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September 5, 2013

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September 5, 2013

I'm a new member of KACEE and went to my first conference in Jul. In the past few years our school had cut conferences for teachers and I couldn't have afforded to go on my own. KACEE awarded a scholarship to my district and I was a lucky recipient.
From the conference I learned of many
resources for teachers and have taken over the Kansas Green Schools project in our school. The staff at KACEE have helped me get it all started.
Also at the conference I broke out of my "comfort" zone and went to a physics break out session that my students will benefit from and perhaps future automobiles will benefit from getting them interested at this younger age. Through the networking with other people in the state from the KACEE I have been able to get innovative ideas to teach students in different ways.
I have a renewed excitement to teach science this year and in the next several years. We will be working on an OWL site and a community garden.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Really nothing. Everything I have been a part of has been great.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 5, 2013

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September 5, 2013

KACEE serves an essential role in the state of Kansas to keep the energy and enthusiasm of environmental educators going. In a state as large and rural as Kansas, a networking group like this does truly crucial work. Beyond conferences, their use of social media helps inform members of opportunities and important conversations.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 30, 2010
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April 30, 2010
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This has been a very rewarding and interesting experience working with KACEE. Their environmental education reaches across the State of Kansas for traditional and nontraditional environmental educators. I am taking a vast storage of information back to my students, as well as parents, that we can spread in our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional capacity as an educator.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more cultural and ethnic presence to the board composition.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the open, family type of environment to all educators.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and competent (over the top) in their knowledge and expertise. They wanted to share as much information as possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of every Kansan by educating the children, through our early childhoon programs.

Ways to make it better...

more nontraditional educators had chosen to attend.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding for their many types of programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

KACEE is the model envirnmental organization that should be repeated and copied in every state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Fantastic! The conferences are fun and educational, and affordable. The staff is dedicated and knowledgeable. The is great opportunity to network.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending conferences, helping with awards and workshops

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. The conferences are wonderful

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff and impact more students, teaching the importance of wildlife and habitat to all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Many rural schools benefit the environmental programs offered by KACEE. Teachers in these schools can use the materials in their classrooms to meet state science and math standards. The lesson plans are easy to use and understand.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using lesson plans.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

diversity of individuals and experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach nmore children with environmental education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 27, 2010

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April 27, 2010

Shortly after moving back to Kansas 21 years ago, I’ve been involved in KACEE. For the past 16 years I have had the pleasure of serving on the KACEE Board of Directors, which includes a term as President. I have personally and professionally benefited from participating in the various workshops offered by KACEE. As an occasional nonformal educator, I have used the interdisciplinary curriculum, ideas, and teaching techniques generated from KACEE with school children, church associated activities with children, and even adults. What is really heartwarming and exciting to me is to see all the creative and beneficial conservation and environmental education activities across the state of Kansas that KACEE had a direct or indirect role in. However, I’m always amazed when I hear someone who recently found out about KACEE, who was “singing its praises,” and commenting that they can’t believe they never heard of it before. So, we, KACEE still has its work cut out in promoting conservation and environmental education opportunities to those who care about protecting our Earth and who want to teach our young people not what to think, but how to think.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a "state of art" environmental education and conference center in Kansas that would attract visitors worldwide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

KACEE is a non-profit that takes the idea of non-baised and science based environmental education to heart. Having this resource in our state puts Kansas ahead of the rest!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Project WET and WET in the City as well as in the Annual Kansas Environmental Eductation Conference. I was involved in the creation of the Topeka Water Festival now in it's successful 9th year.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed the networking opportunities and learning from a variety of individual members involved in the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

KACEE's staff is well educated in the field of education and natrual resources and each staff person infuses energy into its programs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They would continue to spread the word regarding environmental eduction. It would also be wonderful if KACEE could purchase land to be able to be able to have workshops in a retreat setting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

I have been involved with KACEE since I first moved to Kansas in 1993. It has been such a great resource for me throughout my career. What sets it apart from many other environmental education organizations is its one-stop-shopping opportunities throughout the state. If an educator needs information of any kind KACEE is the place to go. It facilitates all the main stream environmental education curricula in the state and is very innovative in creating new programs for underserved populations. Being a part of KACEE is like being a part of a large family you want to visit as much as possible!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the different project activities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way to solidify their endowment so finances were not an issue.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people. Everyone is so helpful. Members come from so many different areas, no matter what your question is, there is someone who can answer it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very friendly and very knowledgable about the organization and its programs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rule the world

Ways to make it better...

I simply had more time to really appriciate all the different activites KACEE has

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Time - there is so much to do and so little time to do it in. Being a non-profit, economics is also a challenge.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I recommend this organization to anyone interested in environmental education!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

I am a retired forester with over 50 years of experience in the natural resources field. I became involved with the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) shortly after it was organized over 40 years ago. KACEE was created as an association of diverse organizations dedicated to promotion of effective, science-based, non-biased environmental and conservation education throughout Kansas. Over my career, I have served as the head of the state forestry agency and the state wildlife and parks agency as well as two years on the Governor's staff. In these positions, I have been involved in a range of controversial natural resource issues. Throughout the time I held these positions, I continued to be actively involved with KACEE, because I recognized that long-term solutions to our environmental problems were dependent upon an educated citizenry who could weigh various sides of complex environmental issues and make and support informed, balanced decisions. KACEE's programs with training in hands-on problem solving and critical thinking skills seemed the approach that was needed. KACEE is somewhat unique in that it started as an association of organizations rather than individuals and its membership has grown to over 200 agencies, non-profits, educational institutions at various levels, and business and industry. These organizations hold widely divergent views on environmental issues, but can agree that balanced, non-biased environmental education that presents various sides on the issues is where they can agree and support a common cause. For many years, KACEE was an all volunteer organization, but through its success, now has a small dedicated professional staff supported by a wide network of volunteers and partners. I have found my association with KACEE and its network of partners to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many formal and non-formal educators who have integrated the hands-on critical thinking and problem solving approaches learned at KACEE workshops into their teaching techniques. I have learned valuable facilitating skills

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to meet and work with dedicated environmental educators in a worthwhile cause has been extraordinarily rewarding to me. The KACEE broad-based network of partners has been truly outstanding and valuable to me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers I have worked with in KACEE are outstanding individuals who are dedicated and effective leaders and communicators.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It would release the true potential of KACEE to work with and support a diverse network of partners to strengthen environmental education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I started working with KACEE over 8 years ago when I began my environmental education career. The KACEE staff and organizational members came alongside me and encouraged me to get involved and take on leadership roles. I have grown as an educator, a professional, an earth-conscience human through my KACEE experiences.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

creating a community of Water Festival coordinators that support and share with eachother to make environmental education fun, assessible, and highly regarded.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous, knowledgeable, creative, easy to work with, and lots of fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a high quality, comprehensive, interactive environmental education program that provides services to all Kansans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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