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Students visiting WEI Students visiting the Wisconsin Energy Institute engage in hands-on energy and climate education and interact with UW–Madison Outreach Staff and Scientists in a state of the art facility. Chelsea Mamott

The Wisconsin Energy Institute welcomes you and your group to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus or to engage with us virtually through our online offerings. 

Field Trips and Tours

The Wisconsin Energy Institute welcomes all types of groups (K-12, 4H, other youth groups, teachers and teachers-in-training, and lifelong learners of all ages for Field Trips and Tours. Non K-12 Groups, request a tour here. Please make your requests at least 4 weeks in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your group. To request a K-12 field trip to WEI, please contact us at outreach@energy.wisc.edu. Or, to learn about any of a dozen other science venues at UW–Madison, visit Campus and Visitor Relations.

We may also be able to come to your Wisconsin school/library/community! Please contact us to inquire about availability. (Not available during COVID-19).


Virtual Programs

WEI offers a variety of live, virtual programming bringing the excitement of the Energy Institute to you. Engage in an interactive climate solutions workshop, conduct an at-home fermentation experiment, or participate in a role-playing environmental justice scenario with your class or student group. Please make your requests at least 4 weeks in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your group. To request a K-12 field trip to WEI, please contact us at outreach@energy.wisc.edu.


Field Trip Topic Options:

See the list below for common field trip activities. For specific requests, give us a call or email at least a week ahead of your visit. Otherwise, we will choose from former visitor favorites. For handouts or more information on the activities listed below, please see the Educational Materials page.

  • Power Gird and Microgrids – Learn about how electricity makes it to your homes, schools, and businesses, and how UW–Madison researchers are working to make that more resilient, efficient, and renewable!
  • Carbon Cycle and Climate Change – Play a game to model the carbon cycle and learn about how our energy use is connected to climate change and what we can do about it.
  • Fermentation and Sustainable Biofuels– Conduct a fermentation experiment and learn how yeast and bacteria are used to make fuels and other products out of plants. (Available virtually.)
  • Climate Change Solutions Workshop – Use an interactive model to test global climate change solutions. Best for high school and up. (Available virtually.)
  • Meet a Scientist – Hear what it is like to do energy research at UW–Madison. (Available virtually.)
  • Pipe Cleaner Polymers – Bioplastics will change the way we think about plastic – so what are they exactly? Pipe Cleaner Polymers is a hands-on modeling activity that answers this question by exploring plastics at the molecular level. (Available virtually.)
  • Albedo and Our Warming Planet - Explore the phenomenon of albedo and it's impact on climate change, interactively design and conduct a simple experiment, and meet a Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Researcher researching albedo and bioenergy. (Available virtually.)
  • Tour the Wisconsin Energy Institute to see state-of-the-art research facilities, including a high bay laboratory, where scientists from multiple disciplines conduct energy research.

Fees: WEI does not charge a professional fee for field trips or tours. Donations are appreciated to help cover the costs of materials used for your group.


Explore UW–Madison

The Wisconsin Energy Institute partners with colleagues across UW–Madison to co-host a variety of public outreach events including Science Expeditions, Engineering Expo, UW Family Gardening Day and the Wisconsin Science Festival. Learn more and explore the variety of UW–Madison Science Destinations at science.wisc.edu.