Education through Ecological Restoration – Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

Nibi gaa-gikinoo’amaage, Nibi gaa-bimaaji’iwemagak (Water will Teach, Water Will Give Life)

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will involve Red Cliff tribal community leaders, Elders, and scientists, NOAA Sea Grant personnel, and UW-Madison staff in collaboration with Bayfield/Washburn teachers to engage Native youth in a sustained year-round, for-credit field-based course on the Red Cliff reservation including meaningful watershed investigations, monitoring, stewardship, and relevant cultural education. Students will identify and implement water stewardship projects, share data and experiences with peers in multiple classrooms, in the community, and with Native students from five Native Nations in Wisconsin. Teachers will participate in professional development to support these experiences and make connections with local and global issues using student collected and NOAA data. Teacher mentors will support colleagues integrating culturally-sustaining, place-based curricula, and complementary watershed and stewardship experiences on and near the school grounds. Community members, youth, and teachers will participate in seasonal events to strengthen school-community relationships.