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MICHIGAN SEA GRANT EXTENSION EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP



MICHIGAN TEACHERS

MICHIGAN SEA GRANT EXTENSION EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP
A One-Day Teacher Training Experience

When: Thursday, June 24, 1998
Where: Belle Isle Zoo/Aquarium, Detroit

Increase your knowledge of aquatic exotic species, such as zebra mussels, sea lamprey and purple loosestrife.
Help your students become environmental stewards and achieve state learning standards.
Learn about and develop classroom-ready resources for grades 4-8.
Receive honoraria and free instructional materials.
Get hands-on experience using Sea Grant educational products, including:
- Youth education resource kits
- CD-ROMs
- Internet resources
- Lake monitoring kits
- Instructor's training packages


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EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP

The Exotic Species Day Camp is an exciting introduction for classroom and nonformal Educators to harmful aquatic exotic species. On June 24, 1998, a one-day workshop, or 'day camp', for Michigan teachers will be conducted.


Our Great Lakes and inland waters are valuable resources that need to be understood and protected. Unfortunately, harmful exotics are out-competing native plants and animals and affecting ecosystem health. To protect our aquatic environment and economy, we need an educated public, especially youth who are our future environmental stewards. Exotic species are an important curriculum topic for teachers as a useful point of exploration for understanding aquatic ecology and the role of human impacts.


Teachers and educators participating in this workshop will be introduced to new resources to teach students about how exotic species relate to issues of water and sediment pollution, food webs, threatened and endangered species, global climate change, and water-related economic impacts.

GOALS


Broaden distribution of exotic aquatic species education to teachers, students, environmental educators, and outdoor education center visitors in Michigan.

Introduce Sea Grant and its regional nonformal education partners as key resources for learning about Great Lakes issues.

PARTICIPANT BENEFITS

- Gain hands-on experience in applying exotic species concepts.
- Increase knowledge of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), both animals and plants.
- Develop new multidisciplinary teaching skills to help students become environmental stewards.
- Work with quality interactive education products that allow teachers to meet state learning standards.
- Obtain free instructional materials.
- Receive an Honorarium for assistance in developing new exotic aquatic species classroom activities.
- Network with other educators from throughout Michigan.
- Use a new exotic species compendium for the classroom and outdoor education.
- Visit premier environmental learning centers (museums and aquariums).


PARTICIPANT COMMITMENTS


- Develop an activity incorporating one or more Sea Grant education products featured at the Exotic Species Day Camp.
- Share Sea Grant education and information resources with other teachers and outdoor educators through in-service training, demonstrations, or presentations at educational forums.

SEA GRANT EDUCATION PRODUCTS REVIEWED DURING THE EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP

Exotic Aquatics Traveling Trunk
Interactive education kit including a curriculum with nine classroom activities, an award-winning video, maps, books, and museum-quality specimens and models of several exotics.


Zebra Mussel Mania Traveling Trunk
Award-winning education kit and curriculum that offers ten activities incorporating experiments, games, stories, and community action projects about zebra mussels and other aquatic exotics.


Great Lakes Solution Seeker CD-ROM
Data sets related to exotic species have active links to Internet sites that keep the data up-to-date. Students access images of the species, track their spread, and compare means of introduction and control.


SGNIS (Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species)
Peer-reviewed website and CD-ROM contains research information and outreach products on exotic species. Graphics, photos, and video clips of many species can be downloaded.

GLIMCES (Great Lakes Instructional Materials for the Changing Earth System)
Activities address global environmental change with a section on exotic species and a scenario of how they are likely to be influenced by global warming in the Great Lakes ecoregion.


Zebra Mussel Citizen Monitoring Kit
Kit used to collect seasonal monitoring samples and data from inland lakes. This equipment can be used by educators during field work such as water quality and habitat assessment. Hands-on field work by students will contribute to regional and national data collection.


The Purple Loosestrife Project
Includes activity sets for grades 4-12, background materials, and a website called "The Purple Pages." From this project, teachers have created classroom activities, such as rearing purple loosestrife and its
natural enemy, the leaf-feeding Galerucella beetle.

Mussel Menace: Zebra Mussels and You
Instructor's training package teaches people how to raise zebra mussel awareness aimed at preventing spread and reducing impacts. Includes video/slide program, fact sheets, newsletters, contacts, and more.


IF YOU ARE A MICHIGAN TEACHER AND ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS UNIQUE TEACHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY, please complete the application form below and return it by April 30, 1998 to:

Steve Stewart
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12
Clinton Township, Michigan 48036
(810) 469-5180

**** Since space at the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Exotic Species Day Camp will be limited to only 30 teachers, we also ask that you provide us with a statement of 300 words or less describing why you should be selected for participation. Please include this statement along with your completed application.



APPLICATION FORM:


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School: ________________________________________________________

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