Education through Ecological Restoration – Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
Institute participants studying plants


Due to Covid-19, Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences Summer 2020 institutes will be delivered as online courses.

Content will include:

  • Interactive sessions with tribal educators, Elders, natural resource professionals, and Earth Partnership facilitators
  • Instructions for outdoor learning activities that can be done individually, anywhere
  • Group discussion and follow-up support for project implementation and curriculum integration.

Daily course structure: 

  • 9AM – 12PM: Online group meeting
  • Afternoon/evening: Hands-on, outdoor learning on your own time. Share activity experiences, engage in discussion forums, and get support and ideas from your colleagues and facilitators.

Three credits are available for participation from the UW-Madison Department of Curriculum & Instruction, tuition covered by a grant ($165 registration fee applies). There is NO FEE for non-credit participants.

For more information on Summer 2020 institutes, email us at

For WI DPI Licensure Stipulation

Please note that Summer 2020 Session I or Session II will meet the licensure stipulation if the institute (including attending each daily course meeting and completing all activities and assignments) is completed in addition to two additional follow-up writing assignments. These assignments will be outlined by DPI upon confirmation of completion of the IAS institute. This training only meets statutory license stipulations for “Wisconsin American Indian Tribes and Bands”, which is often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31. For those seeking to address statuary license stipulations, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Educator Preparation and Licensing – Statutory License Stipulations webpage for a list of approved courses and workshops.

Indigenous Arts and Sciences SESSION I

in partnership with Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau Bands of Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk Nation

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26

Registration for Session I has closed.

IAS Session I is held in partnership with Bad River, Red Cliff, and Lac du Flambeau Bands of Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk Nation (includes both Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk language and culture). Participants will gain culturally accurate and authentic resources about tribal sovereignty, history, culture and contemporary issues relevant to these four Native Nations. Participants will also gain a better understanding of diversity of perspectives related to environmental issues, climate change and preserving biodiversity as they impact Native communities in Wisconsin. Meet with Elders, tribal scientists, leaders and educators virtually and engage in outdoor field experiences as a way to deepen your sense of where you live and integrate culture of place into your teaching.

Indigenous Arts and Sciences SESSION II

with the intertribal partners of Urban Indigenous Arts and Sciences, based in Madison, WI

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24


IAS Session II is held in partnership with intertribal communities, Urban Indigenous Arts and Sciences – Madison focuses on local cultural landscapes, food sovereignty efforts, and other Indigenous-led environmental protection efforts that inform a place-based approach to learning and teaching Act 31 content. Sustained school-year support (using the Authentic Intellectual Work framework and experienced instructional coaches from UW-Madison School of Education) will guide participants in meaningfully integrating what they learn into their classroom or community work.



Earth Partnership Institutes

Professional Development in Restoration Education 

At an EP Institute you will discover how restoring native ecosystems:

  • Invigorate schools and communities with interdisciplinary learning experiences and citizen science approaches for all ages.
  • Enhance community awareness, skills, and knowledge of stewardship actions that enhance biodiversity and prevent pollution.
  • Connect youth to culture and place while teaching ecological and environmental issues and solutions.
  • Inspire students to develop a personal understanding of their relationship with others and the natural world.

Each institute is place-based and responsive to the community and culture. Graduate-level credits are available through the UW–Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Institute dialogue in Mexico

Before the Institute

  • Community dialogue informs instructional content, and partners create collaborative teams.
Ecosystem studies in forest

During the Institute 

  • Teams learn about local ecosystems and explore strategies for restoring biodiversity, promoting sustainable landscapes, and preserving a sense of place.
  • Teams develop action plans to engage youth and community in planning and implementing school and neighborhood restorations.
Middle school planting

After the Institute 

  • EP offers continued learning opportunities, resources, and on-site consultation.
  • Teams guide youth and communities in developing stewardship and monitoring projects.
  • Partners stay connected and share stories, knowledge, and research from their restorations.