School/Community Education Programs

The Center offers a variety of educational programs, including classroom presentations, teacher training workshops, special courses for elementary and middle school students, a U.P. lending library of educational resources on the environment, as well as, interdisciplinary programs that engage students in learning about and protecting their local water resources. 

 
Education Program Highlights

1) New university "Communicating Science" course taught fall, winter, and spring terms.  Students receive 1-credit for designing and conducting their own activity presentations at three family science nights.

2) Classroom Presentation Program to deliver hands-on presentations on environmental topics:  

  • Spring/Fall 1999 –16 volunteers delivered presentations to 28 classes totaling 672 students in Gr. K-6 at eleven schools

  • Spring/Fall 1998 – 25 volunteers delivered presentations to 35 classes totaling 850 students in Gr. K-6 at eight schools  

  • Spring/Fall 1997 - 21 volunteers delivered presentations to 38 classes totaling 950 students in Gr. 2-6 at ten schools

  • Spring 1996 - 22 volunteers delivered presentations to 44 classes totaling 1100 students in Gr. 2-5 at eight schools         

  • Spring/Fall 1994 - 7 volunteers delivered presentations to 22 classes totaling 550 students in Gr. 4-6 at seven schools

3) Teaching with the Outdoors Environmental and Field Science Teacher-Training Workshops at Camp Nesbit and ClearLake Education Center (alternate locations each year)

  • May 1999

  • May 1998

  • May 1997

  • October 1996

  • May 1996

  • October 1995

4) Teacher-training workshops on environmental topics:

  • May 2000 (2)

  • February 2000

  • November 1999 (2)

  • March 1999 (2)

  • December 1998

  • October 1998

  • August 1998

 

  • May 1998

  • April 1998

  • November 1997

  • May 1997

  • November 1996

  • October 1996

  • May 1996

 

5) "Adopt-a-Stream" Monitoring Program in Upper Peninsula Schools

  • 1998 – 22 schools

  • 1997 – 11 schools

  • 1996 – 3 schools

  • 1995 – 1 school

6) 5-day teacher workshop: "How to Develop A Stream Monitoring Program for Your   School"

  • Summer 1998 – 24 teachers from 13 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, Marquette, and Alger Counties

  • Spring 1997 - 30 teachers from 11 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Gogebic Counties

7) Water festival / water appreciation days

  • April 1999 – attended by 525 K-6 students at Hancock Elementary School

  • May 1998 – attended by 525 K-6 students at Hancock Elementary School

  • April 1997 - attended by 500 K-6 students & families at Chassell Twp. Elementary School; 75 MTU student / community volunteers

  • April 1996 - attended by 350 K-6 students at Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary School; 40 MTU student/community  volunteers

8) Family Science Nights (with MTU students and community            volunteers)

  • 1999-00 School Year – 12 family science nights and 3 family math nights at elementary schools in Houghton, Baraga, and Ontonagon Counties

  • 1998-99 School Year – 10 family science nights at all elementary schools in Houghton and Baraga Counties

  • 1997-98 School Year – 3 family science nights at South Range, EB Holman, and Hancock Elementary Schools in Houghton and Co.

  • 1996-97 School Year – 1 family science night at Lake Linden-Hubbell Elem. School in Houghton County

9) Designed and conducted School Forest Field Trips (1996-2000)
  • 4th grade (Oct. 1997)

  • 1st grade (May 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)

  • Family Nights (Apr’98; May’97)

  • 5th grade (June 1998)

  • 3rd grade (October 1996)

  • B-H-K HeadStart (July ’97, April ’98, July ’98, Aug. ’99)

  • 2nd grade (May 1999)

 
10) Conducted Earth Day Celebration Program for schools in   
       Houghton & Baraga Counties
  • 2500 students in grades K-6  (1999) – Lake Superior Assembly Program (Great Lakes Aquarium)

  • 1200 students in grades 1-5 (1998) – “Excuse Me Sir, That’s My Aquifer” Concert (Anne Bailey Rowland)

  • 950 students in grades 1-8  (1997) – Wildlife/Environmental Award-Winning Films

  • 2300 students in grades K-8  (2000) – Lake Superior Assembly Program (Great Lakes Aquarium)  

11) Sponsored Earth Day Oil Recycling Poster Contest for 7th-12th graders in Copper Country ISD schools. Produced      posters and bumper stickers for distribution from winning entry titled, “Engines Need Clean Oil. We Need Clean Water. Recycle Oil.” (1994-95)

12)Purchased groundwater flow models for six U.P. intermediate     school districts (1993)

13) Sponsored WISE (Waste Information Series for Education) workshop for 12 teachers and community volunteers (1993)

14) Sponsored Classroom GEMS (Groundwater Education in Michigan's Schools) teacher training workshop for 30 teachers in four central U.P. counties (1993) and 9 teachers in five western U.P. counties (1992)

15) Assembled extensive K-12 Environment and Science Educational Resource Materials Lending Library for teachers, including curriculum/activity guides, children’s books, videos, activity boxes, stream/pond sampling equipment

16) Conducted numerous presentations and hands-on activities (1992-2000): Tech Teas, Houghton-Portage Twp. library, Girls+Math+Science, Touch the Future, MTU courses, Keweenaw Home Nursing, Kiwanis, MTU faculty, MTU student organizations; MTU Native Speakers Educational Forum, Camp Superior, Camp Nesbit, Celebrate the Arts, Home School Groups, Young Author’s Day

17) Conducted special week-long courses on the "Wonder of Water"
  • Great Explorations class for 5-12 year olds at Headstart Summer Program (1996-‘99)

  • MTU Summer Youth Program for 13-15 year olds (1996)

 
18) Presented at conferences: 
  • National Science Teachers Association National Convention (April 2000)

  • National Science Teachers Association Midwest Regional Conference (Oct '99)

  • Seaborg Center for Math & Science (Northern Michigan University) Annual Educators Conference (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)

  • U. P. Middle School Conference in Marquette, MI  (1996, 1997)

  • Lake Superior Centers Educators Colloquium in Duluth, MN  (March 1997)

  • Groundwater Foundation’s Annual Water Festival Workshop in Nebraska City, NE (October    1996)

  • Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA (November 1995)

  • MSU Extensions Michigan Groundwater Networking Conference in Bellaire, MI (November 1995)