Program Impact and Reach

DOTS LogoBy The Numbers:

Since its beginning in October 2014 to March 2017, the DOTS program has reached a total of 6,610 participants, including over 3,800 youth and 1,200 adults. This includes professional presentations, the DOTS kit lending program, training events, workshops, direct programs and kits that are on long-term loans at various Nature Centers and schools. The DOTS kits are well traveled throughout the state of Wisconsin, accompanied youth on explorations to Yellowstone and have even crossed international borders to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Costa Rica and the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.


Maps of Impact


  •  17 unique locations have participated in the lending program
  • 28 different locations have hosted training events, workshops or  hosted Upham Woods staff for direct DOTS programs

    DOTS Outreach, Lending and Training Locations outside of Wisconsin

Locations of DOTS Training Events and Programs within Wisconsin

Locations of DOTS kit lending events. To learn more about the kit lending program, check out the DOTS Kit Lending page.













Case Studies and DOTS Program Reports

Wisconsin Water Monitoring

In the fall of 2017, Upham Woods received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (Grant no. EPA-00E02045) to support DOTS programming with a focus on local water quality. Collaborators in this project include Escuela Verde and the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, the School District of La Crosse, Northland College and Ashland and Bayfield County Extension programs. Check out the project website here.

Summer 2016: Island of Trinidad and Tobago

In July 2016, members of UWEX Faculty and Staff joined educators from Omaha, NE on their journey to understanding the Caribbean island country of Trinidad and Tobago. Using DOTS pedagogies and digital tools, the data they collected helped inform their inquiries regarding the flora, fauna, climate, geologic past, and cultural presence as they explored coral reefs, rainforests, and everything in between. Catch up on the summer’s data collection and questions that have arose from their experiences here. These educators then utilized DOTS kits in their regular classrooms, culminating in a student focused Wisconsin Science Immersion Experience in the Fall of 2017. For more on the student experience, click here.

Engaging At-Rick Populations Outdoors, Digitally (EARPOD)

A year-long study engaging underserved youth in meaningful outdoor experiences that increased environmental literacy, funded through Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) grant.

Project EARPOD: A Case Study

*NEW* Download this EARPOD research paper (pdf): an article on EARPOD, from Department of Youth Development, University of Wisconsin-Extension 

Costa Rica – Summer 2015

DOTS “On Location”

DOTS on location in Costa Rica

DOTS on location in Costa Rica

To learn about some of the exciting ways DOTS kits are being used and shared across the globe see Dr. Justin Hougham’s report below summarizing a recent opportunity to bring DOTS mobile technology kits to a group of Science Educators traveling throughout Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Trip Report – Summer 2015


La Escuela Fratney, Milwaukee, WI

Results of an intimate, three-month partnership between the DOTS research team and a Milwaukee County 5th grade classroom.

La Escuela Fratney: A Case Study


Digging Deeper With Data (DDD)

One semester long integrated science project, two central Wisconsin elementary schools, unlimited learning potential.

Digging Deeper with Data: A Case Study