Four Directions Water Walkers (Essie Leoso-Corbine, Bad River, WI)
Where do we go from here? (Dr. Marty Auer, MTU)
Symposium Stewardship Projects (coming soon)
Stewardship Shines Through
Rain and chill did not dampen the spirits of the 200 middle and high school students who came from 24 different schools located around Michigan and the Lake Superior watershed to engage in Great Lakes stewardship projects while attending the Lake Superior Youth Symposium at Michigan Tech May 16-19. A total of thirteen stewardship projects were led by local organizations across Houghton County. The 200 students and their 40 teacher and parent chaperones contributed nearly 500 hours to enhance the local environment. We want to thank the host organizations of Barkell Elementary, Calumet Lions Club, Chassell Township Schools, CLK Elementary, EB Holman School, Jeffers High School, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, Maasto Hiito Trails Club, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Swedetown Trails Club, and Washington Middle School for coordinating stewardship projects and enhancing the stewardship skills of the next generation of Great Lakes stewards. Stewardship projects included: a beach cleanup, buckthorn and knapweed removal, tree planting, trail building, several garden projects, interpretive sign design, and trail construction. It was a valuable experience for all.
One leader commented: “Wow! What an amazing group of student volunteers!”
Students observed, “I loved working in the rain and mud – the labor was really refreshing and fun. It helped us with leadership skills, and gave us more experience with what being on a team is really like.”
We would like to thank the Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Endowment Fund that provided a grant to provide transportation for the students to the stewardship project locations, as well as, Earth Force, NOAA, and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative who provided funding for the Symposium. We thank these young people for leaving a positive “mark” on our community.
- Symposium Steering Committee
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Michigan Space Grant Consortium
Michigan Technological University MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences
University of Wisconsin Madison Center for Freight Infrastructure Research & Education (CFIRE)
Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education
Youth Advisory Council, Keweenaw Community Foundation
Superior Watershed Partnership
Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition
The Forestland Group, LLC
Copper Country Trout Unlimited
Copper Country Audubon Club
Friends of the Land of Keweenaw
"We have attended the last two symposiums and thought they were very valuable experiences for our students--one student even said it was 'life changing.'"
Cheryl Schnell, Wisconsin middle school teacher