G-WOW “Changing Climate, Changing Culture” Institute scheduled for July 13-16

Applications due by June 5

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Applications are being accepted for the 2015 G-WOW “Changing Climate, Changing Culture” Institute, July 13-16 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The event will provide participants with field experiences in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest; Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and neighboring tribal communities.

This professional development opportunity is designed to increase climate literacy for teachers and community educators. It provides an element that is missing in most climate change training—the integration of science with place-based evidence to evaluate how climate is affecting the environment, people and economies.

Participants will learn how climate change is affecting cultural traditions of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people as an indicator of how climate is affecting everyone. Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Bad River tribal specialists will share traditional ecological knowledge and place-based climate investigations to build understanding of Native perspectives on climate change.

Dr. Dan Vimont of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change and other climate specialists will demonstrate how to apply climate research and share tips for communicating about climate change. Teachers and community educators will receive take-home climate change service learning tools to engage students and communities and share results through the G-WOW website (www.g-wow.org).

Participants are eligible to receive up to a $300 stipend to attend the Institute, plus transportation funds to bring their class to a follow-up climate change field experience. Applications are due June 5. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

G-WOW Institute educators are invited to extend their learning experience and attend a special “Climate in the Classroom” training program offered Friday July 17 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Duluth, MN. Motor coach transportation, food, and instruction will be provided at no charge.

The G-WOW Institute is sponsored by UW-Extension, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), US Forest Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-National Park Service with support from the WI Coastal Management Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the National Parks Foundation.

View a detailed itinerary and application form.

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