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.
Urban IAS Virtual Institute continues in its third year. The Institute focuses on diverse Native American experiences in an urban context. Since the University of Wisconsin-Madison resides on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation we will integrate place-based Ho-Chunk teachings.February 11, 2021
IAS Intertribal Virtual Institute in collaboration with Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau, Ho-Chunk Nations, and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and College of Menominee Nation. Participants will meet and learn from six Native Nations in Wisconsin.February 11, 2021
Earth Partnership and our Partners have decided that it would be best to offer virtual programming for the summer of 2021.February 11, 2021
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Before the Institute
- Community dialogue informs instructional content, and partners create collaborative teams.
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.
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.
A Note of Appreciation
In Summer 2020, IAS institutes were offered online for the first time, due to Covid-19.
Earth Partnership and Bad River, Red Cliff, and Lac du Flambeau Bands of Ojibwe and Ho-Chunk Nation hosted a week-long, inter-Tribal session in June.
A week-long summer program for Native youth from these communities was also hosted.
Earth Partnership, in collaboration with Ho-Chunk Nation partners, offered an Urban Indigenous Arts and Sciences institute in July.
Miigwech, Pinagigiwi, Thank You to all partners and participants for an excellent summer of learning, sharing, and relationship-building – all online! Together we adapted to difficult circumstances and found new ways to explore and engage Indigenized science and environmental stewardship.
Photos and resources from 2019 IAS institutes in partnership with Bad River/Red Cliff, Ho-Chunk, and Lac du Flambeau Nations - and the first-ever Urban IAS institute in Madison, WI.