Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education

Jackson, WY   |  www.wyaee.org

Mission

The mission of the Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education is to strengthen and amplify the work of environmental educators in Wyoming.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education is an affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education. We also work collaboratively with EE organizations in neighboring states to increase the impact of our organizations across the Northern Rocky Mountain and Plains states

Ruling year info

1996

Executive director

Ms. Susan McGuire

Main address

PO Box 11246

Jackson, WY 83002 USA

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EIN

83-0301888

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to increase the environmental literacy of residents in Wyoming of all ages. High quality environmental education is not accessible in many places in the state, especially in rural areas and small towns. The quality and quantity of environmental education must increase across the state to provide residents with the resources to understand environmental issues and develop a sense of stewardship.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WY Environmental Education Certification

A program to certify environmental educators who have achieved the knowledge and skills required of highly professional EE providers (under development).

Population(s) Served
Adults

A citizen science program for middle school students in after-school programs. This program is being introduced in partnership with the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A science/environment curriculum for preschool and early elementary students and their families.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

A program for 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades that is implemented by staff of Weed & Pest districts whom we train.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

North American Association for Environmental Education 1996

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to build partnerships with other organizations to create a network of environmental education opportunities across the state. We are also working to improve the quality of environmental education through better training of EE providers and providing access to higher quality, locally relevant EE experiences.

WyAEE is currently working on four strategies:
1) developing a professional certification program that aligns with the standards for EE providers established by the North American Association for Environmental Education ( of which we are an affiliate),
2) introducing citizen science curricula into after-school programs, using Science Action Club, which was developed by the California Academy of Science specifically for after-school learning,
3) being part of a national effort to introduce a curriculum called Leap into Science for preschool and early elementary students; this curriculum was developed by the Franklin Institute of Science for young children and family learning and introduces basic science concepts in the context the children's lived experiences (e.g., "wind" and "light & shadow"),
4) helping resource management agencies improve the quality of their educational outreach.

We are a small organization, which is why we work in partnership with other organizations in the state. For the EE certification program, we are partnered with Teton Science Schools. For the Science Action Club curriculum, we are partnered with the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance. We are part of a coalition with The Wyoming State Library and the WY Afterschool Alliance to train preschool and early elementary educators on Leap into Science. We have partnered with the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council to develop an outreach program into 2nd-5th grade classrooms that meets the agency's needs to teach about the impacts of invasive species and also meets state science education standards. Most organizations in Wyoming are small, but by partnering, we can magnify our impact by leveraging skills, money, and connections.

The EE certification program is still under development. We have a planning committee that is working on specific components. All committee members underwent training in NAAEE's certification standards in order to better plan Wyoming's program. We are hoping to pilot the program in 2020. We have 13 after-school programs offering Science Action Club, which has completed its second year. We trained 47 early childhood providers and librarians that offer programs for young children and families. They have just started using the curriculum. The partnership with the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council is in its third year, with programs for 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades completed, pilot-tested, and revised. We trained 25 WWPC staff people on how to offer the 5th-grade program in their local districts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), feedback forms that are required in order to participate in a program,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, strategic planning,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are going into a strategic planning phase in 2020 that will also include a development plan and business plan based on data we are currently collecting from constituents, partners, and other environmental educators.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Wyoming Alliance for Environmental Education

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Susan McGuire

retired

Term: 2018 - 2024

Dusty Downey

Audubon of the Rockies

Meta Dittmer

Teton Co. Weed & Pest

Nathan Doerr

Draper Museum of Natural History

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/10/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability