In 2020 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 (PDF). 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.
50th Anniversary Events
Join us for our yearlong celebration of great events.
Support the Nelson Institute Legacy
In honor of the 50th anniversaries of the Nelson Institute and Earth Day, help us raise a brand new $2M endowment that will support student programming and public engagement for the next 50 years and beyond!
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These stories highlight the people, projects, and pioneering spirit that is the cornerstone of the Nelson Institute today.
50 Years in Photos
Our image galleries showcase the people, places, and experiences that have shaped the past 50 years.
Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The making of the modern environmental movement (a web site co-sponsored with the Wisconsin Historical Society)
“Protecting our natural heritage, defending the public's right to clean air and water, and halting catastrophic climate change are all critically important. But so is getting ready for what's next.”Paul Robbins, Dean of the Nelson Institute