Climate Strong!

“Climate Strong” Climate Leadership: Educator and Youth Training Opportunities

Climate Strong! will increase the readiness of community educators, and the middle to high school students they serve, to build community resiliency to extreme weather and environmental hazards that face the Ojibwe Ceded Territory (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan). The program will feature teacher and informal community educator training based on the G-WOW climate literacy model, focused on Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge, culture, language, and leadership teachings. In addition to train-the-trainer educator institutes, Climate Strong! includes youth climate leadership “camps” and community climate leadership outreach events.

2019 Climate Strong! Professional Development Institute, July 8-12

Mark your calendar: Our first Climate Strong! Educator Institute will be held July 8-12, 2019 and will based at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and neighboring tribal communities of Bad River and Red Cliff. Enrollment will be limited to 35 participants. Training will increase climate change teaching competency and leadership by engaging participants in traditional ecological knowledge and place-based investigation integrated with western climate science. This project is a partnership with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, UW-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and Lake Superior NERR, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.

Cost:  FREE with stipend support to offset attendance costs. Participants will be eligible for mini-grants to support student led community climate resiliency projects and to attend a Climate Strong! Camp.

More information and application materials will be posted to this site soon. For more information contact institute coordinator Cathy Techtmann at

Stay tuned for more information on this innovative leadership program! Here’s the 2019 Climate Strong! Institute flyer for more details.