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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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!