Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College created the Environmental Institute concept on campus to actively promote the educational and cultural growth of the community in studies covering natural resources and the environment. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College uses the Environmental Institute in environmental resource areas to follow all points of the College’s mission and coordinate ongoing education, research, outreach, and other activities. This emphasis allows Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to fulfill its status as a United States Land Grant Institution by “being a people’s college and solving problems which benefit people.”

The Environmental Institute is determined to be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Visit the Environmental Institute’s YouTube channel and Facebook page for current happenings.

A variety of related land grant science projects have been successfully completed or are ongoing through Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Environmental Institute. Our research projects have provided hands-on experience for students and graduates in resource-oriented fields.

Thirteen Moons, Ashi-Niswi Giizisoog

Agriculture, Bimaaji’idiwin Gitigaan

Serving Our Youth, Gidakiimanaaniwigamig



Missions Statement

To promote the education and cultural growth of the community in natural resources and the environment. The Environmental Institute supports and coordinates education, research, and outreach that serve our greater community.

The Environmental Institute Catalyst for Change

The Environmental Institute is determined to be a catalyst for positive change. We are dedicated to providing education, skills, and research that help our communities connect with empowering opportunities and partnerships through culturally relevant research and programming.

Programming Focus

Programming with the Environmental Institute at FDLTCC concentrates on:

  • Sustainable Food
  • Sustainable Natural Resources
  • Encouraging students interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art (STEAM)
  • Connection with Ojibwe Culture
  • Community Outreach
Report Card


The Environmental Institute Report Card newsletter is available for reading and as a printable pdf, please click on the issues below.

Environmental Institute Report Card 2022

Environmental Institute Report Card October 2020

Environmental Institute Report Card November 2019

Environmental Institute Report Card September 2018

Past Projects
  • Wild Rice Lake Restoration Research: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students worked with Fond du Lac Resource Management and University of Minnesota Natural Resources Research Institute scientists to collect field data to help determine best management practices to restore wild rice on regional lakes.
  • Woodlands Wisdom Project: A multi-year effort focused on increasing American Indian involvement and education in human nutrition, specifically as it relates to alleviating the issues related to Type II diabetes.
  • Great Lakes Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit: A collaboration designed to provide research, technical assistance, and education to federal land management, environmental and research agencies and their potential partners.
  • Mercury-Dragonfly Project: This research project utilized dragonfly larvae as a sentinel species for measuring total mercury through field and lab research to correlate dry atmospheric deposition of mercury in leaf litter with bio-accumulated mercury in dragonfly larvae.
  • Beaked Hazelnut Project: The bagaaniminzh (beaked hazelnut) research project utilized geographic information systems (GIS) mapping to study the ecological characteristics of healthy beaked hazelnut forests in the hopes of conserving the culturally significant resource.
  • St. Louis River River Watch: The St. Louis River River Watch program was a youth-based water quality monitoring program that focused on the St. Louis River watershed and the Lake Superior Basin. This project, aimed at secondary school students, promoted and inspired stewardship of the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior and other nearby waterways.
Upcoming Events
  • Manoomin Wild Rice Camp
  • 13 Moons Pow Wow
  • 8th Annual Bee Symposium
  • Sugar Bush
  • FDLTCC Earth Week
  • FDLTCC Sustainability Week
  • Gitigaan Wiikondiwag
  • 13 Moons Cultural Symposium
  • FDLTCC Research Symposium

For more information, contact:

Courtney Kowalczak,
Environmental Institute Director
(218) 879-0862

Erika Resendiz Alonso
Agricultural Community Outreach Coordinator
(218) 878 – 7141

Phillip Savage
13 Moons Coordinator
(218) 878-7148
Website: Facebook:

Ron Willis
Youth Education Outreach Coordinator




My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.