• Guide to using G-WOW Model
  • Outreach Resources
  • How to create a G-WOW Institute
  • G-WOW News & Opportunities
  • Lesson Plans

Outreach Resources

  • My G-WOW Model

    Use this template to create your own G-WOW model to investigate climate change by integrating place-based evidence you are observing in your culture and community with science.

  • List of Helpful Climate Change Educational Websites

    This is a list of websites that feature information on the science of climate change, facts and misconceptions, reports and projections, and tips for communicating about climate change.
  • Change Change Impacts on Water in National Parks

    This power point presentation, in PDF format, offers place-based and scientific evidence of current and projected climate change impacts on the Great Lakes, particularly focusing on Lake Superior impacts.  Connections between the environment, people, and economies in a changing climate are illustrated. The presentation was featured at the 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute by Brenda Moraska Lafrancois, PhD; Regional Aquatic Ecologist-National Park Service.
  • Brochure-Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Initiatives

    The G-WOW model integrates traditional ecological knowledge of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people. This brochure gives the basics of what to consider when planning for integration of traditional indigenous knowledge into climate change outreach and policies. Please see the full report included in this resource section for greater detail.
  • Forest Winners & Losers Activity- Instructions

    This activity helps learners of all ages visualize how the composition of trees within Wisconsin and Great Lakes forests may change due to climate change. It can be conducted in any forested area, school forest, or backyard woodlot and is based on research conducted by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science-US Forest Service. 

    The complete activity package includes the following materials that are individually posted in this PDF resource section:
    • Forest Winners & Losers Activity Instructions
    • Forest Winners & Losers: High Emissions Table
    • Forest Winners & Losers: Low Emissions Table
    A power point presentation titled "Wisconsin's Changing Forests" can be found under "power point resource" and provides place-based and scientific research on how climate is affecting forests. This provides an excellent introduction prior to doing this activity.
  • Forest Winners & Losers Activity- Higher Emissions Table

    This is "High Emissions" table used in the "Forest Winners and Losers" Activity. It provides an easy reference list of tree species that might be winners or losers under a climate future with higher carbon emissions. This table can be laminated for easier use in outdoor settings. Be sure to download the "Low Emissions" chart which is posted in this resource section.
  • Forest Winners & Losers Activity- Lower Emissions Table

    This table the Low Emissions table used with the "Forest Winners & Losers" Activity to determine which trees may be winners or losers under a climate future with lower carbon emissions.  This table may be laminated for outdoor use. Be sure to download the "High Emissions" table that is included in this resource section
  • 2016 Northern WI/Upper Peninsula Climate Change Tree Winners and Losers

    As the climate continues to change, tree species will likely respond individually, depending on their particular silvics and ecological tolerances, making specific tools targeted towards individual species even more important. The new projections cover large landscapes in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Find projections for other US landscapes at  
  • G-WOW Phenology Wheels of Time Lesson Plan

    The Wheels of Time and Place are based on a very simple concept…the Circle. Circles are everywhere in Nature, and time itself can be thought of a circular rather than linear. Completing a Wheel encourages us to see and think about time, life cycles, and interrelated species in a holistic, rather than linear and separated way. Seen as part of a whole system, we begin to understand how one thing affects everything else around it. We emerge with a feeling that we too are part of something bigger…our personal human cycles of days, months, seasons, and years are part of a larger cycle based in natural

  • Climate Change and Forests Activities

    While developed for southeastern US forests, this Project Learning Tree module can be adapted to other forest systems. It is based on the interdisciplinary research that is conducted through PINEMAP to help understand how forest management can mitigate climate change and adapt to potential changes in temperature, precipitation, and other variables. 

  • LakeLines article on the G-WOW Initiative

    The G-WOW initiative was featured in the fall, 2015 edition of the North American Lake Management Society's magazine LakeLines. The article was written by Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist and G-WOW team member.
  • End of Winter As We Know It

    This powerpoint features research gathered by Neil Howk-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and his son Forest revealing diminishing ice cover at Bayfield Harbor from the 1850's to today. It presents an intriguing place-based perspective on how winter is changing with climate change.
  • What Do Weather Reporters Think About Climate Change?

    Local weather reporters are often the "go-to" experts when it comes to information about how the weather is changing. But what do they think about climate change?  This survey done by George Mason University of just over 4000 American Meterological Society members (aka "weather reporters") showed that the majority believe climate change is real, of high concern, and is human caused.
  • Wisconsin 2015: Scenarios of a State of Change: Forestry

    This 8-page handout covers some of the most important climate impacts to forest health and management operations in e-z to understand format that offers ideas for adapting to these changes. The information is based on research conducted by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science-US Forest Service and authored by Stephen Handler.

  • 2017 Climate Trends and Impacts Summary for the Great Lakes Basin

    During the 2017 reporting period, several notable events and trends were observed across the Great Lakes basin including positive seasonal temperature and precipitation anomalies, flooding, and low ice cover. Read this summary report from NOAA and Environment Canada.  
  • How to Use the G-WOW Model and Climate Change Learning Tools

    This power point demonstrates the G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture model and how you can apply it to increase climate literacy by integrating place-based evidence of climate change with climate science-- no matter what your culture or location.

