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COMING SOON: NEW WEBSITE DESIGN & UPGRADES

The G-WOW website will soon have a new look and several new features that will expand its climate change curriculum and supporting resources. 

The G-WOW website design is changing to include a new "Hear the Water Speak" unit. Clicking on this icon within the re-designed G-WOW front page logo will open a the new curriculum unit on water and climate change. Compare the new and old G-WOW logos to see these changes.

The labeling and content of other G-WOW website links will be improved to improve functionality and access to more supporting resources. 

The G-WOW website upgrades should be ready for 2018 thanks to grant support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the National Park Service-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

NEW VIDEO: "CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING CULTURE… PLANNING A CLIMATE CHANGE INSTITUTE BASED ON THE G-WOW MODEL"

Learn the nuts and bolts of using the G-WOW model to create climate change professional development training that integrates culturally relevant place-based evidence of climate change with climate science. This 25-minute video is divided into four vignettes: 1) Introduction, 2) Basics of Applying the G-WOW Model, 3) Developing a Climate Change Institute, 4) Guiding for Tomorrow.

Formal and informal educators trained in using the G-WOW model have shown increased climate literacy, greater confidence in teaching about climate change, and ability to uue the model to create culturally relevant climate outreach in communities they serve. 

This video was shot on location in Wisconsin's Lake Superior communities and tribal lands during the 2016 "Hear the Water Speak" G-WOW Climate Institute and is narrated by Patty Loew-Bad River Tribal Member. This project was made possible through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant through the National Park Service-Apostle Island National Park.

2016 G-WOW "HEAR THE WATER SPEAK" INSTITUTE GOES INTERNATIONAL!

The 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Climate Institute hosted 28 educators and community leaders from across the county and Canada, including First Nations tribal elders. The four day professional development institute was held July 18-21 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, with experiential learning activities conducted within surrounding tribal communities and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

The Institute provided training in using the G-WOW climate literacy model to integrate place-based evidence of climate change and traditional ecological knowledge of the Lake Superior Ojibwe with climate science. This year's focus was on climate impacts on water and aquatic ecosystems.  

The Institute's goal is to equip participants to develop culturally relevant climate change educational outreach within their community that will result in action to address climate change.

This year's Institute was professionally filmed with the goal of creating a training video that will help others to develop G-WOW institutes within their communities. The G-WOW web-based curriculum (www.g-wow.org) will be expanded to include a 5th curriculum unit on water and climate change.

This is the 5th year the Institute has been offered. Support for the Institute, training video creation, and website expansion is provided by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding through the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 






G-WOW INITIATIVE FEATURED IN LAKELINES MAGAZINE

The G-WOW Initiative was featured in the Fall, 2015 edition of the North American Lake Management Society's "LakeLines" magazine. The article was titled "Don't Wait to Communicate About Climate Change" and was written by Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist and G-WOW team member.

G-WOW MODEL FEATURED ON THE US CLIMATE RESILICIENCY WEB SITE

The G-WOW model and educational initiative have been selected for inclusion in the US Climate Resiliency website as one of it's recommended tools. It has been given its own page which provides links to partner organizations and many other tribal climate change adaptation and action resources. This website is sponsored by NOAA.  Take a look at https://toolkit.climate.gov/tool/g-wow-guiding-tomorrow-changing-climate-changing-culture-initiative

2015 G-WOW CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING CULTURE INSTITUTE JULY 13-16

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Who: This Institute content is designed for middle school and above classroom and community educators.

 

When: Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 2015;
8 am – 5 pm (approx.) daily.

 

NEW IN 2015:  Friday, July 17th BONUS DAY at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College-Duluth, MN. Training from NASA on Climate Change Education Tools.

 

Where: The Institute is based at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI, with field trips to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and Lake Superior coastal areas including, lands of the Lake Superior Ojibwe.

 

What’s Included? Instruction, breakfast snacks, lunches, Monday evening cookout dinner, bus transportation to field sites, boat tours to Stockton Island and the Kakagon Sloughs, and supporting resources.

 

Participants will be responsible for:

  • Breakfast and Evening Meals, except for Monday evening BBQ cookout dinner. Light morning snacks are provided.

  • Lodging. A list of area lodging options is available upon request.

     

    Cost:  FREE.  Institute costs are supported by the WI Coastal Management Program, NOAA, and project partners.

     

    Stipend: A stipend up to $300  is available to all participants.

     

    Credit: Is available.

     

    Additional Benefits: Each participant will receive supporting resources.

     

    Detailed Agenda & Application Materials available @

http://fyi.uwex.edu/nglvc/cool-coasts/2015-g-wow-institute/