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Announcing: Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2005

The 2005 Lake Superior Youth Symposium will take place Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15 in Thunder Bay, Ontario hosted by Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute (a high school). Thunder Bay is located 200 miles north of Duluth, MN.

This Sixth Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium for grades 7-12 students and teachers has been held every two years since 1995. Once again, students from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario will come together as stewards of the Lake Superior watershed.

Participants will listen to keynote speakers talking about issues and events impacting on the watershed. They will attend workshops dealing with topics like waste audits, landfill management, climate change, exotic species, water sampling, timber management, environmental sustainability, and more.

Field trips have been designed in order to visit unique locations around the Thunder Bay area where experts will facilitate new learning experiences such as touring: the Thunder Bay Harbor; a grain elevator; a paper mill; Fort William Historical Park; the arctic micro climate at Ouimet Canyon; a fish hatchery; the Mission Marsh; the Williams Bog; Conservation Authority projects; climbing 450 meters up the Sleeping Giant; the Kingfisher Outdoor Education facility; a managed forest; alternative energy projects; alternative housing designs; an award winning landfill; university and college environmental programs/facilities; and much more.

Arts and cultural connections are an important part of the conference and will be represented by exhibitions of literary works; artistic works; musical performances; films; and dramatic productions. A dance will bring the whole group together to celebrate the lake and their conference participation on the Saturday night.

The location of the symposium circles Lake Superior, alternating between Wisconsin, Ontario, Minnesota, and Michigan and is hosted by local educational institutions. This will be the second time the conference has visited Ontario (White Pines Collegiate in Sault Ste. Marie hosted the symposium in 1997). 95% of past student delegates indicated a desire to attend the next conference, so plan now to join us in Thunder Bay! Churchill High School students have attended the past three symposiums.

A web site will be active soon and can be accessed and listed here.

For more information or to be put on a contact list for registration, contact by e-mail Doug Jones or (807) 345-7671 (Home) or (807) 473-8100 (School)

A program will be available by the December school break.

Hope To See You There!

NOTE: Schools in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan who are interested in attending should contact by E-mail Joan Chadde at the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education or 906-487-3341). The Center will be arranging for bus transportation to the symposium and can transport a total of 45 participants. Cost TBA (We will search for grants to subsidize). Contact Joan if you need her to serve as a chaperone for any single student participants.

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