Shipping on the Great Lakes ~ K-8 Teacher Workshop
at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary ~ Alpena, MI

Explore Great Lakes shipping with guest presenters, hands-on activities, and guided tours at this interdisciplinary workshop. Discover the fascinating history and current shipping operations in your own backyard! Receive ready-to-go lessons and materials for your classroom.

The workshop will begin at 6 pm, Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Thunder Bay Marine Museum with dinner and a presentation by Katie Ferguson, a 2001 Alpena High School graduate now employed by the Great Lakes Fleet in Duluth, MN, as a sales, marketing & traffic analyst. Ms. Ferguson will introduce participants to “Shipping on the Great Lakes.”

On Friday morning, teachers will participate in engaging activities from the new Great Lakes Maritime Transportation “Treasure Chest.” The chest is full of books, DVDs, maps, posters, a captain’s hat, cargo samples, and much more. The chest is now available for check-out from the AMA-ESD or the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A ship captain will share his experiences on the Great Lakes.

On Friday afternoon, teachers will tour the Presque Isle Quarry in Stoneport, the LaFarge cement plant, and Alpena harbor to gain an up-close and personal view of ships and the cargo they transport.

Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 26. There is NO CHARGE for the workshop which Includes Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, and FREE classroom materials. One SB-CEU (no cost), one Michigan Technological University graduate credit (FULL scholarships provided) or one NMU ED 989 credit available (additional cost) are available. Up to ten educators may stay at the facility on Thursday night, at no cost. Please contact Cathy Green, Education Program Coordinator at 989-356-8805 to reserve a space.

To register for the workshop, fax your registration form (available online to Joan Chadde, Workshop Coordinator, at Michigan Tech University, Fax: 906-487-1620 or email: .

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located at 500 West Fletcher St., Alpena, MI  49707
Tel: 989-356-8805   Web:

This workshop is supported with a grant from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute ( )

Co-Sponsors and contributors include: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena Regional Educational Services Agency, Great Lakes Fleet, Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute at University of WI-Superior and University of MN Duluth, Western U.P. for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and Michigan Technological University.


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