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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

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.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE is the organization in Kansas to provide professional development for educators in conservation and teaching about our environment. Without them, it wouldn't exist. Keep up the great work!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an educator I was able to get help professionally and grants to pursue projects at my school. Some of the projects were: school garden with raised beds, irrigation, and all weather paths; equipment for environmental monitoring, student camping trips to get inner city kids into the outdoors. Without the help of KACEE the professional development and materials to implement the things that I learned would not have happened. KACEE also provided a state and national network for help in my teaching.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about KACEE. This organization is on the leading edge of Environmental Education. KACEE has amazing, knowledgeable staff that work hard to make sure not only Kansans, but EVERYONE gets a well-rounded education. They understand how important it is to spend time outdoors and the true value of our natural resources. I am a better educator thanks to their workshops and support. A truly wonderful nonprofit organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of KACEE for over 10 years and am proud to say I am serving in my first year as a board member. I can't say enough about how being involved in KACEE has made me a better professional on all levels. The staff is completely wonderful, dedicated to the field, and easy to work with. If you are looking for excellent resources and a network for quality environmental education, this is it!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first got hired at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in 2015 as the Environmental/GIS Technician. The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education was the first training that I completed. It made an impact on how I conducted education/outreach both on and off the Reservation. Through my KACEE training, I was able to meet someone from the Grasslands Heritage Foundation and conduct an educational booth at one of their events. This allowed me to utilize my KACEE training to demonstrate the complex system of a watershed in a very accessible way. Earlier this year, our tribe held our annual Earth Day celebration and the tribal daycare came to visit our environmental office. I was able to further utilize my KACEE training to preschool age kids teaching them about clean water and a clean environment in a way that they could understand and have fun learning. Connecting with and completing KACEE training early in my career shaped the way I approach education/outreach as an environmental technician. Educating is key in reaching out to community members and encouraging better environmental practices. Rather than being bogged down with scientific information, KACEE enabled me to reach out to various aged tribal community members in a fun and informative way that better communicates the importance of a healthy environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

KACEE is one of the most open and friendly professional organizations I have ever been a member of. The staff and Board make the extra effort to involve members and non-members alike in working towards the goal of a providing high-quality, non-biased environmental education to all Kansans, regardless of age, vocation, political affiliation, etc. The organization provides their own programming and also provide excellent networking opportunities for a wide array of entities in our state that deal with the education of our citizens. They are able to take the task of providing quality education efforts seriously, but yet have a lot of fun in doing so. That's not a mixture often available to be a part of . KACEE also provides a platform for recognition of other organizations and individuals that excel in the field of environmental education. I am proud to be a member and get to be involved in the great things that KACEE has already accomplished, what they are currently doing, and what we have yet to accomplish in the future in the field of environmental education

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started working in EE about 23 years ago. Totally new to education, especially Environmental issues, and it was a KACEE workshop that taught me how to approach issues, how to engage the students, how to make it relevant to their world and how to empower them to action. I now work with teachers to help them the way KACEE helped, and continues to help, me!
When I go to National EE conferences, I constantly see KACEE stamped in EE efforts being presented. KACEE is one of the first and continues to be one of the leading EE organizations.
I have so many great memories. I look forward to making many more!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE is not only a great state-wide organization, but also a leader among EE organizations in the US and beyond. I have worked with KACEE for many years and have very impressed with the professionalism and leadership they have shown, both regionally and nationally. I would say that KACEE is one of the top 5 environmental organizations in the Nation!

1 Denise60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The support and professional development I have received from the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education group has been outstanding!! They are on the cutting edge of helping our high school graduates become environmentally literate citizens. This is evidenced by our state having hundreds of certified Kansas Green Schools, two Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education teacher award winners and several schools winners of the Green Ribbon Schools award from the national dept of education which could not have been possible had they not been the outstanding organization it is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found a home both proessionally and socially with KACEE. The quality of information shared is top notch and the networking is fantastic!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with members of KACEE over the years via a national educators organization. I have also worked first hand with KACEE through a educational partnership creating a new program specifically designed for school group in Kansas. The KACEE organizational program made the partnership run smoothly and initial contacts from working throughout the stet were instrumental in seeing the program develop and to the eventual success of the project. Their professional approach and willingness to work with other to attain the final goal of quality education for students is what I will remember most. A great organization known statewide and beyond for their professional expertise and willingness to work and cooperate with others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE is an invaluable part of environmental education in the state of Kansas. Their professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm go above and beyond any other organization of their kind. KACEE's impact on EE is seen not only in this state, but nationwide. They strive and succeed to provide the most up-to-date and relevant conservation and environmental education available. I would recommend this organization to anyone looking to better their teaching skills.

1 Libby L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE's trainings and programs have been instrumental in my training as an environmental educator. In fact, they not only offered the first training I attended as a novice naturalist back in 1997, but they were the most recent training I attended - fall of 2012 - as well. This ability to stay relevant and fresh to even seasoned environmental educators is commendable.

GeoVenturing W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During 2004, KACEE empowered my Eco-Futurist facilitator role during USEPA Region 7 Four-State Enviro-Educator Leadership Conference. That experience led me into a KDHE-KWO funded Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP Class 6-2005).

Both TravelKS Frontier Military Historic Byway (AGR-iTourism) watershed orientation kits and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) resulted from TRUST-based relationships.

Kansas University Alum & Author-Speaker Richard Louv continues advocating "No Child Left Inside" themes that enhance or expand scope of KACEE's inter-regional reach ...

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE is not only a great state-wide organization, but also a leader among EE organizations in the US and beyond. I have personally learned so many amazing things from to apply in my own organization and know that many others have as well. Kudos to KACEE for doing high quality work that improves EE in Kansas and also serves as a model for others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At a time when everything is politicized, KACEE breaks through with non-biased, science-based environmental education resources for educators and other professionals. Their staff are some of the best in their field, their board is committed and ready, and their members are engaged.

It is not just Kansas that benefits from the work of this organization, but the nation. KACEE is recognized nationally for their efforts and successes. They are leaders among leaders - great job!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

KACEE is the go to organization for conservation and environmental education in Kansas. The programming and professional development offered through KACEE generally exceeds participants expectations and is always a great opportunity for the price (when registration fees apply). I have been fortunate to be involved with KACEE for 12 years and have truly enjoyed every event they have hosted.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kathy123

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.