Applications being accepted for G-WOW ‘Hear the Water Speak’ Institute

Edith LeosoContact Catherine Techtmann, 715-561-2695,

Do culture and science agree that climate change is affecting communities and economies? What can educators and students do to understand and engage in the issue of climate change?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 G-WOW “Hear the Water Speak” Institute, July 18-21 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center with field experiences in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and neighboring Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities.

This year’s Institute has a special focus on climate change and “nibi” (Ojibwe for “water”). This professional development opportunity is designed to increase educators’ climate literacy and response using the G-WOW climate literacy model.

The “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban” (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW” Initiative is a unique approach to increasing awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures and economies. It integrates place-based evidence of climate change with science, using impacts on the cultural practices of the Lake Superior Ojibwe as an indicator of how climate is affecting all cultures. Educators will learn how to apply the G-WOW model within the cultures and communities they teach.

The Institute features place-based investigations with the Bad River Watershed and Lake Superior, supported with classroom training. Participants will learn how to apply and integrate climate research from sources such as the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI). They will take home teaching tools to engage students in climate service learning projects. The results of those projects will be shared through the G-WOW website ( The Institute will be filmed by UW-Extension Instructional Communication Services to create an online training resource.

There is no charge to participate in the Institute. Participants are eligible to receive a $300 stipend. Applications are due June 10. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. The 2016 G-WOW “Hear the Water Speak” Institute is supported through the Great Lake Restoration Initiative and sponsored by UW-Extension, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore-National Park Service, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), and the US Forest Service.

For more information, contact Cat Techtmann, UW-Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist at 715.561.2695,, or visit for more information and an application form.


Photo: Edith Leoso, Bad River Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, speaks about climate impact on wild rice in the Kakagon Sloughs.

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