Habitat restoration provides opportunities for exciting real-life projects that can extend through the K–12 curriculum and beyond, incorporating science, math, social studies, and language arts. We invite teachers, informal educators, natural resource professionals, families, and students to participate in a one-week summer Earth Partnership Institute. They will learn a curriculum-based 10-step ecological restoration process as a broad environmental context for teaching and learning about their local natural and cultural communities. Graduate-level credits are available through the UW–Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
At an EP Institute you will discover how restoring native ecosystems:
- Invigorate schools and communities with interdisciplinary learning experiences and citizen science approaches for all ages.
- Enhance community awareness, skills, and knowledge of stewardship actions that enhance biodiversity and prevent pollution.
- Connect youth to culture and place while teaching ecological and environmental issues and solutions.
- Inspire students to develop a personal understanding of their relationship with others and the natural world.
Each institute is place-based and responsive to the community and culture. The Indigenous Arts and Sciences, Latino Earth Partnership, and Earth Partnership Learning from the Land initiatives are culturally inclusive and designed in collaboration with participating communities.
Communities are using the EP restoration education approach throughout Wisconsin, in more than 20 states, and in Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.
Before the Institute
- Community dialogue informs instructional content, and partners create collaborative teams.
During the Institute
- Teams learn about local ecosystems and explore strategies for restoring biodiversity, promoting sustainable landscapes, and preserving a sense of place.
- Teams develop action plans to engage youth and community in planning and implementing school and neighborhood restorations.
After the Institute
- EP offers continued learning opportunities, resources, and on-site consultation.
- Teams guide youth and communities in developing stewardship and monitoring projects.
- Partners stay connected and share stories, knowledge, and research from their restorations.
Latino Earth Partnership Institutes
June 19–23, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla and Cabo Rojo Wildlife Refuge
June 26–30, Cleveland, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
July 10–14, West Palm Beach, Florida
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
Latino Earth Partnership 2-Day Workshops
June 15–16, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley
June 27–28, Madison, Wisconsin
UW–Madison Arboretum Visitor Center
Indigenous Arts and Sciences
July 17–21, Bad River and Red Cliff Indigenous Arts and Sciences
Red Cliff and Ashland, Wisconsin
July 17–21, Lac Du Flambeau Indigenous Arts and Sciences
Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin
July 24–28, Ho-Chunk Indigenous Arts and Sciences
July 31–August 4, Lac Courte Oreilles Indigenous Arts and Sciences