Science and Environmental Education

7th Annual Teaching With the Outdoors
Environmental & Field Science Workshop for K-12 Educators

Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5, 2001

At Clear Lake Education Center in the Hiawatha National Forest
Lake Explorations

Sponsored by:

National Park Service at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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

Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University

All Upper Peninsula ISD's

Northwoods Math & Science Center

Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University

Seney Natural History Association

Hiawatha Interpretive Association


Friday, MAY 4

Lake Explorations with Laura Felda on Clear Lake Lake Explorations
Laura Felda, Adopt - Lake, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Hands-on biological & chemical exploration of Clear Lake will introduce you to water testing and monitoring. Learn the basics of lake ecology and become familiar with this new award winning curriculum B Adopt- A- Lake from the University of Wisconsin.

(2) Woods & Wildlife (Forestry for Your School Site)
Laurie Labumbard, Marquette and Alger Conservation Districts and Barbara Fillmore, Schoolcraft and Luce-W. Mackinaw Conservation Districts Focus on school forests, their management and use in educational efforts. First we'll cover forestry and habitat management. The second part will focus on schoolyard habitat projects - developing and maintaining natural sites right outside the classroom door.

(1) Biodiversity Basics
Dave Kronk, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Marianne Kronk, Seney National Wildlife Refuge Through hands-on, minds-on outdoor activities, participants will become familiar with methods of teaching the subject of biodiversity to their students. Most activities will be from the new K-12 materials produced by the World Wildlife Fun


(2) Old Subject, New Methods: Archaeology and K-12 Education
John Franzen and Janel Crooks, Hiawatha National Forest Unearth information on key concepts covered in primary and secondary Social Studies and History classes. We'll also give examples of how archaeology can be used to teach other subjects, such as natural science and language arts. Although the examples will focus on grades 5-9, ideas relevant to other levels will be presented. A hands-on demonstration will be included and a list of resources will be provided.

7:00-8:00pm Dinner
8:00-8:45pm Bats of the Upper Peninsula!

Walt Summers, ret. Natural Resource Conservation Service
Slide show and interpretive program on bats and their role in the ecosystem.

Map 9:00pm (Optional - concurrent sessions)
*Mist netting for Bats - Walt Summers
*Fire Building with a Bow and Drill -Jon Spieles, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
*Frog Search - Joan Chadde


6:00-7:30am Concurrent sessions - choose one
Sunrise Magic Spot Activity or
Bird Hike Around Lake

7:30-8:00am Breakfast

8:00-10:00am Choose between two:

GPS school site mapping with Mark Sanderson (1) GPS & School Site Mapping
Mark Sanderson, NMU Seaborg Science & Math Center
We'll use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to mark and name waypoint locations, and learn how to accurately plot the locations on a topographic map. Participants will also learn how to produce a detailed map, using simple methods, as a first step in performing an inventory of their school site. Methods used will be applicable to various protocols included in the GLOBE Program.

(2) Watershed Bio-Indicators
Jeff Davis, Munising Bay Watershed Committee
The health of a habitat or watershed can be estimated by looking at some of the biological life forms present or missing! Learn about some important watershed bioindicators from aquatic insects to salamanders and how you and your students can help measure the health of your watershed and take steps to protect it.
10:30am-12: 30pm Choose between two:

(1) GIS (Geographic Information System)
Tom Abramson, Northwoods Science & Math Center, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
GIS is a powerful computer mapping system, and a tool for managing information of any kind according to where it is located. An introduction to ArcView GIS and its capabilities and some ways that GIS-based lessons have been used in classrooms at all grade levels. Opportunities for further investigation into this valuable tool will be explored.

Get the dirt on soils (2) Get the Dirt on Soils
Joan Chadde, GEM Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University
Participants will get their hands dirty as they explore how soil is formed, meet the hidden workers of the forest floor, and evaluate a variety of soil characteristics including, fertility, texture, moisture, and water movement. We will compare soil characteristics found in different plant communities---forest, meadow, and wetland. Lesson plans and handouts will be provided.

12:30-1:00pm Lunch & Workshop Evaluations

1:00-2:00pm Departure ----------

For information on the 2002 Teaching With the Outdoors Workshop, contact:

Joan Schumaker Chadde, Education Program Coordinator
Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
105 Dillman Hall/1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Tel: (906) 487-3341


Dave Kronk
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore National Lakeshore
P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862
Tel: (906) 387-2607


Marianne Kronk
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
HCR 2, Box 1
Seney, MI 49888
Tel: (906) 586-9851 Ext. 16