Environmental & Field Science Workshop for K-12 Educators

10 AM, Friday, May 3 through 4 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2002

MTU Ford Forestry Center – Alberta, Michigan



Workshop Highlights


FRIDAY, May 3rd Sessions                                     

·         Field Geology for Secondary Teachers               

·         Leave No Trace in the Outdoors                       

·         Field Geology for Elementary Teachers             

·         Tracking Events in Nature                    

·         Waste & Recycling

·         Butterflies of the North Woods


SATURDAY, May 4th Sessions

·         Michigan Protocols for Stream Monitoring

·         Wilderness Navigation

·         Schoolyard Ecology


Workshop Sponsors


·               Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education

·               Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University

·               National Park Service at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

·               U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

·               Northwoods Math & Science Center at Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District

·              Michigan Technological University





FRIDAY, MAY 3 (Eastern Standard Time)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Registration & room assignments


10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Choose TWO half-day sessions OR ONE full-day session)


(1)  Field Geology for Secondary Teachers  (Gr. 6-12)

George Robinson, Ph.D. Geology & Mineralogy, Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University.

Visit interesting geologic sites, such as a copper fissure vein, conglomerate lode, glacial grooves, and the historic Quincy Mine as you travel through the Keweenaw Peninsula. 


10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

(2A)  Leave No Trace in the Outdoors  (Gr. K-12)

Mark Gleason, director, Isle Royale Institute

This session will present a variety of minimum-impact recreation techniques that participants will try out for themselves–campsite selection, fire-building, latrines, cooking, etc. Can you leave no trace! 


(2B)  Field Geology for Elementary Teachers  (Gr. K-5)

Barbara McTaggart, Ph.D. Geohydrology, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education

Hike to Canyon Falls where we will practice being field geologists–look for examples of glaciation, deposition, erosion and learn tips on how to conduct a safe geology field trip. 

1:00 PM                Lunch 


2:00 – 5:00 PM

(3A)  Tracking Events in Nature  (Gr. K-12)

Larry Weber, high school biology teacher & author of Backyard Almanac and Butterflies of the North Woods

Find out how you can use phenology, or the study of periodic natural occurrences such as migrations, frog calls, and blossoming, as the basis for a year-long science course.


(3B) Waste & Recycling  (Gr. K-5)

Barbara McTaggart, education specialist, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics &Environmental Education

Where does your waste go when you throw it away? Explore waste disposal options and waste reduction, conservation, recycling and other environmentally-sound solid waste management practices using activities from the Michigan DNR WISE Curriculum Guide. Free activity guide.

6:00 PM                Dinner


7:30-9:00 PM   Butterflies of the North Woods

Larry Weber, high school biology teacher & author of Backyard Almanac and Butterflies of the North Woods

Slide show of the 61 species of North woods butterflies.  Participants will learn about their habitat, occurrences, behavior, favorite foods and identifying characteristics.


SATURDAY, MAY 4  (Eastern Standard Time)


7:30-8:00 AM      Breakfast


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM  (Choose ONE full-day session)

(1)  Michigan Protocols for Stream Monitoring  (Gr. 5-12)

Nicole Vidales, Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality

Participants will learn how to use Michigan’s stream monitoring protocols to collect and report data on the health of local streams. 


 (2)  Wilderness Navigation  (Gr. 4-12)

Mark Sanderson, environmental education coordinator, Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University

Participants will learn how to read and interpret USGS topographic maps, practice orienteering skills with map and compass, and learn how to use a GPS (the Global Positioning System) receiver. Participants will use their skills to navigate a challenging orienteering course and learn to set up their own orienteering course.


(3)  Schoolyard Ecology¾ Meeting the Benchmarks  (K-5)

Part I. Teaching Math & Science With Children’s Literature ~ Michelle Seppanen, teacher, CJ Sullivan Elementary School

Part II. Tracking the Seasons in Nature ~ Larry Weber, author of Backyard Almanac

Part III.  Migratory Birds ~ Marianne Kronk, Seney National Wildlife Refuge and David Kronk, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Wild migratory birds need habitat in two worlds – their breeding range and winter range.  Fly home with some migratory bird educational activities that you can use immediately, and other bird education resources.


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM        Lunch


3:30-4:00 PM                       Evaluations & Sharing



This two-day workshop will be take place in the beautiful forested setting of Michigan Tech University's Ford Forestry Center located along US 41, 8 miles south of L'Anse.  The Ford Forestry Center is the historic site of the restored Ford lumber mill; and offers lake, wetland and forest ecosystems for field activities, along with many hiking trails.



Participants stay in dorm-like rooms (doubles) and historic houses (sleep 6-10 persons). Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided. Participants will enjoy delicious meals and snacks from Friday lunch through Saturday lunch. 


What to Bring

sturdy walking shoes      pillow                            towel                            warm clothing               binoculars (optional)

rainwear                       warm jacket                  flashlight                       hat & mittens                sleeping bag (optional)  

Most of the workshop will take place outdoors. Participants should have sturdy footwear, dress for current weather conditions, and bring water and insect repellent.


NMU & MTU Credit Available

Teachers will have the option to take the workshop for credit through Northern Michigan University (1.0  ED 989 credit) or through Michigan Technological University (1.0 ED 5540 credit).



Workshop registration is $65 per person ($35 for university students).  Registration includes all meals from Friday lunch through Saturday afternoon snack.  Registration deadline for the workshop is Monday, April 15, 2002.


Teachers should ask their school or intermediate school district (ISD) about the availability of Eisenhower funds to cover registration and substitute fees:

                Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD                         Joy Maki   (jmaki@goisd.k12.mi.us )                    (906) 575-3438

                Copper Country ISD                              Shawn Oppliger  (sopplige@ccisd.k12.mi.us)       (906) 482-4250

                Delta-Schoolcraft ISD                             Debra Homeier  (dhomeier@dsisd.k12.mi.us )       (906) 786-9300                      

Dickinson-Iron ISD                                                Dee Benjamin  (dobenjamin@diisd.k12.mi.us )      (906) 779-2653

                Eastern U.P.  ISD                                   Michelle Ribant (mribant@eup.k12.mi.us )           (906) 635-2126

                Marquette-Alger ISD                              Bob Koehs  (bkoehs@maisd.k12.mi.us )               (906) 226-5116


For More Information

To find out more about the workshop, contact Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu or call (906)487-3341; or visit the Western UP Center’s website:  http:/wupcenter.mtu.edu/index.html.


Link To:


Teaching With the Outdoors Workshop ~ May 3-4, 2002 ~

Registration deadline is Monday, April 15, 2002


Send registration form and payment (make checks payable to CCISD) to:

Loret Roberts, Western UP Center, P.O. Box 270, Hancock, MI  49930