Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Culture, history, and an outdoor classroom for all
Deep in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, cradled between Wildcat Mountain State Park to the north and the town of La Farge to the south, are 8,600 acres of community property known as the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. …More »

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Living well. Living together.
February 14, 2019
Standing on a winding path, leading into the magnificent Kickapoo Valley Reserve, I am reminded that we can’t live with the Earth unless we can first learn to live together. …More »
Food as a Form of Freedom
February 15, 2019
Growing up in the city of Detroit, Nelson Institute professor of Environmental Justice, Monica White, can remember the pride she felt for her family’s garden. Whether it was the warm, vine-ripened tomatoes from her Grandmother’s indoor container garden, or the fresh, crisp vegetables from her Father’s backyard plot, White saw that agriculture promoted freedom, health, and a sense of community. …More »
Native Nations Elder-in-Residence Program
February 15, 2019
The past year marks year two of the strategic initiative for the Native Nations_UW (NN_UW) Working Group, who has been collaborating with Native Nations across Wisconsin on health, environmental conservation, and educational opportunities. Launched in May 2016, thanks to support from the Provosts of UW-Madison, University of Wisconsin Colleges, and the University of Wisconsin Extension, the Native Nations_UW (NN_UW) Working Group was developed to facilitate more respectful and reciprocal partnerships with Wisconsin’s Native Nations. …More »
UniverCity Year
February 15, 2019
Pepin County is the latest partner for the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s UniverCity Year program, which brings faculty, students, and members of Wisconsin communities together to address local challenges through engagement and university research. …More »
A Transformational Education
February 15, 2019
Growing up in a rural, Liberian village during wartime made it difficult for Emmanuel Urey to secure an education. From a young age, he dreamed of attending school, but he didn’t have the opportunity until the war forced his family into neighboring Guinea, where he was able to begin elementary school at the age of 13. …More »
NOAA Grant
February 15, 2019
The Great Lakes are an epicenter for power production, commerce, recreation, and so much more, but research suggests that they are also becoming a hotbed for climate change. …More »
Baldwin Grant
February 15, 2019
Winding across the heart of Wisconsin is an s-shaped area known as the Curtis Tension Zone. Marked by a distinct separation in the landscape, this zone is where the southern prairie region and deciduous forests meet the northern coniferous forests. …More »
Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise
February 15, 2019
Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon. …More »
The Freedom to Roam
February 15, 2019
For University of Wisconsin-Madison students at the Nelson Institute, educational experiences take many forms. From the classrooms on campus to the canopies of the jungle, students are encouraged to investigate the planet’s biggest ecological challenges, wherever those might be. …More »
Allies in Environmental Justice
February 15, 2019
The Nelson Institute strives to be an inclusive community of scholars who share a passion for enhancing the quality of life and the environment in Wisconsin. From professors and students to partners and alumni, the Nelson Institute community includes a diverse group of people working to create real change, something Nelson Institute alumna Ashley Lee is proud to contribute to through her work with Public Allies of Milwaukee. …More »
Going Global
February 15, 2019
This summer, Nelson Institute graduate student, David Abel, strengthened a UW-Madison legacy by joining some of the most celebrated scholars in the world at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria as a part of their Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). …More »
The Art of Conservation
February 15, 2019
For UW-Madison graduate student, Julia Janicki, art has always been a way to express the complexities of science. Driven by her passion for conservation, Janicki has spent the past few years bridging her scientific knowledge with her love of art to bring environmental challenges and animal conservation to the forefront. …More »
The Lake Effect: Equity Initiative Creates a Ripple Throughout the Community
February 11, 2019
With nearly 60 miles of shoreline and 28 square miles of surface water, the Yahara lakes serve as a gathering place for the Madison community. On a beautiful summer day, locals can be seen boating, fishing, swimming or just enjoying a walk along the shoreline, but research suggests that there are members of the community who have limited access to these outdoor recreation opportunities. …More »
Envisioning a Healthy Planet for the Future
February 11, 2019
In 1992, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1,700 other independent scientists wrote and signed the "World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” to inform humankind of future environmental harm that would result from anthropogenic changes. Now, 25 years later, over 20,000 scientists have signed onto the second "Warning to Humanity” notice, including Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Professor Adrian Treves, who felt that future generations were being robbed of their right to a healthy environment. …More »
Four Nelson Institute Alumni Recognized for their Impactful Work
February 11, 2019
Whether it is providing life-saving care to the residents of Uganda, developing a resolution for transboundary water conflicts, providing conservation education or championing river preservation, Nelson Institute alumni are at the forefront of important efforts around the world. …More »

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