From the Great Lakes to the Rivers, the Northwoods to Milwaukee, Woodlands to Watersheds, Youth Leadership to Indigenous Arts and Sciences


2011 was another year of firsts for Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS), and the RESTORE (Restoration Education, Science Training and Outreach for Regional Educators) program. 2011 firsts included:

• A Great Lakes RESTORE training of trainers in Muskegon, MI and at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 6 teams from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania
• Listening to the Land, a one-week institute for 34 Dane County high school students
• Great Lakes Earth Partnership teacher institutes in Ashland, Green Bay and Milwaukee
RESTORE teams conducted Earth Partnership Institutes in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Washington
• An EPS Sampler on Woodland Eco-systems
• An EPS Sampler on Water Stewardship
• More Kids in the Woods Mural Project
• Initiated an Indigenous Arts and Sciences Earth Partnership
• Funding to extend Great Lakes Watershed Earth Partnerships to 6 new teams in the St.Croix, Mississippi and Wisconsin River basins

Our national RESTORE partners conducted additional EPS Institutes for teachers in California, Minnesota, Missouri, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina Oregan, Washington. The Kansas and Indianapolis teams conducted their fifth EPS Institutes!

We presented Earth Partnership and RESTORE and/or were represented at the first National Green Schools Conference, USFWS Conserving the Future Conference, the North American Association for Environmental Educators Conference, the National Association for Interpreters Conference, Great Lakes Stewardship initiative Place-based Education Conference and the Wisconsin Idea Symposium: Principled Partnerships for the Public Good.

Altogether this year alone 45 formal and informal educators were trained as RESTORE trainers, 400 teachers received EPS training and materials, and 10,000 students were involved in restoring native habitat to schoolyards and nearby natural, riparian and shoreland areas.

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.