Public engagement with watershed issues is important for ensuring local resilience. We value the partnerships we have developed with the following education and outreach institutions.
We lead field trips about water issues in the Yahara Watershed for local K-12 educators as part of the UW-Madison Arboretum’s Earth Partnership for Schools program. These experiences serve to enrich K-12 science standards.
We have partnered with Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program to create opportunities for their students to engage with WSC’s research.
In collaboration with the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, former WSC graduate student Brianna Laube developed a series of short videos that highlight the major water issues in the Yahara Watershed.
You can watch the videos online or download them to your smart phone to watch them as you walk along the UW-Madison’s Lakeshore Path, which hugs the shores of Lake Mendota.
We are using data on the Yahara Lakes that is maintained by the North Temperate Lakes LTER, which documents and examines long-term change in Wisconsin’s freshwater lakes. We are also partnering with the network on information management and other aspects of research on the lakes. All of WSC’s principal investigators are part of the LTER network.
We are working with a team at Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) to produce programming focused on the sustainability of freshwater in the Yahara Watershed. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is also participating in this partnership as part of its Water Watch Wisconsin project.
We have developed partnerships with the following entities on workshops and other outreach activities related to Yahara 2070: Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds; Clean Lakes Alliance; Sustain Dane; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters; Witness Tree Collective; and Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability.
We welcome further outreach collaborations. If you are interested in working with us, please contact WSC Outreach Coordinator Jenny Seifert.