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 Did We Learn? See the 2014 G-WOW Changing Climate Institute Agenda
What’s Next: As part of their training, educators completing the G-WOW Institute develop and complete climate service learning projects with their students or in their communities. These projects will be posted at www.g-wow.org under the “Talking Circle” icon. Educators are eligible to bring their students to a “Coastal Climate Camp” for climate change field experiences.“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
For more information: Contact Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension Environmental Outreach State Specialist, 715.561.2695 or Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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