Teaching With the Outdoors Teacher Workshop, May 5-6, 2000
Camp Nesbit, Ottawa National Forest

~ With Participants' Comments ~

BioMonitoring of Plants and Animals Workshop participants learn how to distinguish ozone damage from other forms of damage to plant leaves

First of all, I would like to say that the Teaching with the Outdoors Workshop was one of the best I've attended. There were so many useful methods and activities for me to use in my classroom. I will definitely be attending next year's workshop to get more great ideas for my classroom.

Robert Flaminio, Gr. 7 science teacher, Gladstone Middle School


David Kronk (not in photo) of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore leads Sharing Nature With Children Workshop participants in a Blind Walk activity.

I want to thank you again for the wonderful experience. I had a great time and learned a great deal. I was exposed to a variety of materials that will be useful to me in my future teacher endeavors.

Dave Schneider, NMU teacher education student, Gladstone, MI


BioMonitoring workshop conducted by Mittsy Voiles of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

I've already tried out two of the activities from the weekend with my class. We're

having a fun time becoming more aware of caring for our natural resources.

Katrina Bufe, Gr. 2-4 teacher, Burt Township Elementary School, Grand Marais, MI


BioMonitoring participants construct a plant press for collecting plant specimens.

I shared the Project WET and the other resources I received from the meeting with the rest of our Science department members. We have a wetland site <near our school> which we weren't sure how we could use. Now we have quite a few ideas. Thanks.

Joanna Schneider, Gr. 5 teacher, Rapid River Elementary School, Gladstone, MI


WET Workshop participants share a laugh!

Thanks for the great learning weekend. I was able to use some of the ideas at 6th grade camp this year. Thanks again.

Jayann Erkkila, Gr. 6 teacher, Niagara Middle School, Kingsford MI


WET Workshop introduction by Joan Chadde in the Camp Nesbit Dining Hall.

Going over my notes and the information I received at the workshop, I am in awe again of the effectiveness of using the outdoors as a learning instrument. I also am constantly reminded of the unlimited possibilities which this resource provides. Thanks again for your organization and effort. Denise Bartlett, Librarian, Superior Central Elementary School, Eben, MI


Mittsy Voiles, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, walks by Nesbit Lake to inspect a red pine tree for ozone damage.

I enjoyed all four of the programs <that I attended>, but the Water Education and Forest Measurements will be most helpful in the classroom…Mr. Sailor (Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources) game me a much clearer understanding of some things I work with in my classes everyday. I enjoyed the workshop very much and will definitely take it again when offered.

Dave Hanke, Gr. 9-12 Math & Industrial Arts teacher, Chassell Township School, Chassell, MI


WET Workshop participants clean "wastewater" in the Sparkling Water activity.

What I like best about this workshop was that it was hands-on and provided materials that I could bring back to the classroom and use immediately.

Janet Larson, Gr. 2 teacher, E.B. Holman School, Atlantic Mine, MI


Bob Sprague, park interpreter at Porcupine Mountains State Park, conducts the evening program, "Wildflowers of the Upper Peninsula."

I can't believe how much fun the Teaching with the Outdoors Workshop was and how much I learned! I hope to integrate many of the hands-on ideas that were presented, as well as use the resources which were given to us. Thank you!! I particularly enjoyed, "Teach Your Child to Wonder"---children need to experience science and not just have someone tell them the answers to all of their questions.

Erma McMurphy, Elementary Special Education teacher, Chassell Township School, Chassell, MI

Mittsy Voiles, Michelle Vachon, and Mark Sanderson, look for ozone damage on leaves at Camp Nesbit.

More WET Workshop participants cleaning "wastewater."

Michigan Tech students who served as hospitality and kitchen crew (from left to right):
Andrea Hinsenkamp--Applied Ecology,
Sara Keinath--Forestry
Amy Bastone--Environmental Engineering 
Elly Bunzendahl--Environmental Engineering/Biology, with workshop coordinator, Joan Chadde of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.