Lake Superior Youth Symposium
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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

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Lake Superior Youth Symposium Slide Show 2007


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.

Friday Activities ~~~ PDF

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.

Saturday Activities ~~~ PDF

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.

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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!


    FRIDAY: Half-Day sessions
    (Programs are listed alphabetically)

    Amphibians in the Spring
    Ryne Rutherford, MooseWood Nature Center
    Live amphibians, egg masses and tadpoles will be brought in and discussed.  The breading rituals of native amphibian species will be emphasized during the program.  This presentation includes a field outing to search for amphibians.

    BarkArt: Birch Bark in a New Form  
    Kristi A. Mills, Big Bay Outfitters
    Learn about the historical, cultural, artistic and medicinal uses of birch bark.  Create your own birch bark container to share or trade with your friends.

    Copper Bowls
    Wade Wiartalla
    Make a copper bowl using a stone and log to pound and shape it.  The copper will be softened using a fire and water.

    Cindy Deo, Marquette Area Public Schools
    Linda O’Brien, environmental educator
    Learn to use a GPS and how to input coordinates to find a hidden treasure. Also, learn how to hide a cache for others to find.

    Geology Hike: Black Rocks and Lake Superior Shoreline 
    John Anderton, Geography Department
    Hike to the rugged Lake Superior shoreline to examine rare volcanic rocks. Learn about the geology that formed the Lake Superior basin, and examine some of the ancient shorelines. This is a 1-mile hike along fairly steep terrain and a 1 mile return trip along the same path.

    Kayaking on Lake Independence 

    Take a 2-hour introductory kayaking lesson on Lake Independence, near Big Bay, using a two-person sea kayak. Personal flotation devices are provided and REQUIRED to be worn. This requires special permission on the student form.

    FRIDAY: Single Sessions
    (Programs are listed alphabetically)

    Anishinaabe Songs & Dance Regalia 
    Tim Derwin, American Indian Coordinating Council
    This is a presentation on traditional dance in the Great Lakes region.  Songs on a hand drum will be shared along with stories about the songs.  Questions are encouraged.

    Aquatic Invaders of Lake Superior  
    Ronald E. Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant (Michigan State University)
    Numerous aquatic invasive species have entered into the Lake Superior basin including ruffe, gobies, spiny water flea, sea lamprey, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, and purple loosestrife.  Many of these species are a cause for concern as they can have impacts on the aquatic ecology and fisheries in Lake Superior and their spread to inland locations and other geographic watersheds is of great concern.  The potential implication of aquatic invasive species on the aquatic ecology and fisheries will be reviewed.

    Biodiesel 101 
    T.J. Brown, Northern Options, Biodiesel Coordinator
    Karen Schmitt, Marquette Senior High School
    What is biodiesel? Why is it considered a “green” alternative energy? How is it made? In this session, you will learn the answers to these questions and get a chance to make your own biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.

    Birds of the Lake Superior Region - Birding Walk   
    Louis Taccolini, Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society
    This session includes a brief presentation on birds of the Lake Superior region and tips for identifying them, followed by a hike to see what’s flying.

    A Chipmunk, a Moose, and a Rabbit: learning to work with all the animals in the forest   (9:00 and 10:30)
    Joe Lubig and Derek Anderson, Northern Michigan University School of Education
    Really, come on in to this session to work with all the members of your pack to solve fun and challenging group problems!  You will leave this session with the skill and ability to work with all types of “animals.”

    Citizen-Science Field Research (Bird Banding)  
    Michael Scheiwe, Moosewood Nature Center
    Real field work with real wildlife! The spring bird migration is on and we will capture, handle, identify, process and release both resident birds and migrants. Begin your training toward becoming licensed.

    Dream Catchers  
    Peggie Shelfoe, Elder
    Make a dream catcher to take home. Learn the story behind the dream catcher.  Happy Dreams!

    Finnish-Scandinavian Harmonica tunes from the Lumberjack Camps 
    Les Ross, master performing artist
    Listen to tunes from the lumberjack era and learn some tips for playing this distinctive “accordion-style” of harmonica.  Les Ross has been awarded the status of “master” performing artist by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program run by Michigan State University. Harmonicas are provided for this session.  If you bring your own, please have one in the key of C.

    Global Climate Change  
    Gregg Bruff, National Park Service
    Learn the basics of global climate change, how it will likely affect our National Parks and what you can do to help.

    A Historical Tour of Big Bay 
    Susan Hornbogen, Marquette Senior High School
    Once upon a time its people produced wooden car bodies, logged its extensive forests, played host to the most prosperous families in America and ended up in a famous book and movie.  This little town at the end of County Road 550 has a rich and varied history.
    FRIDAY Single Sessions (continued)    9:00-10:15 10:30-11:45  1:00-2:15  2:30-3:45
    Hoop Dance Presentation  
    Megan Tucker and Summer Cohen
    Youth instructor, Megan Tucker, will teach basic hoop dance techniques and styles.  There will also be a demonstration on making hoops.  Be ready to get up and move.

    Lake Superior Fish Identification and Anatomy  
    Philip Schneeberger, Department of Natural Resources
    A variety of Lake Superior fish species will be presented for examination and identification.  Fish specimens will be dissected to demonstrate aspects of fish anatomy and adaptation to their environment.

