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The Thunder Bay International Film Festival 1st Annual Student Film Competition The 2016 theme of the competition was #WaterIs, which aligned with the 2015 UN Water World Water Day's message. The Student Film Competition was designed to give students the opportunity to explain what important resources, like water, mean to them while more...

Thunder Bay International Film Festival 2nd Annual Student Film Competition The 2017 theme of the competition was #BiodiversityIs. The theme asked students to explain what Biodiversity means to them, how they perceive it, how it’s a part of their daily lives and so on.   All films were viewed by a panel of more...

  The 2018 theme of the competition was #SanctuariesAre. The theme asked students to explain what sanctuaries mean to them. All films were viewed by a panel of professionals including filmmakers, educators, Great Lakes conservationists, and maritime archaeologists.  Selected films were screened in the theater of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's visitor center (Alpena, more...

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The 2019 theme of the competition was #ExplorationIs. The theme asked students to explain what exploration means to them. All films were viewed by a panel of professionals including filmmakers, educators, Great Lakes conservationists, and maritime archaeologists.  Selected films were screened in the theater of Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI) as part of more...

 
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The 2020 Student Film competition theme was #GreatLakesAre. The theme asked students to explain what the Great Lakes mean to them. All films were viewed by a panel of professionals from the multimedia and filmmaking industry. Selected films were screened in the theater of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's visitor Center (Alpena, more...

 
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4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp: Heather Rawlings, Brandon Schroeder

Community Partners: Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

It was not the first time youth participating in the statewide 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp (GLNR) had discovered aquatic invasive species newly introduced to the local waters of Lake Esau, a small 275 acre inland lake in Presque Isle County located less than 500 yards from Albany Bay, more...

 
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4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp: Heather Rawlings, Brandon Schroeder

Community Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

  What do you get when you bring 70 Michigan youth together to learn about the Great Lakes and natural resource science topics such as fisheries, woods and wildlife, wetlands and watersheds? You get students who learn about Michigan’s natural resources through amazing hands-on experiences at 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources more...

 
Students pose next to one of their newly installed signs at Negwegon State Park
Students pose next to one of their newly installed signs at Negwegon State Park

Alcona FFA Chapter & Alcona Agriscience Program: Removed Account, Removed Account, Removed Account, Erich Carlson

Community Partners: Friends of Negwegon State Park, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Michigan Sea Grant, Sprinkler Lake Education Center, USDA Forest Service, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Alcona Community Schools

  Environmental science students from Alcona High School have been exploring many aspects of Negwegon State Park: shoreline, forest, and wetland habitats, wildlife interactions and archeological artifacts. They have been working together with resource professionals to learn about theses things, and will  create interpretive displays. They will be displayed at the park more...

 
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Bingham Arts Academy: Removed Account, Removed Account

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

As part of the NOAA B-WET grant for education of Thunder Bay River Watershed, Bingham students are joining many other students around the region in monitoring the health of the river. The students walk from their school building each spring and fall to Island Mill Park, and island on the Thunder more...

 
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Bingham Arts Academy: Removed Account, Removed Account

Community Partners: Specification Stone Products, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Bingham youth are exploring natural resources and environmental stewardship through the theme of community gardens and building a schoolyard natural area that serves as an outdoor classroom theme. Bingham students are working with school educators and community partners in creating a schoolyard rain garden with the goal of helping reduce water pollution in more...

 
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Alcona FFA Chapter & Alcona Agriscience Program: Removed Account, Removed Account, Removed Account, Erich Carlson

Community Partners: Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments, Alcona Community Schools, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Alcona High School Environmental Science students are partnering with the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) and others in monitoring and developing a watershed management plan for their local Black River Watershed.  Starting in 2010, and continuing during the current school year Alcona students have been sampling various sites on throughout the watershed.  Through their water quality monitoring efforts, more...

 
Students place large woody debris structures to restore this river.
Students place large woody debris structures to restore this river.

Gaylord High School: Melissa Porta, Eric Poynter

Community Partners: Huron Pines, Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Otsego Conservation District, Otsego Lake Association, Trout Unlimited

Students participating in this course will travel throughout Otsego County to learn about limnology. They will collect water quality data, perform macro-invertebrate population census surveys, as well as learning about a number of other Limnology-related topics. For example, in this photo students are building large woody debris structures as a river more...

