The Road trip will be a tour of northeastern Wisconsin this year. Join us August 25-28 as we head north to explore the forests, rivers, lakes and people that make this region unique!
IGERT Crew in Coon Valley on 2013 Road Trip
The IGERT crew went north to enjoy the snow.
The inaugural IGERT Road Trip will be a tour of the northern part of the state, including the Apostle Islands, Bad River Tribe, and Kemp Station. The proposed itinerary is outlined below.
Tuesday August 28
Depart Madison 10am for Ashland
Cookout on the shore of Lake Superior
Wednesday August 29
Hike to Sea Caves from Meyer's Beach on Lake Superior near Cornucopia
Visit the Nourse Sugarbush State Natural Area to learn about old growth forest
Talk by Julie Van Spappen, with the National Park Service
Talk by Jon Gilbert, GLIFWIC
Thursday August 30
Morning – Tour by boat of the Apostle Islands
Afternoon – Meet with Peter David, GLFWC
Head to Minocqua / Kemp Station
Friday August 31
Crystal Lake Mixing Project talk by Noah Lottig, Trout Lake Station
Tour of MOSS Old growth study site by Tom Steele, Mike Worland
Friday night Fish Fry and fun in Minocqua
Saturday September 1
Return to Madison
The first IGERT experience for all of our incoming graduate students will be a 1-week “Wisconsin Idea” trip at the start of the fall semester. The “Wisconsin Idea”, first propounded by UWMadison Chancellor van Hise in 1904, is that “the boundaries of campus are the boundaries of the state.” Our IGERT trip is modeled on a similar road trip for incoming faculty. We will travel for 7 days and visit sites throughout the state where landscapes are changing, and conservation is happening. At these places, we will meet with stakeholders, land managers, and conservation practitioners, and learn about the issues they are confronted with. For example, we plan to visit the Menominee Tribal Enterprise (the forestry department of the Menominee Nation), Trout Lake Research Station (a NSF Long-Term Environmental Research site), The Nature Conservancy’s office in Door County (a rapidly developing area), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in La Crosse (which manages the National Wildlife Refuges along the Mississippi River). These visits will make students aware of shifting baselines of climate and land use in Wisconsin, and highlight conservation challenges and opportunities. Even more important, this trip will foster bonding of students into a cohort, give them a sense of place within the program as engaged citizens of Wisconsin. We will also use this trip to showcase Wisconsin-based research by senior IGERT students. Initially, the trip will be developed and organized by IGERT faculty. Ultimately, we will transition the organization of Wisconsin Idea trip to the trainees (with faculty participation), empowering them to shape the experience and develop leadership skills.