PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2007
Amphibians in the Spring
Live amphibians, egg masses and tadpoles will be brought in and discussed. The breading rituals of native amphibian species will be emphasized during the program. This presentation includes a field outing to search for amphibians.
BarkArt: Birch Bark in a New Form
Kristi A. Mills, Big Bay Outfitters
Learn about the historical, cultural, artistic and medicinal uses of birch bark. Create your own birch bark container to share or trade with your friends.
Make a copper bowl using a stone and log to pound and shape it. The copper will be softened using a fire and water.
Linda O’Brien, environmental educator
Learn to use a GPS and how to input coordinates to find a hidden treasure. Also, learn how to hide a cache for others to find.
Geology Hike: Black Rocks and
John Anderton, Geography Department
Hike to the rugged
Kayaking on Lake Independence
Take a 2-hour introductory
kayaking lesson on
Anishinaabe Songs & Dance Regalia
Tim Derwin, American Indian Coordinating Council
This is a presentation on
traditional dance in the
Aquatic Invaders of
Numerous aquatic invasive
species have entered into the
T.J. Brown, Northern Options, Biodiesel Coordinator
What is biodiesel? Why is it considered a “green” alternative energy? How is it made? In this session, you will learn the answers to these questions and get a chance to make your own biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.
Birds of the
Louis Taccolini, Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society
This session includes a brief
presentation on birds of the
A Chipmunk, a Moose, and a Rabbit: learning to work with all the animals in the forest (9:00 and 10:30)
Joe Lubig and Derek
Really, come on in to this session to work with all the members of your pack to solve fun and challenging group problems! You will leave this session with the skill and ability to work with all types of “animals.”
Citizen-Science Field Research (Bird Banding)
Real field work with real wildlife! The spring bird migration is on and we will capture, handle, identify, process and release both resident birds and migrants. Begin your training toward becoming licensed.
Peggie Shelfoe, Elder
Make a dream catcher to take home. Learn the story behind the dream catcher. Happy Dreams!
Finnish-Scandinavian Harmonica tunes from the Lumberjack Camps
Les Ross, master performing artist
Listen to tunes from the
lumberjack era and learn some tips for playing this distinctive
“accordion-style” of harmonica. Les Ross
has been awarded the status of “master” performing artist by the National
Council for the Traditional Arts and by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program
Global Climate Change
Gregg Bruff, National Park Service
Learn the basics of global climate change, how it will likely affect our National Parks and what you can do to help.
A Historical Tour of Big Bay
Once upon a time its people
produced wooden car bodies, logged its extensive forests, played host to the
most prosperous families in
FRIDAY Single Sessions (continued) 9:00-10:15 10:30-11:45 1:00-2:15 2:30-3:45
Hoop Dance Presentation
Megan Tucker and Summer Cohen
Youth instructor, Megan Tucker, will teach basic hoop dance techniques and styles. There will also be a demonstration on making hoops. Be ready to get up and move.
Philip Schneeberger, Department of Natural Resources
A variety of
Lake Superior’s Unique Weather Events & the Dangers of Rip Currents
Dave Guenther, National Weather Service
Life Aboard a
Captain Mark Phillips,
Admiral John Tanner, Northwestern
Hear about the challenges and
benefits of working and living on ships.
Learn how to apply for seasonal work, earning $20,000 for 100 days
aboard ship. Find out what training is needed to be a ship officer, and learn
about job prospects aboard
This presentation will cover
the general biology of wolves, walking everyone through a year in the life of a
wolf. There will be a focus on the
history of wolves in
Non-native Invasive Plant Species
Learn the most common weeds and the problem they can create to our native plant communities. Learn how to monitor and map weed-locations. Learn how to be proactive by using native plants in restoration of impacted ecosystems.
Wild Writing – Writing in Nature: Sensing Yourself in the World
How do your senses help you become a better scientist? How do science skills make you a better writer? Explore the outdoors using all of your senses then apply your new perceptions in creative writing. Lots of great tricks to inspire your imagination and produce great writing!