Climate Strong! Leadership


Climate Strong! builds the capacity of teachers, informal educators, and youth to take action for building community climate resiliency within the Ojibwe Ceded Territory (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan). Climate Strong! integrates Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), culture, language, and leadership teachings with scientific ecological knowledge (SEK) to promote climate action. Maawanji’iding gekinoo’amaagejig (Gathering of Teachers) Climate Change Teach-In is part of the Climate Strong! initiative.

Maawanji’iding gekinoo’amaagejig (Gathering of Teachers) Climate Change Teach-In- Register Here!

When: Thursday, August 18, 2022   9:00 am – 3:00 pm CST

Where: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet, MN.

Who: Classroom teachers, informal educators, community youth educators from all disciplines, especially those serving tribal youth in the Ojibwe Ceded Territory of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

What: This “teach-in” will develop your confidence and competency to teach about climate change by integrating Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) with STEM– no matter what grade or discipline. The “teach-in” will start with a traditional opening followed by rotations of 45-minute training sessions. Snack and networking breaks are interspersed. Lunch provided. A traditional closing will send you home with a multi-disciplinary resource kit of tools to build climate change leadership and resiliency in your classroom and community.

Presenters include climate education, TEK, and STEM specialists from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Sessions include:

  • Hands-on activities to apply climate vulnerability research that integrates TEK.
  • Teaching climate through Ojibwe cultural perspectives and language.
  • Applying tribal climate adaptation strategies at a school/community level.
  • Integrating culture into teaching STEM and climate change.
  • Accessing quantitative academic climate science research.
  • Taking action using place-based, TEK, and academic science climate evidence.

Need more details?  See the Teach-In Agenda

Cost: FREE! Enrollment limited to 50 participants. Lunches, snacks, resource kits provided. All educators completing this teach-in will receive a stipend to offset travel costs ranging from $250 to $500 depending on distance traveled. Limited funding available to support lodging for participants traveling over 4 hours to attend.

Registration:  Register here to attend. Registration deadline extended to July 15st. All registrations will be confirmed. 

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What is Climate Strong?

Climate Strong! is designed to increase climate change knowledge and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators. Climate Strong! training opportunities include educator professional development, youth climate “camps”, and community leadership events that:

  • Weave traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the Lake Superior Ojibwe and place-based evidence in your community, with scientific ecological knowledge (SEK) to investigate climate change with students
  • Build leadership skills, personally and in students, that integrate Ojibwe and western leadership teachings
  • Engage students in culturally relevant climate leadership outreach and community-based action

Climate Strong! is a partnership with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, 1854 Treaty Authority, and Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, with funding through a NOAA Climate Resiliency Grant.

Past Climate Strong! Educator Institutes

2019 Climate Strong! Institute, July 8-12 2019

Our first Climate Strong! Institute was attended by 25 teachers, “informal”, and community educators serving youth audiences, especially tribal youth and  tribal communities from the Great Lakes region, including Canada!  Field sites included the  the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI and neighboring tribal communities of Bad River and Red Cliff.  See what we learned at our  2019 Climate Strong Institute Agenda

The 2019 Climate Strong! Institute receives positive participant feedback. Check out feedback we received 2019 Climate Strong! Institute Evaluation Results