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! training opportunities include:

  • Educator Professional Development Institutes
  • Youth climate “camps”
  • Community climate leadership events

Climate Strong! applies the G-WOW climate literacy model and integrates Ojibwe traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), culture, language, and leadership teachings with scientific ecological knowledge (SEK) to promote climate action.

For more information about Climate Strong! contact Cathy Techtmann at
This Climate Strong! Initiative 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.

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CLIMATE STRONG! Educator Professional Development Institutes

Given the concerns with the COVID-19 virus in our tribal communities, the in-person 2020 and 2021 Climate Strong! Institutes have been postponed. In summer 2020, we  will be offering a Climate Strong! Institute at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and a second institute in an Upper Peninsula of  Michigan tribal community.  Please check back for updates.

Climate Strong! Institutes are designed to increase climate change knowledge and leadership competencies in formal and informal educators to:

  • 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! Institutes feature classroom sessions, field tours, and hands on demonstrations of activities and tools that educators can apply to build youth climate leadership and community resiliency. These were powerful, place-based learning experiences supported by take home resources and after Institute support.  Attendance is FREE with stipend support to offset attendance costs. Participants receive tools, resources, and follow up support for community based climate outreach including: mini-grants to support student led community climate resiliency projects and funding to attend a Climate Strong! Camp with a student(s) from your community.  Join a growing network of teachers and educators who are engaging youth in culturally relevant climate leadership!

Field investigation of climate impacts on manoomin (wild rice)

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

Climate Strong! Youth Climate Camps

Climate Strong! youth climate camps are planned for 2020-2021, but may be delayed due to Covid-19.  More information will be posted here when available.