and one school district for recognition in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program.  The nominated schools are Park Elementary School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District; Hurley K-12 School in the Hurley School District; Tomorrow River Community Charter School in Amherst, Tomorrow River School District; and Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes. In addition, Greendale School District was nominated for a District Sustainability Award. Read the complete press release.

2013 Green Ribbon School Honorees include Jefferson Elementary-Fox River Academy in the Appleton Area School District, Summit Environmental School in the La Crosse School District, Westlawn Elementary School in the Cedarburg School District, and Racine Montessori School in Racine. In addition, Fort Atkinson School District received a District Sustainability Award. 2012 Green Ribbon Schools Honorees include Dimensions of Learning Academy in Kenosha, Middleton High School in Middleton, and Purdy Elementary School in Fort Atkinson.


Environmental education is 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 (Wisconsin Environmental Education Board). Other definitions of environmental education can be found on the WAEE web site.

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


Wisconsin Environmental Education News and Updates Email List

Professional Development Calendar and Events for Environmental Education



General Information


Professional Organizations



About Environmental Education


Green Ribbon Schools


Green & Healthy Schools

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

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE)

Wisconsin Green Schools Network (WGSN)

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Green Schools National Network

Wisconsin-based Resources:

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



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

For questions about environmental science, contact Shelley Lee (608)266-3319