2009 Earth Partnership for Schools Institutes held in IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NC and WI


Participants learned how to use ecological restoration as a broad context for teaching and learning. Restoring a native ecosystem is an exciting, real-life project that weaves through the K-12 curriculum and includes science, math, social studies, language and the arts.

During the one-week EPS Institute, teachers from each school are trained in the ecological restoration process. Together, teams of teachers and resource staff begin to develop individualized curricula and school action plans to create meaningful experiences for students through the process of restoring a native planting on a school site.

Through EPS, teachers and their teams return to school prepared to teach about the diverse cultural and natural history of their local region as they and their students plan a native plant restoration for their school grounds.

The following priorities guide the Earth Partnership Summer Institutes:

• Provide opportunities to learn the ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge associated with the restoration process, as well as resources and other support for future assistance with their school site restoration and school-wide use of that restoration as an outdoor laboratory.

• Model a variety of teaching methods to provide participants with a rich understanding of ecological restoration and project planning through interdisciplinary, hands-on, inquiry-based teaching.

• Provide participants with opportunities to gain skills and collaborative strategies to assist in strengthening school teams and gain additional community support for their school restoration efforts.

For more information contact an Earth Partnership Institute near you!

Illinois: Chicago, July 27–31, 2009.

Hosted by The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Chicago Botanic Garden and Lake County Forest Preserves. Contact Eva Dubey, Chicago Botanic Garden at (847) 835-8253,

Indiana: Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center, Indianapolis, June 22-26., 2009

Hosted by Indiana University/Purdue University, Center for Earth and Environmental Science. Contact Kara Salazar at (317) 278-8585,

Kansas: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, June 8-12, 2009.

Hosted by Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, and Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita. Contact Brad Guhr, (620) 327-8127,


Eastern MN: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, July 27–31, 2009.

Hosted by Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and La Crescent–Hokah School District. Contact Sara Sturgis (507) 467-2437,

Central MN: Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Fergus Falls, August 1-6, 2009.

Hosted by Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, University of Minnesota Central Regional Partnership, and Northland Arboretum. Contact Ed Pembleton at (615) 429-1228,

North Carolina: North Carolina Botanic Garden, Chapel Hill, July 27–31, 2009.

Hosted by North Carolina Botanic Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and City of Durham Department of Public Works. Contact Grant Parkins at (919) 962-2887,

Missouri: Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, St. Louis, June 22–26, 2009.

Hosted by the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. Contact Eddie Jones (314) 256-9418,


Northern WI: Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, June 15–19, 2009

Hosted by Great Lakes Visitor Center, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Douglas County Land and Water Conservation District, CESA 12, and Northland College. Contact Susan Nelson, Great Lakes Visitor Center at (715) 685-9983, or Ted Cox at (715) 394-8153,

Southwest WI: Kickapoo Area School District, Viola, August 10-14, 2009.

Hosted by Kickapoo Area School District, La Crosse County – UW Extension, Reinhart Institute of Ethics – Viterbo University, CESA 4, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Contact Francesco Accomando, (608) 627-0136,; Karla Dunnum, (608) 627-0161,

N.E.W. EPS Center (Fox Valley): Cofrin Center for Biodiversity-UWGB and Fallen Timbers Environmental Center, July 27-31, 2009.

Hosted by Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Fallen Timbers Environmental Center, and CESA 6. Contact Vicki Medland at (920) 465-5032, or Fran Meek at (920)984-3700,

Central WI: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, July 6–10, 2009.

Hosted by LEAF Program, Wisconsin Center of EE, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Contact Chris Kuntz at (715) 346-4956,

Milwaukee: Urban Ecology Center, August 10–14, 2009

Hosted by Urban Ecology Center, Urban Connections, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Contact Kathy Palmer at (414) 964-8505, or Kim Forbeck at (414) 964-8505,

Western Wisconsin: Hudson, August 17-21, 2009.

Hosted by Hudson School District. Contact Cindy Landers at (715) 377-3820

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.