7th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium

Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13, 2007

at Big Bay, Michigan (30 miles northwest of Marquette)

Action for a Superior Future

For students (grades 8-12) & educators

in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Ontario

who live in or care about the Lake Superior watershed

Registration Information


·        Registration materials will be mailed upon request starting February 1. Registration is on a first-come basis and must be postmarked by April 1.

·        Registration is $125 per student or adult, which includes 3 nights lodging, meals, field trip transportation, and all activities.

·        Initially, registration will be limited to 15 students per group. For questions, contact Karen Bacula (kbacula@mapsnet.org)

·        One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. Mixed groups require both a male and female chaperone.



The symposium will take place at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan. The camp is located on the shores of Lake Superior with many outdoor activities available on-site.  There is space for 200 students, with additional adult housing available. Meals and evening activities will take place on-site.



Participants will share knowledge and skills, and address current issues which challenge the health of the Lake Superior basin. Activities will include field trips, watershed research, hands-on investigations, artistic expression, team/leadership building skills, recreational opportunities, and the history and culture of the Lake Superior region.


Hands-on Presentations

A wide variety of hands-on activities will be presented by natural resource professionals, artists, writers, historians, and educators. More than 40 presentation-topics are planned, including stream monitoring, soils and forestry, Native American (Anishinaabe) arts and culture, local and regional history, exotic species, geology, birding and wildlife. Students will pre-register for all sessions and field trips before the symposium.

Field Trips

Field trips will include such activities as hikes, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and historical tours.  Saturday’s activities will be centered on Munising Bay and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Students will explore the area’s natural and historic features and interact with interpreters and researchers in a variety of settings.


Personal Commitment


Action for a Superior Future

Throughout the symposium, students will work in small groups to develop a project they can implement when they return home that will improve and/or protect the Lake Superior basin. Students will learn how to assess needs in their local community, brainstorm strategies for addressing issues, and create a work plan using the Kellogg Foundation’s publication Young People Creating Community Change.

Photo from 2001 Lake Superior Youth Symposium at MTU


Schedule of Activities

Thursday – May 10

4:00 – 6:00 Check-in. Dinner at 5:30 pm.

7:30 – 9:00 Opening Program

9:00 – 10:00 Snack/ Social


Friday – May 11

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 Presentations & local field trips

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 Presentations and local field trips

5:00 – 6:30 Dinner & Community Action session

7:00 – 9:00 Program


Saturday – May 12  

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast

8:15 – 10:00 Travel to Munising & Pictured Rocks

10:00 – 3:00 Activities and lunch

3:00 – 4:45 Travel back to Bay Cliff

5:00 – 6:00 Dinner & Community Action session

7:00 – 9:00 Game: Instincts for Survival


Sunday – May 13

7:30 – 8:30  Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 Whole-group presentation on their Community Action project or plan

11:30 Head for home!


Sampler of Activities – Friday, May 11
Bay Cliff Health Camp, Big Bay


·         Aquatic Invaders of Lake Superior; Aquatic Adaptations and Stream Biodiversity; Drain to Drinking Water; Bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes; How Do You Know If This Is a Healthy Stream?

·         Lake Superior’s Unique Weather Events and the Dangers of Rip Currents; Global Climate Change; Toxins in Air = Toxins in Lake Superior

·         Geology Hikes: Landforms and Black Rocks; Forests and Forestry in the Upper Great Lakes; Non-native Invasive Plant Species

·         Birds of the Lake Superior Region; Birding Hikes; Bird Banding; Amphibians in Spring; Michigan Wolves

·         Historical Tour of Big Bay; Life Aboard a Great Lakes Freighter; What Makes a Cool City?

·         Finnish Harmonica Tunes from Lumber Camps; Birch Bark Art; Writing in the Wild

·         Ecology Games; Team-Building Games



Sampler of Activities – Saturday, May 12
Munising & Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


·   Hiking in Pictured Rocks National Park:

All day Chapel Loop 9 mi.: cliffs, beaches & waterfalls

Half-day waterfall tours, Sand Point & Miner’s Castle

·   Canoeing on the AuTrain River (all day)

·   Mountain bike tour of Grand Island National Recreation area (all day)

·   Cultural Events at Alger County Historical Society:

Blacksmithing demonstrations, wool spinning, and

Native American (Anishinaabe) traditions

·   Sample fish populations with large trap nets

·   Cultural Tour of Munising with the National Park Service

·   Quilling on Birch Bark

·   Warrior Games

·   Face in the Rock: Experiencing Anishinaabe Footprints in the Sand with author Loren Graham

·   Explore George Shiras III Discovery Trail



Symposium Sponsors and Contributors

Alger Conservation District

COSEE Great Lakes: Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (NOAA/NSF)--needs “s” in Centers

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development

Hiawatha National Forest, USDA Forest Service

Lake Superior Bi-National Forum

Marquette Area Public Schools

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan State University’s Extension Program in Alger County

Michigan Technological University

Moosewood Nature Center

Northern Michigan University’s Center for Native American Studies

Northern Michigan University’s Seaborg Center – Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, National Park Service

Michigan Sea Grant Program

Superior Watershed Partnership

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education



Lake Superior Youth Symposium – Form to Request Group Registration Packets

Packets will be mailed February 1; registration deadline April 1. Full payment due at registration.

To request group registration materials, SEND this form to: Seaborg CenterNorthern Michigan University

                                                                                                                   1401 Presque Isle Ave.

or FAX to: 906-227-2013                                                                      Marquette, MI  49855


Name of Contact (Teacher or Group Leader): ___________________________________________________

School or Agency: ___________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________________

City ________________________________  State/Province ________________Zip __________________

Phone __(____)_______________________  Fax __(____)_______________________________________


For information, visit the symposium website:    http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/education/lake_superior_symposium/

    or contact: Karen Bacula, Marquette Area Public Schools  kbacula@mapsnet.org  906-226-6172

            Ann Joyal, Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University  ajoyal@nmu.edu  906-227-2092