 
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Inland Lakes Elementary and High School: Rebecca Heckman

Community Partners: Otsego Conservation District, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Trout Unlimited, Inland Lakes Elementary School, Inland Lakes High School

5th-6th grade students at Inland Lakes Elementary have learned about some native plant species for Michigan.  They then designed a flower garden to plant at a local habitat for humanity home.  They will be involved in the planting of this garden at a home in Northern Michigan.  In addition, 7th graders more...

 
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Inland Lakes Elementary and High School: Rebecca Heckman

Elementary students have identified a need at the school nature trail, for it to be a certified habitat for animals.  They have 3 main projects they want to focus on; creating a pond, making a butterfly garden with native species, and informational signs.

 
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Community Partners: Alpena River Center, Alpena Small Boat Harbor, Michigan DNR - Fisheries Division, Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Friends of Negwegon State Park, Friends of Rockport/ Besser Natural Area, Friends of Thompson's Harbor State Park, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Presque Isle County Drain Commissioner, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Through NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the Great Lakes B-WET program offers competitive grants to support existing environmental education programs that focus on the K-12 audience, fosters the growth of new watershed education programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among environmental education programs across the Great Lakes watershed. Projects more...

 
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Our Fisheries, Our Future was an 18-month effort (2018-2019) funded by NOAA B-WET that applied place-based stewardship education (PBSE) practices to engage teachers, students and their communities in meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs). Connecting NOAA Great Lakes Literacy principles, our valued fisheries, and feet-wet watershed experiences this project engaged ten school project more...

 
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Student displays their poster.

Sprinkler Lake Education Center: Susan Barwick, Tracy D'Augustino, Mike Stoll

Community Partners: Friends of Sprinkler Lake, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service

Students from Sanborn Elementary and Alcona Elementary are learning about environmental issues from experts while visiting Sprinkler Lake Education Center. The students then used their new knowledge to create posters explaining the environmental issues and how we can help protect, preserve, and conserve our natural resources. The posters will be displayed more...

 
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Wilson Elementary School: Jean Kowalski

Building up from their existing native plants butterfly garden, Wilson Elementary has constructed an outdoor classroom pavillion where students learn subjects outdoors. Students in the school were involved in the planning and construction of the structure, making the project their own. Once installed, the students will continue to expand with additional more...

 
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The Thunder Bay International Film Festival (TBIFF) is an annual celebration of ocean- and Great Lakes-inspired films.    As part of Thunder Bay International Film Festival, the NEMIGLSI network and partners host a Student Film Competition. Students (8-12 grade) are eligible to enter individually or as a team, and there is NO entry fee for the more...

 
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4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp: Heather Rawlings, Brandon Schroeder

Toting Global Positioning System (GPS) units, datasheets on clipboards, and an enthusiasm for Great Lakes science, youth participating in the 2014 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources (GLNR) Camp were on the hunt for aquatic invasive plants this summer. Getting their feet wet exploring Lake Huron’s coastal wetlands, they gained first-hand career experience with more...

 
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Community Partners: MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Student Stewards is a 4-H Club in Alcona County that is designing and building underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to educate its members and the local community on S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) related projects.   Members hosted a community wide event to help educate youth and community members on ROVs, more...

 
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The Otsego Conservation District took over 370 students out to the Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve to explore natural resource topics! Students were transported by tractor pulled wagons to each station, where presenters talked about a range of topics from modern agriculture techniques, chemical tests to determine water quality, soil erosion, more...

 
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Alcona Community Garden: Valorie Haneckow

Community Partners: Alcona Health Center, Alcona County Master Gardeners, Alcona FFA Chapter, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Alcona Community Schools

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead This is exactly what lead teacher Valorie Haneckow is achieving along with the help of local groups and organizations; including the Alcona 4-H Club more...

 
Each year students host over 600 community members at their annual Maple Syrup Celebration Day.
Each year students host over 600 community members at their annual Maple Syrup Celebration Day.

