USET Tribal Climate Resilience Camp

Event Type: In Person
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Contact Info: Casey Thornbrough, Climate Program Manager, [email protected]
Location: Durham, North Carolina

United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), in partnership with the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC), will convene a Tribal Climate Resilience Camp this year and will support teams representing USET Member Tribal Nations to attend the camp. Participating teams can be comprised of Tribal Leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, program managers, and/or community members with a goal to gather information, build skills, and develop Tribal policies and plans to address climate change impacts. The camp will take place at the Avila Center in Durham, NC.

This year’s participants are encouraged to bring specific climate adaptation objectives and/or projects to focus and work on, and to make headway on resiliency plans. Such projects may include community outreach plans, adaptation plans, vulnerability assessments, funding strategies, or other related initiatives.  USET’s Climate Camp staff, facilitators, and guest speakers will support participants to further develop specific climate adaptation objectives and/or projects. Accordingly, interested USET Member Tribal Nations and their teams should apply early to allow USET to prepare and ensure resources and facilitators are available to fit each project.

Camp Objectives:

  • Learn examples of Tribal climate adaptation planning.
  • Identify climate adaptation resources from climate adaptation science centers.
  • Build camaraderie with your Tribal Nation team.
  • Discuss how climate adaptation can align with the values and priorities of your Tribal Nation/community.
  • Create a strategy to engage your Tribal Nation/community in climate adaptation planning.
  • Bring with you a climate adaptation objective or a climate adaptation/resilience project to focus on, work on, and make headway on with a team of dedicated camp facilitators to help and support you all week!

Who should attend:

This year we are encouraging Tribal Nations to bring with them, to the camp, specific climate adaptation objectives and/or projects to focus on, work on, and make headway on during the week. So, ideal candidates to comprise a Tribal Nation’s team for this year’s camp would be any individual connected to those objectives or projects. USET’s Climate Camp staff, facilitators, and guest speakers will all be on hand to support you, whether you’re working alone or as a team, to begin making progress on those specific climate adaptation objectives and/or projects.

We recognize that some Tribal Nations may only be able to send one participant to the Camp. These “Teams” of one are still encouraged to register and attend and will be grouped with other individual participants to benefit from peer learning and discussion opportunities.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to view a brief video (below) on the camp held in the traditional homelands of the Wabanaki at the Schoodic Institute. This camp was hosted by the Penobscot Nation.


Registration is open. There is no fee for registration. Space is limited (~30 Tribal participants), and limited spots will be appointed on a first come first serve basis. Registration closes on May 10.