About SDW EE

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  • Welcome

    The School District of Waukesha (SDW) Environmental Education Program has provided standards based environmental education field experiences since 1976. Each year over 10,000 SDW students and 900 volunteers learn about the environment by participating in sequential classroom and hands-on learning activities. This program has been viewed as a state “model” for infusing mandated environmental education standards into the school curriculum.

    The site specific classes take place outside in the Fox River Sanctuary or inside at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center. The E. B. Shurts Center has three indoor classrooms, a resource library, and a strong collection of outdoor learning tools and equipment. The programs, resources, and equipment are also used by other school districts in the area that choose to bring students to the facility. The Environmental Education Program has also formed partnerships with other community organizations to provide learning opportunities for the general public.


    What is the purpose of Environemental Education? 
    Environmental education is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. By these actions, environmentally literate citizens will help ensure an ecologically and economically sustainable environment.
    What do we do?
    Environmental Education in the School District of Waukesha is a multi-facited program, it involves:
    • K-12 environmental education curriculum that is connected to all curricular areas and that helps students meet the state performance standards in math, science, social studies and language arts.
    • K-8 environmental education field experiences where classroom concepts, knowledge, and skills are applied and developed.

Contact Us

  • For additional information, please contact Emma Koeppel at 262-970-4333, or via e-mail at ekoeppel@waukesha.k12.wi.us

    E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center
    810 W College Ave.
    Waukesha, WI 53186