What Can You Do

​There are many things you can do every day to help improve environmental literacy and education and make it a priority in our society.  Below are just a few ways you can get involved and let people know you support and value environmental education.
Do you think environmental education is a worthwhile investment? We do too!
State Employees Combined Campaign
Investing in environmental education is easier than ever. If you or someone you know is an employee of the state of Wisconsin, you can support your favorite environmental education organizations through the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The campaign allows state employees to give to participating charities of their choice through a direct payroll deduction, cash, check, or credit card. The Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation is one of twelve umbrella groups in the campaign, and all of its members provide environmental education opportunities throughout Wisconsin (members include: Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation).  Consider giving to WAEE via the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation campaign through direct payroll deduction.  Learn more: http://www.secc.wi.gov/
Tax-deductible donations
The Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation, a 501c3 organization, works to improve the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens through investments in environmental education. They support innovative projects that empower people of all ages with the knowledge and desire to make choices that lead to the long-term health of our environment, economy, and people. Funds raised by the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation are used to pursue the goals and priorities identified in the strategic Plan for Advancing Environmental Education in Wisconsin and to extend the impact of the WEEB grants program.To learn more or make a donation visit: www.wisconsineefoundation.org.
You can support a local EE center or organization by volunteering your time. Help with a special event, assist with mailings, or work with visitors - your efforts will be appreciated. Contact your local EE providers to find out how you can help!
Join the Wisconsin No Child Left Inside Coalition
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The Wisconsin No Child Left Inside Coalition has developed an Environmental Literacy Plan for Wisconsin that addresses the environmental education needs of Wisconsin's pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade schools and pays special attention to creating more opportunities to get kids outside. The Plan recommends a comprehensive strategy to ensure every child graduates with the environmental skills and knowledge needed to contribute to a sustainable future.
National NCLI Coalition
The Wisconsin NCLI Coalition works in partnership with the National NCLI Coalition. The National Coalition consists of nearly 1500 business, health, youth, faith, recreational, and environmental and educational groups representing over 47.5 million Americans. The Coalition was formed to alert Congress and the public to the need for our schools to devote more resources and attention to environmental education.
The National Coalition is working to support legislation sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island to ensure that every student achieves basic environmental literacy. The No Child Left Inside Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) to include environmental education for the first time. The legislation would provide new funding for environmental education, particularly to develop rigorous standards, train teachers and to develop state environmental literacy plans. It also proposes giving states that develop such environmental literacy plans access to additional funds.
Communicating with Elected State Officials
Even when it's not a budget or election year, WAEE must remain visible to legislators on state and local levels. The state of the economy and local quality of life directly affect the environmental education efforts in Wisconsin cities, towns and rural areas.
Useful information on making the EE voice heard in Wisconsin
Developing Effective Messages (PDF)
Legislator Contact Tips (PDF) - General protocol, personal visits, letter writing (including template), and phone calls
Bill to Law (PDF) - How a bill becomes a law in Wisconsin and what you can do
Campaign for Environmental Literacy
The Campaign for Environmental Literacy helps the environmental education community advocate for increased federal funding dedicated to environmental literacy.
Use GoodSearch and Support WAEE
GoodSearch is an web browser that donates half of its revenue to organizations designated by its users. Use GoodSearch each time you do an Internet search. Designate WAEE as your organization of choice and financial contribution will placed in our account. Click on the GoodSearch logo (right) to start today!

​NAAEE Giving Week April 16-22​