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Forest Ecology & Resources
Teacher Institute

Summer 2007
July 15-20, 2007 at Michigan Tech

Institute Topics:

  • Tree Identification
  • Forest Measurements & Data Analysis
  • Forest Soils
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Health: Insect Pests, Diseases & Exotic Species
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Biology
  • Forest Management
  • Silvicultural Prescriptions & Forest Products

This Institute is made possible with generous support from the
Michigan Forest Foundation
and Michigan Technological University

    Coordinated by:
  • Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
  • Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

About the Institute

This five-day Institute is designed to provide grades 3-12 educators with a basic understanding of forest ecology and management. At the end of this institute, educators will be able to:

  • Describe forests and their components: forest types, abiotic and biotic components of forest ecosystems (tree ID, wildlife, soils).
  • Explain the historic, current, and future importance/uses of forests in Michigan and globally, and threats to forests (climate change, invasive species, disease, land use changes, fire ecology).
  • Discuss forest management and sustainability: bio-diversity, silvicultural prescriptions, forest health, multiple uses (timber, water, wildlife, recreation).
  • Identify and utilize a variety of resources to design and implement a forestry teaching unit, school forest education/ management program, and/or school-community outreach program on forestry.

Michigan Technological University (MTU) brings together the expertise of university faculty, scientists, natural resource management professionals, and educators to conduct this Institute. Through lecture, hands-on data collection and analysis, field trips, technology applications, and assignments, participants will obtain new knowledge and skills that can be adapted to their work with students. Teachers will receive classroom resources and curriculum support materials.

The Institute will provide participants with standards-based professional development, an opportunity to participate in real-world, inquiry-based investigations, and time to share best teaching ideas with their peers.

In addition, participants will gain a sense of forest stewardship—by better understanding how human activities interact with forest distribution and health. Participants will enhance their teaching skills—by sharing ideas and innovative approaches to curriculum development and delivery with other educators; and will be better able to guide their students’ interest in natural resource careers after interacting with a variety of scientists and natural resource professionals.

About Michigan Tech’s Ford Center & Research Forest

The Ford Center is located 40 miles south of Michigan Tech’s campus in Houghton, and 9 miles south of L’Anse on US 41. The Center is a 4,547 acre facility used for research, education, and recreation. Facilities include a modern 50-room dormitory and dining hall, four classrooms, a computer lab, and a large conference room. The Center also includes many miles of hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails, as well as, canoeing and kayaking on nearby Ford Lake. The historic Ford Sawmill is located on the site and tours are available in season. The Ford Center is one mile from spectacular Canyon Falls of the Sturgeon River. To learn more:




Course Credit & Requirements

Participants will earn three graduate credits (ED 5630) from Michigan Technological University. To receive credit, participants must:

  • Complete assigned readings. 
  • Actively participate in the entire Institute.
  • Keep a field journal during the Institute.
  • Design aone-week teaching unit (rubric provided) that meets Michigan (or national) content standards. Participants should plan to implement their unit during the 2007-08 school year. The teaching unit is due August 31, 2007.

Professional Certificate
The credits earned from this Institute can be applied towards an 18 semester-hour planned course of study for teachers working toward their Michigan Professional

Certificate. For more information about designing a planned course of study, contact Judy Anderson at the MTU Department of Education at 906-487-2460 or

Master of Applied Science Education
Graduate credits may also be applied towards Michigan Tech’s Master of Science in Applied Science Education program. For more information about the Master’s program, contact Dr. Brad Baltensperger at 906-487-2460 or Participants interested in pursuing an advanced degree at Michigan Tech in a field other than education, should contact the department of interest (


Institute Instructors  

The institute will be taught by Michigan Technological University School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) faculty and staff, and natural resource management professionals. Visit the SFRES web page to learn more about these faculty and staff:

  • David Flaspohler, Ph.D. - wildlife and conservation biology
  • Michael Hyslop, M.S. - geomorphology, geographic information systems
  • Jessica Metzger, Ph.D. candidate - forest pathology and entomology
  • Linda Nagel, Ph.D. - ecophysiology, silviculture, forest vegetation dynamics
  • Amber Roth, M.S. candidate – wildlife and conservation biology
  • Jim Schmierer, M.S. - applied forest management
  • Chris Webster, Ph.D. – quantitative forest and landscape ecology

Invited guest presenters:

  • Eric Lilleskov, Ph.D. (USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station) –   soil mycorrhizae and exotic earthworms.
  • Mark Sherman (New Page Corp.) – silvicultural prescriptions, timber harvest,   logging operations, forest products.

General Information

Registration fee for the 6-day Institute is $850, which includes room, meals, field trips, instructional materials, and three graduate credits from Michigan Tech University. (The actual cost of the Institute is $1781. Generous support from the Michigan Forest Foundation, along with a departmental stipend, reduces total participant cost to only $850 for both Michigan and out-of-state participants). Payment of the full registration fee is due by Friday, June 8.  Make checks payable to: Michigan Technological University.

Location and Accommodations
Forests of maple, cedar, jack pine, spruce, fir, and aspen provide the ideal setting for this exciting learning opportunity. Participants will live at MTU’s Ford Forestry Center for the entire week, share a double room and bath, and receive all of their meals. Participants may arrive the day before, or stay the day after, for an additional charge.

Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI is served daily by Northwest Airlines to the Houghton County Memorial Airport. Contact Northwest Airlines at 800-225-2525 or Commercial taxi service is available from the airport to the Ford Center for a cost of approximately $50 per person. To arrange a taxi, contact Neil’s Taxi Service at 906-482-5515.

Websites for More Information
School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science at Michigan Tech:

Michigan Technological University:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics &
Environmental Education:

Tourism information:

For more information, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or .

How to Apply
Send completed applications by email or postal mail to:

Joan Schumaker-Chadde, Course Coordinator
Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environ. Education
105 Dillman Hall
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620

Application forms are available on the web at: Application (PDF)

Application deadline is Friday, May 25. Participants are accepted on a first-come basis. Participants’ registration will be confirmed by email as their applications are received. Limited to 20 participants.

Earn 3 more MTU graduate credits! Attend the Global Change Teacher Institute also offered by the MTU School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences. For more information or an application: or

For more information regarding the Institute, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or

Joan Schumaker-Chadde, Course Coordinator
Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environ. Education
105 Dillman Hall
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
Tel: 906-487-3341 Fax: 906-487-1620

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