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Northeastern Wisconsin tour August 25-28

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!

Road Trip 2013

IGERT Crew in Coon Valley on 2013 Road Trip

IGERT Winter Weekend 2013

The IGERT crew went north to enjoy the snow.

IGERT skiers break trail in the fresh snow
IGERT skiers break trail in the fresh snow










2012 Road Trip!!!

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.