Joan Schumaker Chadde



Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education

1400 Townsend Drive

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI  49931-1295         

Tel:  (906) 487-3341  Email:



     M.S. Water Resources - University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY  (1984)

            • Major coursework in hydrology, groundwater, watershed management.

    B.S. Natural Resources - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  (1977)

            • Major coursework in limnology, ecology, environmental impact analysis.

    Secondary Teaching Certification (provisional) - Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI  (1998)

            • Endorsements:   Major – Biology          Minor - General Science            



2001 to present Program Coordinator, Western U. P. Center for Science, Mathematics and

                                Environmental Education, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

1995 to 2001                 Education Program Coordinator, Center for Science and Environmental

Outreach, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI  

1987 – 1995                  Water Resources Specialist, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources, Helena, MT

1987                             Natural Resources Technician, Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Helena, MT

1986                             RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Departments of Fisheries and Animal & Range Science,

                                    Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

1979-86             ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR, Innisfree (Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore), Wyoming

Outdoor Council (Lander, WY), National Outdoor Leadership School (Lander, WY), Yosemite Institute (Yosemite National Park)   



Education Program Development & Implementation

¨       Coordinated 2001 Lake Superior Youth Symposium for 400 middle/high school students & teachers.

¨       Coordinate family science night program for 2,000 students and parents at 21 elementary schools.

¨       Designed and implemented a forestry field trip program for gr. 1-6 students at area schools.

¨       Conducted water festivals for 500 K-6 students and families.

¨       Initiated stream-monitoring programs at 20 schools in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, including teacher- training workshops and student field trips.

¨       Coordinated Montana Riparian Education Committee, comprised of federal, state, and private agencies and organizations, to promote proper management of Montana’s streamside areas.

¨       Initiated statewide small acreage resource management and education program in Montana.

¨       Developed annual Earth Day "Kids Make a Difference" Program for schools in five-county area.

¨       Served on Advisory Boards/Committees: Isle Royale Natural History Association (2003-05), Houghton County Extension Advisory Committee (2000-2003), and Lake Linden-Hubbell School Improvement Committee (1996-present), Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp (1988-1995), Montana Forest Stewardship Program Steering Committee (1990-95), Montana Cumulative Watershed Effects Committee (1989-1994).


Teaching Experiences with Youth & Adults

¨       Co-instructor for Communicating Science, Wetlands Ecology, and Forest Field Methods courses at Michigan Technological University.

¨       Certified workshop facilitator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project WILD (wildlife), Project Learning Tree (forestry), and Viewfinders–Visual Environmental Literacy environmental education curriculums.

¨       Design and conduct professional development workshops for hundreds of K-12 educators annually.

¨       Deliver presentations and conduct field trips for K-12 students and university classes on stream monitoring, frog deformity surveys, watershed management, groundwater, forest ecology, pond ecology, waste management & recycling, presentation skills and effective teaching methods.

¨       Taught environmental education programs to K-12 students at Innisfree Environmental Education Center (MI), National Outdoor Leadership School (WY), Yosemite National Park (CA), Outdoor Vacations for Women Over 40, Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp, Michigan State University Extension 4-H and Great Lakes Ecology youth camps, and Michigan Technological University Summer Youth Program.


Natural Resource Management & Research

¨  Conduct frog breeding and frog deformity surveys.

¨  Conduct forest practices survey to evaluate influence of timber harvest practices on streams.

¨  Conduct inventory of streamside uses and bank stability; conduct stream monitoring.

¨  Evaluate effects of residential septic systems on inland lakes in northern Michigan.

¨  Participate in forestry best management practices audits.




Copper Country Intermediate School District

Dunn Foundation

Keweenaw Community Foundation

Kennedy Fund

Mead Paper Division & International Paper

Michigan Board of Education

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Strong Families/Safe Children Program

Torch Lake Public Action Committee

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

USDA Forest Service

Waksman Foundation

Wege Foundation



¨    Write press releases and news articles; participate in radio and television interviews; supervise webpage development and design.

¨    Conference presentations at Copper Country Intermediate School District (2001, 2003), Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District (2000), Groundwater Foundation Educators’ Conference (1996), International Association of Great Lakes Research (2001, 2003), Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association (2003), Michigan Science Teachers Association (2003), National Science Teachers Association (1999-2003), North American Association of Environmental Educators (2001, 2002), Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center for Math & Science (1997-99, 2003), State of the Lakes Conference on Lake Superior (2002)


¨       Community Land Use Planning & the Visual Environment – middle school curriculum unit (2001)

¨       Stream Management Guide - booklet (1995)

¨       Riparian Grazing Successes - booklet and display (1995)

¨       Tips on Land And Water Management for Small Farms & Ranches in Montana - booklet and display (1994)

¨       Montana’s Riparian Areas - brochure, newsletter, and video (1989, 1991)

¨       Conservation Education Resource Directory for Montana resource guide (1989)



¨    Honorable mention from Michigan Education Association’s “Showcasing Public Schools’ Success Program” and Education Excellence Award from Michigan Association of School Boards (May 2000) for coordinating Copper Country ISD’s Family Science/Math Nights Program and (May 2003) for Earth Week Kids Make a Difference Program.

¨    Conservation Education Award 2002 from Houghton-Keweenaw County Conservation District.