2003: Embracing an Inland Sea Living in Community around Lake Superior
Lake Superior Youth Symposium 2003 Program (Adobe PDF 180k)
2003 Symposium PR
What Students learned from 2003 Symposium
Thanks to Local Sponsors of Copper Country students


Thank You

The educators listed below would like to thank the many local organizations and school districts that made it possible for 36 middle and high school students to attend the 2003 Lake Superior Youth Symposium hosted by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College on April 24-27.

Students from Jeffers High School, Baraga High School, Chassell High School, Hancock High School, and Lake Linden-Hubbell High School joined with students from throughout the Lake Superior watershed (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario) to learn what they can do to protect and enhance the wildlife, fisheries, forests, water quality and communities around Lake Superior.

Students also learned about renewable energy, organic food production, hybrid cars, and energy-conserving building designs. The symposium emphasized environmental sustainability and empowered students to recognize that their personal actions can make a difference.

Funding to attend the symposium was provided, in part, by:

  • Adams Township School District,
  • Baraga Area Schools,
  • Chassell Township Schools,
  • PATT,
  • Lake Linden-Hubbell School District,
  • Copper Country Trout Unlimited,
  • Copper Country Audubon,
  • Copper Range Historical Society,
  • Friends of the Land of Keweenaw,
  • Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District,
  • Jeffers High School Student Council,
  • South Range Eagles,
  • Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Joan Chadde, Linda Pepper, Karen Abata, Mike Benda, Tim Keteri, Katie Walch Tel: 487-3341

From: "Patricia Toczydlowski" t-11@pasty.com Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003
Joan - Thanks for taking our area students. Rachel had a great time. Her favorite was Jeff Renicke. She's already looking forward to the next one. It's great to give these students from around the lake the opportunity to get together and feel empowered and positive.
Patricia Toczydlowski

From: Elizabeth Flynn eflynn@mtu.edu Wed, 30 Apr 2003
Thank YOU, Joan! Kate had a great time. She's been telling me about alternatives to using styrofoam for insulation, etc. And she came home with a brochure from the new prep school in Land O' Lakes. She, of course, wants to go there. I'll make sure she writes a letter of thanks to her sponsors.

From: Kerry Kostamo kostamo@hancock.k12.mi.us Wed, 30 Apr 2003
HI Joan - A big thank you to you and Katie! Alex Chesny is fired up!!!!! We have already talked about starting an Ecology Club in the fall. I have tried to do this before but did not have a core group of committed students (or much interest). Kids can make a difference!
Thanks! Kerry