Bay Tour 2022

We are super excited for the Wisconsin Idea Seminar’s BAY TOUR (May 16-20, 2022)!

The pandemic brought our bus journeys to a screeching halt, a hiatus that lasted two years. It was the first time since its inception in 1985 that the Wisconsin Idea Seminar bus did not make its annual departure from Madison to meet diverse folks from Wisconsin, to see the Wisconsin Idea expressed in different contexts, and to see the places that many of our UW-Madison students call home.

As students of Wisconsin life, we look forward to mid-May when we will head up the Fox River Valley to the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Door County, and down the eastern “lakeboard” of Wisconsin to Milwaukee, with many stops in between.

Some of the highlights of the BAY TOUR:

  • A Ho-Chunk cultural landscape tour of  UW-Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve
  • Ukwakhwa: Tsinu Niyukwayayʌthoslu (Our foods: Where we plant things), a farmstead on the Oneida Reservation
  • UW-Green Bay
  • A visit to Brey Cycle Farm, a fourth-generation dairy farm outside of Sturgeon Bay
  • Algoma School District to learn how educators and community activate inter-generational problem-solving
  • A traditional fish boil at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek
  • A panel conversation about the role of storytelling for formerly incarcerated people in Milwaukee’s historic Turner Hall
  • Participatory art at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee’s South side.

Stay tuned for more updates and information about the 2022 Bay Tour!

Our 2022 journey will cover over 600 eastern Wisconsin with twenty stops in between where Seminar participants will meet with environmental stewards, Indigenous farmers, growers, community storytellers, entrepreneurs, artists, high school students, and many others.

A bird’s eye view of our 2022 Bay Tour

Missed the deadline for 2022?

We are already sketching out our itinerary for 2023, so if you missed out on the nomination process for THE BAY tour, we encourage eligible members of the UW-Madison community to consider applying in the future.

The nomination process