WAEE Winter Workshop
By Eleva Potter, Assist. Dir. Student Instruction

Conserve School staff showed up in force at the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Winter Workshop this past weekend at UW-Stevens Point field station, Treehaven, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. WAEE is a “member-based, professional community of individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds that promote environmental action, elevates voices for environmental justice, and celebrates excellence in environmental education.”  WAEE Winter Workshop is an annual event that brings together educators from all over Wisconsin to learn together, connect and celebrate environmental Education.

Ten Teaching Fellows, four Teachers and one Head of School attended a weekend of learning, sharing, networking and playing in the snow with other environmental educators. Conserve School staff contributed to the event by presenting, planning and inviting Conserve School friends along too. Science Teacher Leanna Jackan and Science Teaching Fellow Emma Velis presented to this group of educators on “A Place-based AP Environmental Science Class?”.  Stewardship in Action Teaching Fellows Hannah Barg and Shelby Roback presented on “Ethics of the Land: Diverse perspectives and experiences from the place we call home”. Art Teachers Nancy Swartz and Robert Eady presented on “Art in a science class-Absolutely!: How to teach it and where to include it”. And Stewardship in Action Teacher Eleva Potter and Outdoor Skills Teaching Fellow David Moy presented on “Wild Game Wednesday: Incorporating Fishing, Hunting and Conservation in the Classroom”. 

Teacher teaching

In addition to having many staff presenters, we were also excited to have two of our regular Conserve School guest speakers present at Winter Workshop as well! Conserve School friend, presenter, and Ojibwe educator Katy Bresette welcomed participants to ancestral Ojibwe land. Another regular Conserve School speaker and partner in education, Ojibwe forester, Jerry Jondreau, gave the Keynote Address on “The Good Life: Ojibwe Perspectives on Living Well on the Land”. 

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend to connect with the greater Wisconsin Environmental Education community. Our staff enjoyed sharing what we’re doing at Conserve School in various areas of our curriculum. It was refreshing and inspiring to connect with fellow educators, learn new things, and celebrate our mutual connection to the natural world.

Winter Workshop David and Eleva
Land Ethics lesson Shelby and Hannah

Photos contributed by Stefan Anderson, Head of School and Eleva Potter, Assistant Director of Student Instruction. 

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