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Exotic Species Teacher Training



Posted on behalf of Steve Stewart <stewart@msue.msu.edu>

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MICHIGAN TEACHERS!!!


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


When:  Monday, July 12, 1999

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.=20

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



>>>> DETAILED INFORMATION >>>>


EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP

The Exotic Species Day Camp is an exciting introduction for classroom and
nonformal Educators to harmful aquatic exotic species.  On July 12, 1999,
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

In return for a modest honorarium and the prepared Sea Grant materials,
participants agree to:

- 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 INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS UNIQUE TEACHER TRAINING
OPPORTUNITY, please complete the application form below and return it by
May 31, 1999 to:

Steve Stewart
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12
Clinton Township, Michigan 48036
(810) 469-5180
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MICHIGAN SEA GRANT EXTENSION EXOTIC SPECIES DAY CAMP APPLICATION
FORM

Since space at the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Exotic Species Day Camp
will be limited to only 25 teachers, we also ask that you provide us with
a paragraph describing why you should be selected for participation.=20
Please include this statement along with your completed application.


Application Form:

Name:  _______________________________________________________


School:  ______________________________________________________


School Address:  ________________________________________________


___________________________________________________________


District:  ____________________________________________________


Phone: (_______) ________________________


______  I will share what I learn with _______________________________


______  I agree to submit a brief lesson plan or activity description to
Michigan Sea Grant Extension for its use in improving exotic species
education materials.