Yahara Watershed Academy

Learn with us at the Yahara Watershed Academy

The Yahara Watershed Academy is a training and leadership-development experience that aims to build and empower a regional network of informed leaders for our watershed.

The course provides students with the knowledge, tools, leadership skills, and resource connections needed to meet today’s land and water conservation challenges effectively and sustainably. Five full-day classes will be held at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the watershed. (Classes will take place the second Tuesday of February through June of 2019.) In addition to attending classes, students will work on individual or group action plans and projects to be completed after the conclusion of the course.

Ideal candidates

  • Have a passion for learning about our lakes
  • Currently hold leadership positions or aspire to develop leadership skills
  • Desire to take action as individuals or through affiliated groups to improve our watershed


Applications for the Yahara Watershed Academy, Class of 2019, will be accepted through Friday, January 4th, 2019.

Click here to apply to the 2019 Yahara Watershed Academy

More about the Academy

Course themes:

The Land Ethic | Climate Impacts | Health & Economic Connections | Limnology | Leadership | Community Inclusion

Past activities:

Tour of Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District | Paddle around Lake Wingra | Explore UW-Arboretum’s stormwater control features | Pontoon classroom on Lake Mendota | Green infrastructure tour | Aldo Leopold Nature Center learning experience


Some past speakers include:

Michael Mucha, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District | Dr. Emily Stanley, UW-Madison | Dr. Chris Kucharik, UW-Madison | David Liebl, UW-Extension | Dr. Ken Potter, UW-Madison | Dr. Stephen Carpenter, UW-Madison | Annette Miller, MG&E | Jeff Endres, Yahara Pride Farms 

Apply to the Yahara Watershed Academy, Class of 2019: cleanlakesalliance.org/yahara-watershed-academy-application