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Forest Ecology & Resources
Teacher Institute

Summer 2009 at Michigan Tech

2009 Teaching Units - - - - - Syllabus

Institute Topics:

  • Tree Identification
  • Forest Measurements & Data Analysis
  • Forest Soils
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Health: Insect Pests, Diseases,
    and Exotic Species
  • Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Biology
  • Forest Management
  • Using Forests to meet curriculum requirements.

 

About the Institute

This six-day Institute is designed to provide teachers (grades 3-12) 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.
♦ 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: biodiversity,
silvicultural prescriptions, forest health, multiple uses (wildlife, water, recreation, timber).
♦ Identify and utilize a variety of resources to design and implement a forestry teaching unit, forest education/ management program, and/or schoolcommunity outreach program on forestry.

Michigan Tech 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 standardsbased
professional development, an opportunity to participate in real-world, inquiry-based investigations, and time to share 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.

Institute Instructors

 

The institute will be taught by Michigan Tech University School of Forest
Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) faculty and staff and natural resource management professionals. Visit http://forest.mtu.edu/ to learn more about these faculty and staff:

Invited MTU presenters:
David Flaspohler, Ph.D. - wildlife and conservation biology
Michael Hyslop, Ph.D Candidate. - geomorphology, GIS mapping
Andrew Storer, Ph.D. - forest pathology and entomology
Linda Nagel, Ph.D. - ecophysiology, silviculture, forest vegetation dynamics
Jim Schmierer, M.S. - applied forest management

Invited guest presenters:

Eric Lilleskov, Ph.D. (USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station) – soil mycorrhizae and exotic earthworms.

Mark Sherman (Plum Creek Timber) – silvicultural prescriptions, timber harvest, logging operations, forest products.

Corey Soumis and Darrell Hendrickson, Science Teachers, Calumet High School

 

Websites for More Information

School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science at Michigan Tech: http://forest.mtu.edu

Michigan Technological University: www.mtu.edu

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics &
Environmental Education: www.wupcenter.mtu.edu

Joan 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 at:
http://forest.mtu.edu
http://wupcenter.mtu.edu

Application deadline is Friday, May 15. Participants
are accepted on a first-come basis. Participants’
registration will be confirmed by email as their
applications are received. Limited to 20 participants.

 

Questions?
For more information regarding the Institute, contact Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu

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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