A Teacher Training Workshop


Integrating Watershed Education &

Stream Monitoring Into Grade 4-12 Curricula


11 AM, Tuesday, June 11 to 4 PM, Friday, June 14, 2002



For Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science Teachers of Grades 4-12


About the Workshop


This workshop takes the watershed approach to learning about streams, river, lakes and wetlands—integrating history, literature, writing, social studies, math and science. Through field trips, hands-on activities, sharing best teaching ideas and examining a variety of water education materials, teachers will enhance their understanding and gain the skills to perform physical, chemical, and biological water quality monitoring with their students, using Michigan stream monitoring protocols. The workshop will address Michigan content standards for science, math, language arts, and social studies. 


Participating teacher teams receive:


·      GEMS River Cutters Activity Guide

·      Water Education for Teachers Activity Guide

·      Stream monitoring handbook

·      Biological indicators monitoring kit ($300)

·      Chemical water quality monitoring kit ($300)

   includes tests for:

       – pH                     – Nitrates & Nitrogen

       – Phosphates      – Dissolved Oxygen

       – Turbidity          – Iron

At the workshop, teachers will:


·         Examine water education resources.

·         Present one of their best teaching ideas.

·         Share a one-page written summary of their proposed teaching unit or program.


Due by August 31, 2002:


§          A two-page outline of a teaching/learning unit that reflects effective teaching strategies, meets Michigan curriculum standards, and can be implemented in the classroom during Fall 2002.



Workshop Sponsors


Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics

and Environmental Education

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Wege Foundation







This four-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 rooms (doubles) or in historic houses (sleep 6-10 persons). Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided. Participants will enjoy delicious meals and snacks from Tuesday lunch to Friday lunch. 


What to Bring


sturdy walking shoes

warm clothing


warm jacket


insect repellant




sun protection

water bottle



Daily field trips will take place outdoors.  Participants should have sturdy footwear, dress for current weather conditions, and bring a backpack with appropriate gear for rain or sun on field trips.

Equipment Provided

Participating teacher teams (2 or more teachers) from each school will receive approximately $700 of water quality monitoring equipment, in addition to water education materials.



Two semester credits from Northern Michigan University ($180 per credit) or Michigan Technological University ($228 per credit; or $447per graduate credit).  Cost of university credit is the responsibility of participants.  Registration for NMU and MTU credit will be on the first day of the workshop.



$275 per person includes meals, overnight accommodations at Ford Forestry Center, activity guides, videos, chemical and biological monitoring kits (per team of 2 teachers), and other workshop materials.  Registration fees will be paid for teachers from schools in the CCISD Eisenhower consortium.  Teachers not in the CCISD consortium should contact their school or intermediate school district (ISD) about the availability of Eisenhower funds to cover registration fees.

Limited to 24 participants.          REGISTRATION DEADLINE is May 1st.


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.



Watershed Education & Stream Monitoring Workshop  
Registration Form ~ June 11-14, 2002



Name: ____________________________________Social Security Number: __________________________               

Home Address: _________________________________________________________________________ 

Home Phone: _____________________ Fax:______________________E-mail: ________________________

School:   ______________________________________School Phone: _______________________________                 

Subject Areas Taught:   _________________________________Ages/Grades Taught:  ___________________




Send registration form and payment (make checks payable to Michigan Technological University) to:

Loret Roberts,

Western UP Center,

P.O. Box 270,

Hancock, MI 49930