Alcona FFA Chapter & Alcona Agriscience Program: Removed Account, Removed Account, Removed Account, Erich Carlson

The Alcona FFA Sugar Shack Project got its start in March of 2005 when students in the Alcona High School Agriscience classes collected a small amount of sap and boiled it down to produce twelve gallons of maple syrup. That sparked interest in the process and construction of the current Sugar more...

 
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All Saints Catholic School: Helen-Ann Cordes

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, All Saints Catholic School, Besser Elementary School (Alpena Public Schools), Ella White Elementary (Alpena Public Schools), Lincoln Elementary School, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

All Saints 7th and 8th graders are developing a culture of conservation in their school.  Centered around consumption of plastic and its potential impact on our Great Lakes as marine debris, these students studied single-use plastics in the cafeteria and challenged fellow students to reduce their use of single-use plastics after more...

 
Students learn about Macro-Invertebrates
Students learn about Macro-Invertebrates

Alpena High School: Melissa Doubek, Pete Doubek

Community Partners: Alpena River Center, Huron Pines, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Building Express, Inc.

In this project, AP Biology students from Alpena High School  conduct water quality monitoring within the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary on the Thunder Bay River and monitor the condition of the water flowing directly into Lake Huron. They also spend some of their time learning about invasive species and conducting the removal more...

 
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Alpena High School Shipwreck Alley: John Caplis, Daniel Moffatt, Brandon Schroeder, Sarah Waters, Christine Witulski

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Michigan Sea Grant, Alpena High School (Alpena Public Schools)

This project will provide students an opportunity to make a worthwhile contribution to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. They will not only learn many of the same methods employed by sanctuary archaeologists and historians, but they will apply this learning to produce an exhibit that will be displayed and shared more...

 
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Students showcasing the custom signs they designed

Alpena Schools Fossil Project: Nancy Abram, Removed Account, Jenny Poli, Kellie Poli

Community Partners: Lafarge, Alpena Community College, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Michigan Sea Grant, Specification Stone Products

Students from Alpena High School and Lincoln Elementary are helping in the development of a hands on geology exhibit at the Besser Museum. The exhibit includes a fossil dig area with identification keys and maps of other local geological sites. The students learn about the geology of the Alpena area and more...

 
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Atlanta Community Schools: Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

As part of the Thunder Bay River Watershed Project, Atlanta Community Schools have joined numerous schools within the watershed in monitoring the quality of their river. Students head to five sites along the river twice a year and collect data by performing chemical, biological, and physical tests. At each site, students collect more...

 
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Au Gres-Sims Schools: Removed Account, Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant

All in! For three days in the fall and three more in the spring, students at Au Gres-Sims Elementary are investing valuable time in the field to monitor the health of the East Branch of the Au Gres River. Beginning near the headwaters at Vaughn Creek [Iosco County], the students experienced more...

 
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Onaway Area High School: Removed Account, Scott Steensma

Community Partners: Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Onaway Area High School, Little Traverse Conservancy, Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society

Huron Pines, Little Traverse Conservancy, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Sturgeon Pigeon Area Watershed Network, and the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative have teamed up with Onaway Area Community Schools to offer High School students the opportunity to be stewards and get involved with an important project in their more...

 
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Besser Elementary: Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Alpena River Center, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant

Student from Mrs. Rea's and Mrs. Becker's class have connected to a local park not far from their school building. Twice a year, and once on Arbor Day, these students walk to Duck Park/Island Park to learn from local agencies like NOAA TBNMS, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Alpena more...

 
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Our on site recycling bin has arrived!

Cheboygan Middle School: Removed Account, Patricia Dobias

Community Partners: MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Straits Area Audubon Society

Our student-driven project consists of 3 parts. The first part will launch the creation and implementation of our school garden, consisting of native plant species, supporting a developed farm-to- school project. The second part will realize alternative energy education and application in our school. The third part will begin a formal more...

 
5th grade students take care of their classroom Sturgeon, Mr. Mustache.
5th grade students take care of their classroom Sturgeon, Mr. Mustache.

