Yahara Watershed Academy Accepting Applications


From the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, comes this announcement of the second Yahara Watershed Academy. Because the WingraSprings blog serves the Lake Wingra Watershed, a sub-watershed of the Yahara River Watershed, in this blog post we are reprinting the announcement in its entirety

Madison’s second Yahara Watershed Academy is now accepting applications to fill limited spots in the 2018 class. We would like to inform you of this opportunity and ask you to share it with your networks. Applications are due January 5th.



A private trout stream and tributary to Token Creek in Dane County, Wisconsin near the headwaters of the Yahara River.

What is the Academy?

This program brings together current and aspiring community leaders to tackle today’s land and water resources challenges. Participants will learn from experts, participate in hands-on activities, and develop projects to better our Yahara Watershed communities. Ultimately, the Academy will cultivate a cohort of leaders and change-makers for local land and water.

The Academy is founded by Clean Lakes Alliance, Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Sustain Dane, and merges the educational leadership of the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Edgewood College’s Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, and Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.

How will I benefit?

  • Official recognition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College through continuing education and/or course completion credits.
  • Fun and engaging experiences that will leave you with a deeper awareness of the science, policies, and behaviors affecting watershed health and sustainability.
  • Exposure to decision-making frameworks and other resources that support the implementation of chosen project initiatives.
  • Access to an active network of fellow students, instructors, and experts who can serve as ongoing resources and collaborators.
  • Invitations to all future alumni events to share case study successes and explore ideas for future collaborations.


What can I expect?

Five full-day courses are held the second Tuesday of the month at various indoor and outdoor Madison-area venues (February through June 2018). Classroom exercises and field trips will cover the following topics: lake and watershed science, climate impacts, the “land ethic,” economic and health connections, and systems-thinking approaches to problem solving.

The standard course fee is $600, but discounted rates and scholarships are available. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to learn and apply new understandings and skills to better our community.

Please visit YaharaWatershedAcademy.org to learn more and complete an online application. Questions? Contact Issis Macias,  issis@cleanlakesalliance.org.

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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