DECEMBER 27, 2018
Nelson Institute Board Member, Tia Nelson Named to Gov.-Elect's Advisory Council
Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes have named Nelson Institute Emeritus Board Member, Tia Nelson to their Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council, which will work directly with the governor-elect's transition team on identifying strategies to protect Wisconsin's natural resources, strengthen agricultural industries, and work toward clean energy innovation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tia Nelson BS'86, currently serves as the Managing Director of the Outrider Foundation's Climate Change Program. The daughter of Nelson Institute namesake and environmental advocate, Senator Gaylord Nelson, Tia Nelson has continued his legacy, working with a number of organizations that promote conservation, ultimately receiving the Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Protection Award in 2000 for her work in this area.

DECEMBER 21, 2018
Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers 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, is 8,600 acres of community property known as the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Its unique ecology coupled with its archeological significance has made it a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, scholars and students, but the land was once destined for a very different purpose.

DECEMBER 20, 2018
UW-Madison and Wisconsin Native Nations partner on environmental and educational initiatives
The past year has been transformative 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. Now in its second year, the program, which launched in May 2016 thanks to support from the Provosts of UW–Madison, University of Wisconsin Colleges, and the University of Wisconsin Extension, the NN_UW Working Group, was developed to facilitate more respectful and reciprocal partnerships with Wisconsin’s Native Nations. Led by co-chair Jessie Conaway, a faculty associate for Native Nations Partnerships at the Nelson Institute, the NN_UW Working Group spent year one developing a Strategic Plan with the Tribes that outlines the goals for this initiative. After a great deal of preparation and collaboration with cross-campus partners and Native Nations throughout Wisconsin, 2018 was a big year for the program, particularly in terms of the environmental and educational partnerships.

DECEMBER 19, 2018
Making Waves
Growing up in landlocked Tennessee, Kara Henderlight dreamed of the ocean. Although she was far from its rolling waves, she was determined to learn all that she could about the sea and the creatures that call it home. As a young adult, Henderlight explored career possibilities including marine biology, but was torn between her home in Tennessee and her dream of working by the ocean. At a crossroads after graduating from an undergraduate program in Environmental Science, Henderlight decided she was ready to make her dream of working in whale and dolphin conservation a reality, and that’s when she found the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation master’s program.

DECEMBER 18, 2018
Crops and Conservation
Along the edge of America’s farmland is a lush border of trees, grasses, and wildflowers that often mark property lines or a break between crops. These wild areas are often deemed unusable, but according to Nelson Institute alumna, Alison Duff, they may be the key to improving economic and conservation outcomes for farms as well as the greater community. In fact, studying the way in which working farms can serve as both production and conservation lands has been at the heart of Duff’s research since her early days as a graduate student at the Nelson Institute.

DECEMBER 13, 2018
EOI program welcomes National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe
On December 7, 2019, the Nelson Institute Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) professional master's program welcomed National Geographic Fellow and Conservify founder, Shah Selbe to campus for a special presentation titled, Conservation Technology: Open Source at Conservify and National Geographic Society.