Environmental Education Award

2018 Brown County Conservation Alliance Environmental Education Award

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary’s OAK Learning Center nature-based 4-year-old kindergarten program received the Environmental Education Award from the Brown County Conservation Alliance on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The nature-based 4-year-old kindergarten is a unique learning opportunity. Based on the Forest Schools of Europe, this innovative approach to learning was implemented five years ago at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary with great success, educating almost 200 children to date.

The children spend about 80 percent of their time outdoors fostering empathy, exploration, and adventure while their teachers work on the social, academic and kindergarten readiness skills. A partnership between the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay Area Public School District and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, this highly sought after program remains tuition-free for the children of our community. Costs for similar tuition-based programs can range anywhere from $2,500 to $7,000 dollars or more for a half day program putting it out of reach for a great many children who would truly benefit from the experience.

Congratulations to Mike Reed, Director of the OAK Learning Center.