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Check out what’s coming up in Summer 2018


University of Wisconsin Global Health “Exploring Ecology, Culture, and Health in the Wisconsin Lake Superior Region” Field Course, May 30-June 5

UW students at Frog Bay Tribal Park, Red Cliff, WI

This course challenges students to reflect on their current assumptions and worldviews of health and wellness and be changed by new ideas, viewpoints, and perspectives through a field immersion in the culture, communities, and landscapes of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Region. They will be introduced to Ojibwe cultural knowledge and community-academic partnerships with Wisconsin First Nations tribes, to explore ways they can take what they learned and apply for future engagement with First Nations communities and in their own culture. Field course learning locations include Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities, Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron Counties, and Madeline Island. Field course co-directors:  Dr. Heidi Busse-UW Madison and Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension.


Carroll University “Ojibwe Culture, Society, Ecology” Field Course, July 23-27

Carroll University students learning about fire, ecology, and culture with Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ranger Damon Panek

This cultural immersion experience integrates western science and traditional knowledge of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people to explore the inter-relationships between tribal sovereignty, culture, and sustainability of natural resources.  Learning sessions include introduction to tribal sovereignty, Ojibwe language, impacts of cultural trauma, a wild rice cultural tour, experiencing how fire is being introduced as cultural tool in the management of Stockton Island, participating in the Sandy Lake Memorial ceremonies, attending the Voigt Task Force meeting of Ojibwe tribal leaders, learning from tribal elders and natural resource experts, can culturally based service learning activities. Field course co-directors:  Dr. Aaron Rothe-Carroll University and Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension.


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point “Natural Resources, Culture, and Climate Change”, September 14-17

Based on the G-WOW climate change model that integrates western climate science with traditional ecological knowledge of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, participants will evaluate place-based evidence of a changing climate within the Wisconsin’s Chequamegon Bay region. This workshop is designed to expand climate change literacy for current and future natural resource professionals by integrating climate science with place-based economic and cultural perspectives that resonate with learners and engage them in climate change mitigation or adaptive decision-making. By integrating scientific knowledge with economic and culturally relevant place-based research and innovative natural resources management outreach methodologies, participants will gain an understanding of climate impacts and needed adaptations in integrated natural resources management and decision-making. This culturally relevant climate literacy will provide ways and help build community leadership based on a systems approach to mitigate or adapt to climate changes. This program is supported by a grant from Sea Grant. Field course co-directors:  Drs. Shiba Karr, Cady Sartini, and Holly Petrillo-UW Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and Cathy Techtmann- UW Extension. Click here for more information on this course.

These field courses are done as a partnership of UW-Extension, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Bad River and Red Cliff Bands of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, and many other tribal and community partners.



“Kids Paddle Forest to Lake” Programs

The 2018-2019 “Kids Paddle Forest to Lake” offers youth a fun “hand on” opportunity to explore the relationship of Lake Superior’s forest lands and its water resources by connecting them public lands, habitats, and watersheds on Lake Superior’s Fish Creek Estuary, Ashland WI. Youth will monitor water quality, sample macroinvertebrates, and explore the connection of land and water by kayak. Program are guided by UW-Extension Enviornmental Outreach Specialist Cathy Techtmann, US Forest Service Interpretive Specialist Susan Nelson, and Superior Rivers Watershed Association Director Tony Janisch. This program is open to youth ages 12 and older including school classes, summer camps, youth groups & organizations. Group sizes between 8 to 52 participants are welcome. When: June-October 2018. Program duration = 3 hours. Advance registration required. Where: Fish Creek Estuary and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI. Cost: Program costs provided by a US Forest Service Youth Engagement grant. Transportation “scholarships” are available. No experience needed. All equipment provided. Click here for more information.