Year of the Environment Jordahl Public Lands Lecture Special Event

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Day every day during the Year of the Environment. This special year-long celebration will feature lectures, films, performances, and special events that will honor the legacy of Earth Day founder and Nelson Institute namesake, Gaylord Nelson, while expanding the Institute’s mission to inspire and educate the next generation of environmental leaders. To learn more visit

Jordahl Public Lands Lecture: Land Stories: Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

Join us for this special storytelling event that will feature diverse voices sharing personal stories about the importance of public lands. From stewardship to recreation, be a part of this meaningful discussion that will highlight public lands and the impact they have on our lives.


Althea Berstein,18 year old, EMT
James Mills, Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program, and recipient of the Paul K. Petzoldt Award for Environmental Education
Curt Meine, a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature; a Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation
Ali Muldrow, co-executive director of GSAFE, an organization for LGBTQ+ youth
Jackson Nesbit, an 8th grade student at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wis.
Bill L. Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Deer Clan Member, Tribal Historic Preservation member, and Officer Cultural Resources Division Manager

Thursday, October 10
7-9 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union
800 Langdon St., Madison, WI (map)

Presented in partnership with:

Outrider Foundation
wisconsin public radio
gathering waters
wisconsin academy
1000 friends of wisconsin
Caring for Our Corner of the Earth Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Groundswell Conservancy
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Outrider Foundation
cherish wisconsin outdoors fund

Jordahl Public Lands Storytelling Workshop: Nature Narratives

A two night workshop led by:
Jen Rubin, Co-producer, Moth StorySlam, Madison, Wis.
James Mills, freelance journalist and independent media producer

Register today to attend a two-night Jordahl Public Lands workshop that will help participants to communicate the importance of our natural resources through storytelling. During the interactive workshop, participants will learn dynamic storytelling elements, gain the tools to pull short stories out of everyday life, and explore the five main elements of a story through a mixture of mini lectures, one-on-one dialogue, and small group work. Participants are asked to come with an existing story about your love of nature and public lands or an idea for a new story.

Thursday, September 12 & Thursday, September 19
6-8 p.m.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI (map)
No cost, but registration is required.

The workshop is presented in partnership with:

Outrider Foundation