Lake Superior Youth Symposium 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.
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,
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.
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.
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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.