    Lake Superior’s Unique Weather Events & the Dangers of Rip Currents 
    Dave Guenther, National Weather Service
    Ron. Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant (Michigan State University)
    Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area and does affect the weather in the region.  Some of these weather events can be extremely severe as witnessed by the sinking of the Great Lakes freighter Edmund Fitzgerald during a November gale.  Closer to shore weather events on Lake Superior can result in rip currents that can carry swimmers off shore and result in drowning accidents.  What can you do to get yourself out of a dangerous rip current will be reviewed.

    Life Aboard a Great Lakes Freighter 
    Captain Mark Phillips, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Retired
    Admiral John Tanner, Northwestern Michigan College
    Hear about the challenges and benefits of working and living on ships.  Learn how to apply for seasonal work, earning $20,000 for 100 days aboard ship. Find out what training is needed to be a ship officer, and learn about job prospects aboard Great Lakes ships.

    Michigan Wolves 
    Brian Roell, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    This presentation will cover the general biology of wolves, walking everyone through a year in the life of a wolf.  There will be a focus on the history of wolves in Michigan along with providing an update on the current status of wolves at the Federal and State levels along with a brief overview of recent judicial cases.  Finally, there will be a discussion on problems associated with wolves and humans including the “Little Red Riding Hood Syndrome.”

    Non-native Invasive Plant Species 
    Deb LeBlanc, USDA Forest Service
    Lauri LaBumbard, USDA Forest Service
    Learn the most common weeds and the problem they can create to our native plant communities.  Learn how to monitor and map weed-locations.  Learn how to be proactive by using native plants in restoration of impacted ecosystems.

    Wild Writing – Writing in Nature: Sensing Yourself in the World
    Kim Parlato, Marquette Area Public Schools
    How do your senses help you become a better scientist?  How do science skills make you a better writer?  Explore the outdoors using all of your senses then apply your new perceptions in creative writing.  Lots of great tricks to inspire your imagination and produce great writing!

SATURDAY: Full-Day sessions

Bike Grand Island National Recreation Area!
Donna Shields, Anna River Peddlers
Take a guided tour on a mountain bike of Grand Island.  See beautiful cliffs, beaches, forests, and lakes on the Grand Island National Recreation Area. Bicycles are provided. Participants MUST bring their own bike helmets and MUST have prior experience riding on trails and in sand. This requires special permission on the student form.

Canoe the Autrain River
Janel Crooks, U.S. Forest Service
Canoe the Autrain River as it slowly meanders through the Hiawatha National Forest. There is great opportunity to view area wildlife on this pristine river. Personal flotation devices provided and MUST be worn. This requires special permission on the student form.

Full-Day Hike (9 Miles) – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fred Young
Take the nine mile hike along the Pictured Rocks Cliffs up to 200 ft high along and enjoy waterfalls and beautiful beaches.  Natural history of the area will be explained.

Exploration of Carnivore Research & Wildlife Tracking
Jerry Belant, Wildlife Supervising Biologist, National park Service
Carnivore-research activities may include radio-tracking carnivores, chemical immobilization, capture techniques, radio-telemetry techniques, and a look at an old bear den.


SATURDAY: Half-Day sessions

Cultural Tour of Munising   (10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00)
Gregg Bruff, National Park Service
Explore two historic blast furnace sites, a coast guard self righting rescue boat, and take a walking tour of Munising.

Pictured Rocks Cliffs Hike, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore   (10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00)
David Kronk, National Park Service
Four-mile hike along the cliffs between Sand Point and Miners Castle.  There are spectacular views, falls, and wildlife!

Quilling on Birch Bark   (1:00-3:00)
Francie Wyers, Munising Public Schools – Native American Program
Kim Swanberg, Munising Public Schools – NAEP
Cindy Blank, Sault Tribe Youth Education and Activities Program
Porcupine quilling is an ancient Native American art.  Indian quillwork involved softening and dying stiff porcupine quills and weaving them onto leather or birch bark.  Use your imagination to design and make your own medallion using quills and birch bark.  When your project is finished, take a stroll on the path to Munising Falls.  You will be guided on your journey by Native Education staff.  Listen to the sounds of nature and hear stories of early Native American life in the Munising area.

“Warrior Games” paired with “Face in the Rock”   (10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00)

  • Warrior Games
    Michelle Willis, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
    Michelle will explain and demonstrate the origins and rules of several traditional Chippewa games.  Everyone will be involved participating in these competitive challenges.  The “Warrior Games” are fun, active and encourage team building.
  • Face in the Rock: experiencing Anishnaabe Footprints in the Sand
    Art Leighton, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
    Loren Graham, the author of “Face in the Rock”
    This walking tour and talk along the Sand Point beach and rocky shore will be led by two fascinating men.  Loren Graham wrote the book, which is now being made into a movie, and lives in a lighthouse on Grand Island.  Art Leighton was a cultural advisor working with the movie filming crew.  Both historians will help you see and understand how the Grand Island Band of Chippewa Indians lived many years ago.  They will also share how there are reminders of these early families in the Sand Point and Grand Island area.

Waterfalls Tour – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore(10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00)
Pam Baker, National Park Service
Explore three beautiful waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Chapel Falls, Mosquito Falls and Miners Falls.

What Lives In This Pond?   (10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00)
Bob Moody, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
We will be looking at what kinds of fish and bugs live in a local pond.  Students will capture the specimens and we will be identifying and talking about how these creatures live and how they make our world a little more interesting.

Symposium Sponsors and Contributors
Alger Conservation District
COSEE Great Lakes: Centers for Ocean Sciences
  Education Excellence (NOAA/NSF)
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


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June 6, 2007

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