the 2003 5th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium
Forty-two western Upper Peninsula students and teachers from Baraga High
School, Chassell High School, Jeffers High School, Hancock High School
and Lake Linden-Hubbell High School head to Northland College in Ashland,
Wisconsin today for the Lake Superior Youth Symposium. After circumnavigating
Lake Superior, the fifth biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium will once
again be held at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, April 24 - 27,
2003. The Lake Superior Youth Symposium is designed for high school students
who live near Lake Superior. It provides an ecological, cultural, and
social exploration of the problems and responsibilities of Great Lake
This year's symposium focus is titled "Embracing an Inland Sea: Living
in Community Around Lake Superior." Participants study environmental stewardship,
personal responsibility, and leadership, as well as, explore career opportunities
in the environmental and natural resources fields.
Symposium participants will attend scheduled presentations and participate
in field experiences conducted by forty different educators and professionals
from Northland College, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Midwest Renewable
Energy Association, Honda Motorwerks, the Clear Water Folk School, the
U.S. Coast Guard, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Artists,
writers, historians, and educators will also conduct specific presentations
in their areas of expertise. Presentations include wetland ecology and
extinction, renewable energy, sustainable food production, culture, geology,
native plants, fishery restoration, folk art, nature writing, photography,
and more. Field trips to Copper Falls State Park, the Chequamegon National
Forest, and the Bayfield State Fish Hatchery are also planned.
Featured presenters include National Geographic writer Jeff Rennicke
and Christian W. Cold, a wildlife technician and educator for the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources. Rennicke has traversed the globe in search
of stories, but he always returns to Lake Superior, from which he draws
his inspiration. He will share a poetic look at Lake Superior and how
it shapes the lives of those who come to its shore. Cold will offer an
insightful look into wildlife ecology and management in the Great Lakes
Basin and the issues influencing its future.
The Lake Superior Youth Symposium is hosted by Northland College and
the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, the environmental education
outreach arm of the College. The 2001 Lake Superior Youth Symposium was
held at Michigan Technological University and hosted by the Western Upper
Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education.
The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute's namesake, Sigurd F. Olson
(1899 - 1982), is one of America's most beloved nature writers and most
influential conservationists of the 20th century. Best known as the author
of nine books about the north country, Olson also helped shape national
conservation policy and played an important role in the preservation of
many national parks, seashores, and wilderness areas. He was an early
wolf researcher, producing his pioneering 1920s study on timber wolves
and coyotes of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.
The Institute strives to preserve Olson's legacy and carry on his work,
helping protect the unique character of the north woods through the dissemination
of environmental and social knowledge.