  • Tips & tools for Teaching About Climate Change

    From international perspectives to local Wisconsin climate investigations, this powerpoint provides a wealth of web-based resources to help educators teach about climate change. Resources are provided for a variety of grade levels and subjects, including interactive games.  This powerpoint was presented by Dr. Michael Notaro at the 2014 G-WOW Changing Climate, Changing Culture Teacher Institute.
  • End of Winter As We Know It- Ice Cover Change at Bayfield Harbor

    This powerpoint examines place-based evidence of climate change on Lake Superior ice cover. Originally researched by Forrest Howk when he was a high school student, it demonstrates how the length of time ice covers Bayfield Harbor has been decreasing from the late from the 1800's to present. Presenter: Neil Howk-Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 
  • Ojibwe: A Connected People

    This powerpoint, developed by Damon Panek-Ranger with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, integrates historic photos and Ojibwe language to share how the Ojibwe people are connected with the environment and affected by climate change.  As climate changes, the Ojibwe are adapting their language and cultural practices.
  • Introduction to Using the G-WOW Model-Cat Techtmann

    This 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute powerpoint presentation gives the basics about how the G-WOW model integrates place-based evidence of climate change,  traditional ecological knowledge of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, and climate science to increase climate literacy for all people. See the "Applying the G-WOW Model" powerpoint for practical examples of using the model to increase climate literacy. Presenter: Cat Techtmann-UW Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist
  • Applying the G-WOW Model for Climate Literacy

    This 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute power point presentation expands on concepts in the "Introduction to the G-WOW Model" presentation to demonstrate how to apply the model in different cultural settings. Presenter: Cathy Techtmann, UW-Extension.

    A template to guide in developing G-WOW model can be found under the "PDF" section, item #6 titled "My G-WOW Model."
  • Making Sense of Climate Change Research

    This 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute presentation demonstrates how science is uncovering evidence of how the climate is changing and why. Presenter: Brian Zimmerman-UW Madison, Nelson Institute.
  • Climate Science in the Classroom and Community

    This 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute power point presentation gives tips for communicating about climate change, risk, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate impacts. Presenter: Brian Zimmerman, UW-Madison, Nelson Institute.
  • Wisconsin's Changing Forests

    This 2016 G-WOW "Hear the Water Speak" Institute power point presentation provides place-based and scientific research based evidence of how Wisconsin's forests, and Great Lakes forests, may change under climate change. The information presented is based on research from the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)-US Forest Service. Presenter: Maria Janowiak-NIACS Deputy Director.

    This presentation provides an excellent introduction prior to conducting the Forest Winners & Loser Activity. Instructions and materials for that activity are posted in the PDF resource section.
  • Making Climate Change Come Alive

    This presentation was given on 6/3/2019 for the International Symposium on Society and Natural Resources to provide training on using the G-WOW model's interpretive framework for increasing effectiveness of climate communication. 
  • Changing Climate, Changing Culture: Planning a Climate Institute Based on the G-WOW Model

    Create culturally relevant climate change training and outreach that relates to audiences and provokes action. The G-WOW model integrates place-based evidence we experience with science to reveal how climate change is affecting our communities and economies. Weaving in indigenous knowledge, the G-WOW model provides a baseline for evaluating how climate change is affecting all cultures.
  • Vignette 1: Changing Climate, Changing Culture

    It’s all about place: interpreting climate change within a cultural context we value, using evidence we experience.
  • Vignette 2: The Basics- Applying the G-WOW Model

    Learn how to integrate culture and science to create culturally relevant climate change outreach.
  • Vignette 3: Developing a Climate Institute

    Steps for creating effective professional development using the G-WOW climate literacy model.
  • Vignette 4: Guiding for Tomorrow

    Your scorecard for success!
  • Wild Rice and Climate Change Field Tour

    Join Naomi Tillison-Bad River Tribal Natural Resource Department for a tour on the Kakagon Sloughs to investigate place-based evidence of how a changing climate may affect wild rice ("manoomin" in Ojibwe). This video is an abbreviated version of the full 2-hour trip through the beautiful Kakagon Sloughs and wild rice beds of the Bad River Tribe of the Lake Superior Ojibwe.
  • Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Inland Fisheries

    Join Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission's Fisheries Biologist Mark Luehring for a presentation on how climate is affecting fish species and cultural lifeways of fishing.
  • Forest Climate Change Winners and Losers Activity

    Stephen Handler-Climate Scientists with the USDA's Northern Institute on Applied Climate Science (NIACS) demonstrates the "Forest Winners and Losers Activity" with teachers attending a G-WOW Institute. This fun activity is a great way to visually demonstrate potential changes in our forests under different climate change scenarios. It's perfect for school or backyard forests. Complete "Forest Winners and Losers Activity" instructions and forest species information can be found in the TEACHER'S CORNER section under the "pdf" tab.