Cheboygan Middle School: Removed Account, Patricia Dobias

Community Partners: Sturgeon for Tomorrow

Cheboygan Middle School students are raising Lake Sturgeon in their classroom! Sturgeon in the Classroom is an educational fish tank set up in classrooms to encourage children to appreciate and take care of our natural resources. Cheboygan Middle Schoolers are caring for sturgeon in their classroom as an opportunity to learn more...

 
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Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools: Removed Account

Community Partners: Otsego Conservation District

Students in Environmental Science and AP Biology are getting their feet wet in the school forest's bog. When the weather permits, these high school students are installing a boardwalk along an old railroad grade trail that will eventually lead to an outdoor learning platform. The platform will be the site of more...

 
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Ella White Elementary: Daniel Moffatt, Robert Thomson

Community Partners: Alpena River Center, Michigan DNR - Fisheries Division, Michigan DNR - Wildlife & Habitat, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hubbard Lake Sportsman & Improvement Association, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Sturgeon for Tomorrow

In addition to studying the impact of invasive species on the local ecosystem, Ella White 5th grade students also investigate and enhance native species in Northeast Michigan.                              Through the Native Species project, students are raising 650 native lake trout eggs in their classroom, connected with a Lake Huron reef habitat restoration project.  With more...

 
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Ella White Elementary: Daniel Moffatt, Robert Thomson

Community Partners: Home Depot, Alpena Child Advocacy Center, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Alpena- Students at Ella White Elementary, with the help of community partners Alpena Child Advocacy Center, Home Depot and Nemi Glsi, are working to spruce up their nature area. The goal is to develop the Nature Area into a location where students and community can visit and enjoy, and learn important more...

 
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4-H Student Stewards: Tracy D'Augustino, Les Thomas

Student citizen scientists from Alcona County are getting their feet wet exploring, identifying, and mapping potential habitats for endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly out at DNR Negwegon State Park.  They are also marking infestations of invasive plants threatening these habitats and Lake Huron biodiversity. These students from Alcona 4-H Student Stewards club more...

 
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Hinks Elementary: Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Lafarge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant, Friends of the Lake Huron Watershed

3rd graders from Hinks Elementary become explorers and fishermen on their visits to Paxton Quarry, hosted by LaFarge, the Friends of the Lake Huron Watershed and US Fish & Wildlife Service. Moving through stations like fishing, casting, invertebrates and a nature hike, these students get to experience an incredibly unique area more...

 
Justin Burchett, Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member serving at the Otsego Conservation District, taught South Maple Elementary students about Frogs!
Justin Burchett, Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member serving at the Otsego Conservation District, taught South Maple Elementary students about Frogs!

Community Partners: Otsego Conservation District

Over 100 first grade students at South Maple Elementary School became frog experts at Frog Day! As students rotated through different stations every fifteen minutes, they created crafts, got to actually see a frog and learned much about their amphibious friends. Justin Burchett, Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member serving as the Otsego Conservation more...

 
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Gaylord High School: Melissa Porta, Eric Poynter

Community Partners: Otsego Conservation District, Gaylord High School

Students in Mr. Nate Dionne’s class got a chance to learn from forester of over 30 years, Lynnwood Stephens, about the importance of proper forest management.  After a classroom presentation, students followed Mr. Stephens out into Gaylord Community School’s owned Five Lakes Natural Area where they took measured the density of more...

 

Onaway Area High School: Removed Account, Scott Steensma

Onaway High School Environmental Service Learning students are creating a freshwater Great Lakes aquarium as an educational opportunity for students and visitors to the schoo.

Community Partners: Lafarge, Michigan DNR - Fisheries Division, Michigan DNR - Wildlife & Habitat, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Alcona Community Schools, Au Gres-Sims School, Ella White Elementary (Alpena Public Schools), Onaway Area High School, Rogers City Middle School, Cheboygan Area Schools, Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association, Project F.I.S.H., Inland Lakes Elementary School

Across northeast Michigan, students are raising different fish species in the classroom. Through these projects, they connect with area scientists to help with restoration and stocking projects, and they learn about the needs and characteristics of the fish.  They also increase community awareness about our fisheries by developing promotional materials about more...

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Hillman Community Schools: Daniel Moffatt

These fifth grade students from Mrs. Meyer's and Mrs. Vogt's class learn about watershed science as they perform these tests on a bi-annual basis, submitting their collected data to the Thunder Bay River Watershed Project. Students are also making a valuable contribution to community and environmental education by monitoring macroinvertebrate collections, more...

