2014 G-WOW Institute

DSCN7213“When I saw that we would be teaching about climate change…, I thought Ugghhh!!!  Now I see that the cultural impact of climate change is how to approach  middle school kids with this topic.“- G-WOW  Institute Teacher

The G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture Institute is a 4-day professional development experience designed to help educators increase their climate literacy and ability to guide students in investigating climate change and taking action. This is experiential, hands on training that integrates cultural perspective with science. In this Institute you will learn how to:

  • Integrate place-based evidence of climate change with the latest climate research
  • Evaluate the impacts of climate change on the environment, cultures, and  communities
  • Guide students in developing climate change service learning projects
  • Develop and share climate change curriculum with other educators
  • Integrate Ojibwe cultural perspectives, traditional ecological knowledge, and language components

Where Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI and surrounding coastal communities and tribal lands

Who:  Classroom teachers, community youth educators interested in climate change education

What Will You Learn? 

For a detailed itinerary of learning experiences, please see: 2014 G-WOW Changing Climate Institute Agenda

Day 1:  Building Climate Change Competencies: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland WI

Explore what’s up with our climate with scientists, resource managers, and cultural specialists. Investigate climate change using historic and projected research and learn how to use these tools.

Day 2:  Field Research: Chequamegon National Forest and Bad River Kakagon Sloughs, Odanah  WI

Investigate scientific research being conducted on climate change impacts on northern forests and investigate coastal climate impacts on the Bad River Kakagon Sloughs, wild rice, and the cultural practices of the Lake Superior Ojibwe.

Day 3:  Climate Change @ Stockton Island-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield WI

Sort out the climate change “controversy.” Take a “climate walk” to learn how climate change is affecting Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. What can we do to adapt to a changing climate?

Day 4:    Taking Action:  Red Cliff Tribal Fish Hatchery and Working Session at Legendary Waters, Red Cliff, WI

How are we planning for climate change impacts on coastal resources and people? Learn how to apply the G-WOW model as one tool to teach about climate change. Develop a climate change service learning project to implement with learners in your community. 

Cost:  NONE.  Costs are supported by our generous sponsoring agencies including the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, NOAA, and the National Parks Foundation.   A $400 teacher stipend and credit available from Northland College in Ashland, WI. (Credit will be 1 undergraduate credit, expected cost $350).  Morning coffee, snacks, and lunches provided. Educators completing the Institute will be eligible for financial support to bring their students to a “Coastal Climate Camp” field experience at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and/or the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

How to Apply:  Please refer to the 2014 G-WOW Institute Information Kit for complete details. Applications are due June 6th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 13th.  Enrollment limited to 25 participants.  Applying is e-z. Just fill out the 2014 G-WOW Institute Fillable Application. Please return a hard copy application form to Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension Office, 300 Taconite St., Hurley, WI 54534.  You will be notified by June 13 of your acceptance. Participants will receive a pre-Institute packet with a detailed agenda and other helpful information to prepare them for this unique learning experience.

For more information:  Contact Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension Environmental Outreach State Specialist, 715.561.2695 or Catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex.edu.


The G-WOW Initiative is a collaboration between UW-Extension, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), US Forest Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-National Park Service, and Wisconsin State Historical Society.

With funding through the WI Coastal Management Program, NOAA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the National Parks Foundation.



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