‘Hear the Water Speak’ Institute accepting applications

Contact Catherine Techtmann, 715-561-2695, catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex.edu

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 being accepted for the 2016 G-WOW “Hear the Water Speak” Institute, July 18-21 based at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wis. with field experiences in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Stockton Island, and neighboring Bad River and Red Cliff tribal communities. This professional development opportunity to targeted to teachers of all levels, community leaders, and youth educators.

This year’s Institute has a special focus on climate change, “nibi” (Ojibwe for “water”), and aquatic environments. This professional development opportunity is designed to increase educator’s climate literacy and response using the G-WOW climate literacy model. This model 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. Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge and language are integrated into the Institute.

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. Projects can be shared through the G-WOW website (www.g-wow.org). The Institute will be filmed by UW-Extension Instructional Communication Services to create an online training resource available to all.

There is no charge to participate in the Institute. Participants are eligible to receive a $250 stipend upon course completion. Applications have been extended through June 24. 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, and the US Forest Service.

For more information, contact Cat Techtmann, UW-Extension environmental outreach specialist at 715-561-2695, catherine.techtmann@ces.uwex.edu, or visit http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/nglvc/2016-hear-the-water-speak-climate-institute/ for more information and an application form.

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