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Field trip grants make fourth grade so much better
Great Lakes Echo (2/11)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, in Mich., is one of 186 federal parks to receive a portion of the $1.1 million National Park Foundation grant to set up field trip programs.

State awards $3.6 million in grants to combat invasive species
WLUC-TV, Marquette, MI (2/11)
The Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development announced the award of 19 grant projects totaling $3.6 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

UT dedicates lab to analyze wide range of research jobs
The Toledo Blade (1/29)
A laboratory that opened in mid-2015 at Ohio's University of Toledo allows monitoring of water quality and detection of dangerous algal toxins in Lake Erie more accurately and faster.

TEACH Calendar of Events
What's going on in your neighborhood this month? Meet other people and learn together at recreational and educational events! Our new dynamic calendar is updated daily with current educational events.
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Alien Invaders: A zebra mussel issue investigationfree sample lesson
Grade level: 9-12Date:  1995Program cost:  $12.00
Description: An interdisciplinary case study focused on zebra mussels and designed to educate students about the potential dangers of invading exotic species and the importance of preserving native ecosystems.
 
Bell Live! The Great Lakes: A Superior Adventurefree sample lesson
Grade level: 4-8Date:  2000Program cost:  $30.00
Description: Bell Live is a virtual field trip to Lake Superior, accompanied by demonstrations and experiments. The curriculum is divided into four sections each providing a variety of activities and experiments related to that topic, and backed up by on-line information and activities.
 
Biological Control of Purple Loosestrifefree sample lesson
Grade level: 9-12Date:  2001Program cost:  $8.00
Description: This program gives students a practical application of invasive species management focusing on Purple Loosestrife. Students assess the plant diversity in an infested wetland, raise and apply beetles in a marsh as a control agent, and monitor the results.
 
Caring for Planet Earth: The Great Lakes (Volume 1)free sample lesson
Grade level: 3-12Date:  1997Program cost:  $0.00
Description: A game-based, interactive CD-ROM program takes learners on a journey of discovery through the Great Lakes. It is designed to strengthen decision-making and problem-solving skills as well as to promote an understanding of the Great Lakes.
 
Environmental Rediscoveries (Schoolship)free sample lesson
Grade level: 7Date:  2000Program cost:  $0.00
Description: Students have the opportunity to become "sailors and scientists" for a day, learning about the ecosystem of Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie. On board, students operate sampling equipment, and then return shoreside to analyze their samples.
 

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