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Northern Wisconsin Indigenous Arts and Sciences Summer Institute

  • Legendary Waters Resort & Casino 37600 Red Cliff Campground Road Bayfield, WI, 54814 United States (map)

An initiative to engage educators and community in ecological restoration and water stewardship rooted in Indigenous knowledge


Since 1991, Earth Partnership has been building the capacity of students, teachers, and environmental educators to restore native habitat to schoolyards and nearby natural areas and to use those spaces as place-based learning grounds. Teams are working in schools and communities in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua with a K-20 curriculum that extends across discipline, ecosystem, culture and place.

Indigenous Arts and Sciences (IAS) is an Earth Partnership initiative developed in collaboration with the Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff , Bad River, and Ho-Chunk Nations, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, US Forest Service, UW Extension, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, and Apostle Islands National Park. It seeks to understand the interrelationships of phenomena and events in a reciprocal and respectful way. The project brings together teachers, informal educators, community members and elders, and social and life scientists to design, develop, and teach ecological restoration, citizen science, and cultural diversity. These experiences inspire youth to take action in their communities and explore natural resource careers. 

Go to 2016 Northern IAS Application Packet to learn more.


Indigenous Arts and Sciences seeks to: 

  • Bringpeople together interested in linking environmental and health concerns to academic achievement in science, math, social studies, language and the arts.
  • Integrate Indigenous perspectives and experience with Earth Partnership’s ecological restoration education programs in diverse watersheds and ecosystems.
  • Partner with communities to broaden participation and generate enthusiasm among Native youth for careers science and technology.
  •  Address the needs of K-20 educators for culturally accurate and authentic resources across the curriculum.


Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
37600 Red Cliff Campground Rd
Bayfield, WI 54814
Ph: (800) 226-8478

Fees and Registration

You’ll receive three credits from UW-Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction for only a $165 fee! 

Tuition is waived! If you are not interested in credit the workshop is free!

Go to 2016 Northern IAS Application Packet to learn more.

Schedule At-a-Glance

  • Winter/Spring 2016: Form teams of 3-6 individuals from your school. Submit application materials by June 1.
  • Summer 2016: Register through the UW-Madison for credit and att end the workshop at Legendary Wates Casino from July 18-22 (days run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM).
  • 2016-17 School Year: Att end a follow-up meeting (date TBD) and implement EP activities with the support of local EP staff and volunteers.
  • 2017 and beyond: EP helps you maintain involvement by off ering additional summer institutes, other educational opportunities, and logistical and moral support! 


Contact Claire Shaller Bjork at or 608-262-9925.