KANSAS ASSOCIATION FOR CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 2610 Claflin Manhattan KS 66502 USA

Mission: The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education(KACEE) promotes and provides effective, non-biased and science-basedenvironmental education to all Kansans.
Results: KACEE has provided educational training and resources for more than 20,000 Kansas educators using high quality environmental education programs like Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and the Leopold Education (early childhood, K-8 and secondary programs).
Target demographics: Environmental educators of PreK-12 Kansas children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500+ Educators
Geographic areas served: State of Kansas
Programs: KACEE is the state coordinator for Project Learning Tree/PLT Secondary Modules, Project WET, Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic. In addition, KACEE coordinates WET in the City and the Leopold Education Project in Kansas.
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Rating: 5 stars  

KACEE is a fantastic organization that plays a vital role in our state in the promotion and implementation of environmental education and teacher trainings. As a partner for administration of the Project WILD program, they are top-notch and have far exceeded expectations in providing valuable trainings and other opportunities for formal and non-formal educators alike. The staff are the utmost professionals and their expertise shines through. It has been a pleasure and privilege to be associated with the group and hope that the relationship will continue to prosper for years to come

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

find a way to stabilize and secure adequate funding for all the programs they do. They take on so much and have do it with minimal funding and staff.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

KACEE is a great organization promoting enrivonmental knowledge and legacy to children by educating them and their teachers. Not only are classroom teachers provided with materials and help for their classrooms but others at nature centers and in various organizations use KACEE programs and information to instill environmental steward ship and understanding to Kansans young and old. With more stress on our schools to provide more with less. Supporting KACEE is essential to the understanding of our natural resources, as our children become decision makers in that future.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Kacee brings professionals and lay people from a diverse array of fields together to work as one towards a more environmentally literate Kansas. Their workshops, conferences, and cutting edge work on educational standards and legislation benefits students, educators, and other residents of the state. The dedication of KACEE's staff, board and volunteers makes this organization a leader in the field of environmental education. I am proud to be associated with such a great organization and have benefited both personally and professionally from my involvement with KACEE.

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

Provide greater funding to them to further support and expand their valuable work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

using lesson plans.

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?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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!

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

working with the different project activities.

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.

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?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I had a great expereince helping KACEE with their award ceremony. I was a great opportuntity to see the amazing, grassroots projects and environmental education initiatives!

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

on-going, peer-led trainings, environmental education recognitions, and constructive evaluations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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