University of Wisconsin–Madison
Education through Ecological Restoration – Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

High School WI First Nations Course Visits the UW-Madison Campus

Students sit on steps outside Memorial Library

Omar Poler, Sokaogon Chippewa Community member and Outreach Specialist with the UW School of Education, led a tour for nearly 50 students from Madison West High School in early October. These juniors and seniors enrolled in Wisconsin’s First Nations, a social studies course and the first of its kind in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The tour focuses on the long history and place-based cultural importance of the Ho-Chunk people, on whose ancestral land the University sits.

Carrie Bohman, a teacher at West, arranged for her two classes to walk to campus, “to get a feel for how important it is to walk the land, to feel the Earth under your feet.” Earth Partnership was pleased to support this field trip.

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