In new First-Year Interest Group, students connect with the land through Indigenous lens

Students gather around a fire circle. Around a fire circle at the Eagle Heights Gardens, instructor Dan Cornelius, center, prepares a fire to parch wild rice and toast white corn for an agricultural workshop for the First-Year Interest Group called “Listening to Land: Indigenous Education, Language, and Foodways.” (Photo by Catherine Reiland/UW-Madison)


Wisconsin Idea Seminar director Catherine Reiland joined hands with colleagues to develop a special high-impact, community-building learning experience for first-year students that celebrates and honors our connections to land and water while considering Indigenous approaches to learning, Indigenous languages in relation to land, and the current environmental health of land.

Read more about how 15 first-year students immerse themselves in the key enterprise of connecting to the land and water where our campus rests.