Spring Assembly Programs


Isle Royale: A National Park in Our Backyard (K-8) ~ April 8, 10, 11, 15, 17

Dear Principals and Teachers:


The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is pleased to coordinate the Isle Royale Assembly Program for K-6 schools in the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISDs during April. The attached schedule confirms the date, time, and location of the Isle Royale Assembly Programs that you have selected for your school. Please note the room requirements and the AV needs of the presenter listed below. Below is a description of the assembly program to share with your staff, so that they can prepare the students prior to the assembly program.


Isle Royale Assembly Program Description

Seasonal Isle Royale park ranger, Jim McGill, will guide students on an exploration of what makes Isle Royale uniquesix reasons why there is no place on Earth like this national park! Through images, sounds, and activities, discover the beauty and harshness of living on Isle Royale. Students will learn about wolf-moose interactions, the unique characteristics of an island environment, Isle Royale history, and why we have national parks. Find out what lessons Isle Royale has to teach us about the whole world.


Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, ever-changing weather and a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park. This wilderness archipelago is 45 miles long and nine miles wide at its widest point. The park encompasses a total area of 850 square miles including submerged lands that extend four and a half miles out into Lake Superior. The archipelago is composed of many parallel ridges resulting from ancient lava flows that were tilted and glaciated. There is excellent fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and abundant wildlife. Roadless Isle Royale is accessible only by boat or float plane. Isle Royale is relatively untouched by direct outside influences and serves as a living laboratory and United States Biosphere Reserve.


PRESENTER: The programs are conducted by Jim McGill, a seasonal park ranger with Isle Royale National Park and a student at Finlandia University. Jim is developing this program as a part of an internship with the Interpretation Branch of Isle Royale National Park, under the supervision of Smitty Parratt.


GROUP SIZE: maximum 150 students


PROGRAM LENGTH: 50 minutes (allow 30 minutes between consecutive programs). Maximum of three programs per day.


LOCATI0N NEEDS: a room that can be darkened; a screen or light surface to project on; an open area for students to do activities.


AV EQUIPMENT NEEDED: extension cord and a projection table with at least 3 plug ins (presenter will bring his own powerpoint projector, laptop, and speaker system).


SET-UP & TEAR DOWN TIME: 30 minutes to set up, and 30 minutes to pack up.


COST: $75 for first assembly at a school, $25 for each additional assembly at the same school.