In 2020 we will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Earth Day. We have a lot planned for our “Year of the Environment” and invite you to learn about our legacy, share in our milestones, and engage in events along the way.
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
“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