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

Indigenous Arts and Sciences

Indigenous Arts and Sciences (IAS) is a collaboration with Native Nations throughout Wisconsin, rooted in the widely-held Native values of respect, relationship, reciprocity, and responsibility. Through work with youth, families, communities, and teachers, IAS addresses the need for culturally relevant learning experiences and career exploration in the context of environmental education.

IAS emphasizes community, place, and culture in approaches to ecological restoration, with the goal of “indigenizing” science (a phrase used by project advisor Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer). Indigenized restoration education involves connections to traditional seasonal practices and emphasizes learning from tribal elders. In addition to professional development for teachers, IAS involves year-round youth programs that support family-school-community connections.

Native Nation Seals

Indigenous Arts and Sciences is a joint initiative between the Bad River, Ho-Chunk, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, and Red Cliff Nations and Earth Partnership

Youth-produced videos

“Follow the Drop” through the Bad River watershed