Institute participants draw a vista perspective of Curtis Prairie, the world's oldest restored prairie, for the activity

Institute participants draw a vista perspective of Curtis Prairie, the world's oldest restored prairie, for the activity "Visual Assessment: A Landscape Through an Artist's Eye.”

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.

Institute Model

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.

2017 Institutes

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
Nekoosa, Wisconsin

July 31–August 4, Lac Courte Oreilles Indigenous Arts and Sciences
Hayward, Wisconsin