KANSAS ASSOCIATION FOR CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
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.
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?
Board Member & Board member, past President, volunteer facilitator, donor.