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Posted on behalf of Joan Chadde
Lake Superior Youth Symposium for grades 8-12 students to be held May 17-20 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Registration deadline is April 5. A news release follows.
4th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium
Mark your calendars now for the Fourth Biennial Lake Superior Youth
Symposium on  May 17-20 on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan!  The symposium will bring together grade 8-12 students and teachers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario to learn about the Lake Superior and the Great Lakes watersheds.  The goal of the symposium is to promote stewardship of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes amongst tomorrow's leaders and decision-makers. 

More than 60 different field trips and presentations will be offered on a
wide variety of topics, including history, geology, water quality, forest
management, pollution threats, environmental stewardship, artistic
expression, and student initiatives.  Invited presenters include Michigan
Tech, Northland College and University of Wisconsin faculty and graduate
students, plus specialists from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Isle
Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historic Park, Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes Aquarium, Trout Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, Lake Superior Alliance, Mead Paper Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, plus many educators, artists, and writers. 
Lois Beardslee and Ron Hobart will both be guest presenters at the
symposium. Lois Beardslee, an Ojibway artist, author, and storyteller from
Maple City, Michigan will present a program titled, Native American Arts,
Stories & Spirit that includes story-telling and teaching of traditional
Ojibwe arts, such as porcupine quillwork, sweetgrass and birch bark
basketry, birch bark cut-outs of animals, birch bark bitings, and cedar
fiber weaving.  Ron Hobart, of Hayward, Wisconsin will present a program
titled 'The LaSalle Presentation' that portrays a 17th century voyageur
garbed in authentic clothing-muslin shirt, canvas pants, wool socks, and
moosehide moccasins, as he travels through the Great Lakes. Ron will also
host a Voyageur Rendezvous at McLain's State Park and offer symposium
participants the opportunity to paddle on the Portage Waterway in his
36-foot long voyageur canoe!
Symposium registration $100 per student and $125 pre teacher/chaperone.
Registration covers meals and lodging for the entire 3-day symposium, plus
all field trips and presentations. One teacher/chaperone per 10 students is
required. Registration is limited to the first 400 students to register.
Registration deadline is April 5, 2001.
This exciting symposium is being organized by the Center for Science and
Environmental Outreach at Michigan Technological University, the Copper
Country ISD Math and Science Center, and many other agencies and
organizations. Funding for the symposium comes from the Wege Foundation, the Elizabeth E. Kennedy Fund, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Copper Country ISD Math and Science Center, the Keweenaw Community Foundation, Mead Paper Division, and the Lake Superior Binational Forum. Copper Country AmeriCorps is a partner in conducting the symposium.

Symposium coordinator, Joan Chadde, explains the purpose of the symposium, "Our goal is to increase understanding of challenging environmental and scientific issues, enhance appreciation for the diverse natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Lake Superior region, and promote personal involvement in creating solutions. This will be an exciting learning opportunity for all!"
Visit the symposium website at:
for online registration and symposium program information, or contact Joan
Chadde, at the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan
Technological University by phone at 906/487-3341 or by email at

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