Pre-Forum Events April 22, 2019

Pre-Forum Activities on Monday, April 22, 2019

Arriving early to the Forum? There's plenty to do on Monday April 22, 2019 to help you get to know our Host City. Please click on the links below to learn about the Pre-Forum activities taking place on Monday April 22, 2019. 

Pre-Forum Events

Center for Resilient Cities’ Badger Rock Center Tour    

April 22, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 PM

Take a tour of the Badger Rock Center, a facility of the Center for Resilient Cities, the 4th National Adaptation Forum Travel Offset Partner. With a systems-based approach, Center for Resilient Cities is working toward a sustainable, resilient community in south-side Madison. Based upon neighborhood input and community needs, the Badger Rock Center was established to serve as a neighborhood center, including public meeting space and a public charter middle school, in a facility built to LEED-platinum standards (v2009 NC).    

See Badger Rock’s urban agriculture projects and unique infrastructure and learn how the Forum’s travel offset support will enhance the space as a vehicle for community resilience.    

Sign up information to be announced. Please stay tuned.  


First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour

April 22, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 PM

For 12,000 years, humans have lived along the shores of Waaksikhomik (Where The Man Lies, Ho-Chunk language for what is now called Lake Mendota) in Teejop (Four Lakes, Ho-Chunk language for this region). Since 1832, or the last 1.5% of the human story of Teejop, the demography of Teejop changed from a 99% Ho-Chunk world to a 99% non-Native American population. Similarly, in the last 1.5% of the human story of Teejop, the ecology of Teejop has rapidly and radically changed from oak savanna and wetlands into a largely non-indigenous species, urban forest built upon landfill of the former wetlands of Teejop.  Research illuminates that UW–Madison is very likely the most archaeologically-rich campus in the United States with its 12,000 years of human settlement. The First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour will explore the Waaksikhomik shoreline of the UW-Madison campus which features 11 architectural earthwork mound sites and at least 28 human habitation sites.  

Sign up information to be announced. Please stay tuned.


The Nelson Institute 2019 Earth Day Conference

"Imagine And Adapt: Possibilities In A Changing World" 

From the rising seas and the rushing flood waters to record-breaking heat waves and shifting landscapes, climate change is transforming the way we live. Our rapidly changing world requires us to adapt to a very different planet while imagining practical solutions to the challenges we face. The Nelson Institute 2019 Earth Day ConferenceImagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World, will explore these challenges and resolutions through a number of straightforward, solution-focused sessions on topics such as adaptive infrastructure, environmental leadership, changes in agriculture and the cultural impact of climate change. Featuring keynote speaker and climate-fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, climate change adaptation leader Yolanda Joab, and leading thinkers and creative problem solvers, this conference will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the innovative solutions available to help us adapt to the impacts of our changing reality.

As a special perk for National Adaptation Forum attendees,  The Nelson Institute is pleased to provide a coupon code that will give you $20 off the standard conference registration fee: ADAPT2019. Register here.  


Pre-Forum Meetings

Regional Collaborative Forum Convening (invite-only)

The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC), the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and the Local Government Commission (LGC) will be hosting a convening, in advance of the National Adaptation Forum, to support peer-learning among regional climate adaptation collaboratives. The convening will be held at the Madison Concourse Hotel on Monday, April 22 from 2:30-5:30pm. This convening will seek to advance the conversations that regional collaboratives currently engage in at a nationwide scale through the Regional Collaborative Forum (RCF). The RCF is a bimonthly call series that brings together collaboratives for facilitated discussion and peer-learning on adaptation topics selected by the collaboratives (e.g., institutionalizing climate change in decisionmaking, the role of regional collaboratives in promoting equity). The goals of this in-person session are to: deepen relationships between RCF members and partners through peer learning and problem solving; strategize how best to further the work of regional collaboratives at various scales; and develop ideas for how best to advance the work of regional collaboratives through a shared national agenda. This event is invite-only, but if you are a member of a cross-jurisdictional regional climate collaborative (or your region is considering forming one) and are interested in joining for this event, please reach out to Annie Bennett ( for additional information.