Family Forest Nights at Western UP Schools

Western Upper Peninsula students and their parents are challenged to turn off their televisions, computers and video games and spend an evening as a family learning about science and the local forests. Earthworm Invaders, Tree ID, and Wildlife is Everywhere are just a few of the fun family forest activities being presented to K-6 students and their parents at Family Forest Nights, conducted by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

These popular events will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., except Lake Linden's event, which is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Following are the dates and locations:

Norrie and Sleight Elementary Schools Thursday, Sept. 16, at Norrie Park

Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary School Monday, Sept. 20, at Lake Linden-Hubbell School Forest

South Range Elementary School Thursday, Sept. 23, at Lake Perrault and Brown Nature Sanctuary

Dollar Bay Elementary School Monday, Sept 27, at Sandy Bottom Park

Pre-school through grade six students and their parents will participate in hour-long outdoor activities designed for their grade level and led by center staff, Michigan Tech students, US Forest Service staff and other community volunteers.

"Family Forest Night activities enhance classroom learning and support Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for Science," explains Joan Chadde, program coordinator for the Western UP Center. "During the activities, students utilize many science skills, such as observing, predicting and data collection. Using the outdoors as a classroom is a great way to get students excited about science and make connections to the real world! Family Forest Nights provide a wonderful opportunity for parents and kids to spend a fun evening learning together--and it's free for families."

For more information, contact Chadde at 487-3341, , or contact the host school.


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