Summer Field Courses & Programs

Check out what we learned during our Summer 2018 Field Courses and Programs!

FIELD COURSES

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

UW Global Health field course students learning about the connections between environment, culture, and health 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. See what we learned in this field course: 2018 UW Madison Exploring Ecology, Culture and Health Field Course

 

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.

See what we learned in this field course:2018 Carroll College Ojibwe Culture and Ecology Field Course

 

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.

UW-Stevens Point climate field course students and instructors at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Eighteen natural resource college majors attended this field course and reached training in creating culturally relevant climate literacy that builds 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:  Cathy Techtmann- UW ExtensionDrs. Shiba Karr, Cady Sartini, and Holly Petrillo-UW Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. Click here for more information on this course. See what we learned in this field course: 2018 UW-Stevens Point Lake Superior-Natural Resources-Culture-and Climate Field 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, the Superior Rivers Watershed Association, and many other tribal and community partners.

 

YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

“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.

Kids Paddle programs include macroinvertebrate sampling, water quality testing, and on-the-water kayak explorations to understand the connections between the forest and Lake Superior.

Program are guided by UW-Extension Environmental 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 with programs resuming in late May 2019.  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.