Science and Environmental Education
Science and Environmental Education

Teacher-training workshop topics:
(click on them to read more about them)

Frogs as BioIndicators
Stream Monitoring/WaterShed Education
Get Your Students into the Pond
Great Lakes WISE Project
Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools
Project Learning Tree
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
Project WILD and Project WILD-Aquatic
Great Lakes & Oceans
Using Your School Forest

About the workshops
Workshop Presenters
Michigan Tech Collaborators
How to arrange a workshop in your district


Frogs As BioIndicators

Presents the declining population and malformity issue, why frogs are bio-indicators, amphibian biology, and frog ecology, with emphasis on Michigan species. Prepares teachers to conduct frog deformity surveys with their classes. Includes field trip.

Target audience: Gr. 5-12 teachers     Length: 8-10 hours

Jeffers Middle School Science Teacher, Tim Keteri, searches for frogs during the May, 1999 Frogs as Bioindicators Workshop conducted by the center.

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Stream Monitoring/Watershed Education

The workshop takes the watershed approach to learning about the local stream, integrating history, literature, writing, social studies, and math. Learn how to conduct physical, chemical, and biological monitoring of local streams with your students. Learn about the interaction of human activities and the environment. Addresses life/earth science, and social studies’ content strands.

Includes choice of curriculum/activity guides.

Target audience: Gr. 3-12 teachers     Length: 2-4 days

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Get Your Students into the Pond!

Teaches about food chains, habitats, adaptations, frogs and other pond organisms. Compare terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Includes field trip.

Target audience: Gr. K-6 teachers     Length: 6 hours

Students getting into the pond!

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Great Lakes WISE Project

Michigan WISE (Waste Information Series for Education) teaches about solid waste management, pollution prevention, and recycling. Students consider individual choices, humans impacts on the environment, and use of finite resources. Students compare waste disposal alternatives?reducing, reusing, recycling, dumps, littering, and landfills. Includes the WISE Curriculum & Activity Guide. SEPUP activity kit “Where Is Away?” and field trip to a landfill are optional.

Target audience: Gr. 3-12 teachers     Length: 6+ hours

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Groundwater Education in Michigan Schools

This workshop teaches about the importance of groundwater, its place in the water cycle, and how pollution can affect groundwater. Presents the current status of groundwater quality in Michigan, how groundwater is monitored, and groundwater protection and cleanup options. Includes training in the use of the groundwater model and the SEPUP activity kit “Investigating Groundwater.”

Target audience: Gr. 4-9 teachers     Length: 3 hour

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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) presents interdisciplinary activities that investigate bio-diversity, ecological and human relationships, environmental systems, renewable and non-renewable resources. PLT encourages students to make informed, responsible decisions. Includes Project Learning Tree Curriculum/Activity Guide and a copy of Michigan Content Standards Correlations to PLT Activities.

Target audience: Gr. K-12 teachers     Length: 6 hours

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Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) promotes awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of water resources with lots of engaging hands-on activities. Topics include the water cycle, water quality, physical and chemical characteristics, groundwater, and civic involvement. Includes WET Curriculum & Activity Guide with 100+ interdisciplinary activities and a copy of Michigan’s Content Standards Correlations to WET activities.

Target audience: Gr. K-12 teachers     Length: 6 hours

These teachers are participating in a Water Education for Teachers (WET) workshop conducted by the Center.

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Project WILD and Project WILD-Aquatic

Project WILD and Project WILD-Aquatic emphasize terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, respectively. The activities develop awareness, appreciation, and understanding of wildlife, including habitat, diversity, ecology, management, and environmental threats. Includes Project WILD and Project WILD-Aquatic Curriculum & Activity Guides. .

Target audience: Gr. K-12 teachers     Length: 6-8 hours

Project WILD Educator Workshop (October 1998) conducted by the Center and School of Forestry and Wood Products at Ford Forestry Center

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Great Lakes & Oceans

Lakes and oceans are exciting places! Experience fun hands-on activities for teaching about their physical characteristics, habitats, pollution threats, and deep sea exploration technology. Includes Lake Effects Activity Guide.

Target audience: Gr. 4-9 teachers     Length: 6 hours

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Using Your School Forest

This workshop inspires and motivates teachers to integrate use of school forests, playgrounds, and other outdoor environments into their science, math and language arts curriculum using lots of hands-on activities. Includes field trip.

Target audience: Gr. K-12 teachers     Length: 6-12 hours


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Workshop Presenters

Center Staff

    Joan Chadde, Education Program coordinator. M.S. Water Resources, B.S. Natural Resources/Biology, secondary science provisional certification. Offered numerous teacher workshops and natural resource education workshops for past 15 years.
    Dr. Barbara McTaggart, Education Program assistant. Ph.D. Hydrogeology, M.S. Geology. Former Ashland University faculty; interpreter with Isle Royale National Park past four years.

Michigan Tech Collaborators

    Dr. Blair Orr, MTU School of Forestry & Wood Products (forest planning and economics).
    Dr. David Flaspohler, MTU School of Forestry & Wood Products (conservation biology and ornithology).
    Dr. Alex Mayer, P.E., MTU Depts. of Geological Sciences & Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering.
    MSU Extension and Michigan DNR natural resource professionals.

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To arrange a workshop for your school district, contact:

Joan Chadde, Education Program Coordinator
Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Michigan Technological University
105 Dillman Hall/ 1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Tel: (906) 487-3341
Fax: (906) 487-1620
Email: jchadde@mtu.edu
Website: http://emmap.mtu.edu/gem

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All workshops:

  • Address Michigan Content Standards for Science and Social Studies.

  • Cost a minimum of $50 registration per participant, plus presenters’ travel expenses (>100 miles roundtrip). Registration includes one activity/curriculum guide per participant, and other related materials.

  • Require a minimum of 10 participants.

  • Need to be scheduled at least 2 months in advance.

  • Offer (optional) Northern Michigan University credit or Michigan Board of Education Continuing Education Units to workshop participants.

  • May include co-presenters, such as Michigan Tech University faculty or other natural resource specialists.

  • Can be tailored to fit a school district’s professional development needs.

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February 12, 2002