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Groups Registered

  • Ashland Middle School (WI)
  • Benzie Central High School
  • Burt Township School
  • Chassell High School
  • Corunna High School
  • Dollar Bay High School
  • E.B. Holman School
  • Grand Rapids City High School
  • L'Anse High School
  • Lighthouse Learners
  • Marquette Senior High
  • Millington Jr. High
  • Grand Traverse Academy
  • Hancock High School
  • Harper Woods High School
  • Houghton High School
  • Jeffers High School
  • Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
  • Nah Tah Wahsh (Soaring Eagle) Public School Academy
  • Seeds After School
  • Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate & Vocational School (ON)
  • Washington Middle School
  • Watersmeet School
  • West Middle School

    Next Symposium:
    2015 Lake Superior Youth Symposium will be hosted by Sir Winston Churchill CVS in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

    2013 Symposium in the News

    Students converge on MTU for Great Lakes Youth symposium Mining Journal Marquette (May 17)

    Students get hands-on experience with nature Upper Michigan Source (May 17)

    News Article Michigan Tech News (May 14)

    Pre-press release (May 7)

    Closing Press Release (May 20)

    2013 Lake Superior Youth Symposium and past symposia!--Link WOLF Radio (Apr 21)

    Lake Superior Youth Symposium Flickr Photo Slide Show Link UPDATED

    "Where From Here?" Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2013 from Engineering Michigan Tech on Vimeo.

    Groundswell: Great Lakes Youth Symposium: This short video documents the adventure 10 students from Grand Rapids City High School took to Houghton, MI for the Great Lakes Youth Symposium.
    "Where From Here?" Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2013
    Lake Superior Water Walkers: Esie Leoso Corbine

    Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2013 Video Playlist on YouTube

    Symposium Presentations

    Symposium Stewardship Projects (coming soon)

    Stewardship Shines Through

    Rain and chill did not dampen the spirits of the 200 middle and high school students who came from 24 different schools located around Michigan and the Lake Superior watershed to engage in Great Lakes stewardship projects while attending the Lake Superior Youth Symposium at Michigan Tech May 16-19. A total of thirteen stewardship projects were led by local organizations across Houghton County.  The 200 students and their 40 teacher and parent chaperones contributed nearly 500 hours to enhance the local environment. We want to thank the host organizations of Barkell Elementary, Calumet Lions Club, Chassell Township Schools, CLK Elementary, EB Holman School, Jeffers High School, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, Maasto Hiito Trails Club, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Swedetown Trails Club, and Washington Middle School for coordinating stewardship projects and enhancing the stewardship skills of the next generation of Great Lakes stewards.  Stewardship projects included: a beach cleanup, buckthorn and knapweed removal, tree planting, trail building, several garden projects, interpretive sign design, and trail construction.  It was a valuable experience for all.

    One leader commented:  “Wow! What an amazing group of student volunteers!”
    Students observed, “I loved working in the rain and mud – the labor was really refreshing and fun.  It helped us with leadership skills, and gave us more experience with what being on a team is really like.” 

    We would like to thank the Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Endowment Fund that provided a grant to provide transportation for the students to the stewardship project locations, as well as, Earth Force, NOAA, and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative who provided funding for the Symposium. We thank these young people for leaving a positive “mark” on our community. 

    - Symposium Steering Committee

    Sponsored by:

    Major Supporters

    Earth Force
    Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Michigan Space Grant Consortium
    Michigan Technological University
    MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences
    University of Wisconsin Madison Center for Freight Infrastructure Research & Education (CFIRE)
    Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education

    Student Scholarships

    Youth Advisory Council, Keweenaw Community Foundation
    Superior Watershed Partnership
    Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
    Dale Nicholls
     The Forestland Group, LLC
    Copper Country Trout Unlimited
    Copper Country Audubon Club
    Friends of the Land of Keweenaw

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    "We have attended the last two symposiums and thought they were very valuable experiences for our students--one student even said it was 'life changing.'"
    Cheryl Schnell, Wisconsin middle school teacher