 
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Alcona High School - BWET Hubbard Lake: Removed Account, Daniel Moffatt, Jon Webb

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Alcona Community Schools, Sprinkler Lake Education Center

Students recently completed water quality testing training in Alpena at the NOAA center learning chemical and macro-invertebrate testing methods. They also boarded the glass-bottom boat, Lady Michigan, and explored Thunder Bay discussing fisheries, aquatic invasive species, and open water testing equipment. The students finished the trip with an introduction to the more...

 
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Gaylord High School: Melissa Porta, Eric Poynter

Community Partners: Otsego Conservation District

Students in Mr. Nate Dionne’s class got a chance to learn from 2013 Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member, Otsego Conservation District Education Coordinator, and hydroponics enthusiast, Justin Burchett, about the basics of hydroponic agriculture.  They also learned how hydroponic agriculture has several benefits over traditional agriculture, especially when it comes to decreases more...

 
Alcona woodworking students using their CNC machine to make a custom sign.
Alcona woodworking students using their CNC machine to make a custom sign.

Community Partners: Sunrise Tool Products, Alcona Tool & Machine, Inc., Hillman Extrusion Tool, Inc., Huron Tool Products, Northern Precision, Weiser Metal Products, First Federal of Northern Michigan, Alcona Community Schools

The Alcona industrial arts program is getting students involved in hands-on learning through placed based education in their local community! Woodshop students are visiting local industrial shops to learn more about the function and role they play in their local community and the industry as a whole. These visits allow students more...

 
AHS industrial arts students designed and fabricated two custom steel gates to protect the hibernaculum at Rockport.
AHS industrial arts students designed and fabricated two custom steel gates to protect the hibernaculum at Rockport.

Alpena High School Industrial Arts: Removed Account

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Alpena High School (Alpena Public Schools), Organization for Bat Conservation, Friends of Rockport/ Besser Natural Area, Michigan DNR - Wildlife & Habitat, L&S Transit Mix Concrete, Thunder Bay Concrete Products

Alpena Wildcats are joining the effort to help protect and enhance eco-tourism in Alpena! Woodshop and welding students are partnering with numerous organizations to promote conservation and wildlife habitat restoration by helping to protect two local winter hibernacula for bats at Rockport State Recreation Area. Alpena High School industrial arts teachers Ron more...

 
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Students involved in Inland Lakes GLSI project

Inland Lakes Elementary and High School: Rebecca Heckman

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Wilson's River Edge, Huron Pines, Trout Unlimited, Inland Lakes Elementary School, Inland Lakes High School

Students from Inland Lakes Secondary School are monitoring the water quality of the Sturgeon River. This includes conducting both aquatic macro-invertebrate studies and chemical water quality tests. They then use this information to understand the impacts their community is having on the river. This allows for discussions and learning about what changes more...

 
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Inland Lakes Elementary and High School: Rebecca Heckman

See the Petoskey News article linked to this page to read more about the school's certification! in 2015 we are aspiring for the next status level.  Students throughout the school are working on projects that are related to the environment and sustainability.  We are uniting the projects through the Green School initiative more...

 
Inland Lakes woodworking students are working to enhance the aesthetic beauty of their local community by rebuilding benches throughout down town.
Inland Lakes woodworking students are working to enhance the aesthetic beauty of their local community by rebuilding benches throughout down town.

Inland Lakes Elementary and High School: Rebecca Heckman

Community Partners: Tuscarora Township - Parks and Recreation Department, Tuscarora Township Beautification Committee

Inland Lakes students are stepping up and taking action to enhance their local community! Woodworking students are working with the local community to rebuild benches throughout Inland Lakes. This project illustrates the many benefits of industrial arts; including teaching students to become self-reliant, understand math and science skills in real life more...

 
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Wolverine Elementary School: Removed Account, Emily Vogelgesang

Community Partners: MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

The project will include working with teachers, community partners, youth, and volunteers from the Wolverine School and community to develop and document a list of recommended resources and curriculum for gardening/horticulture/health and nutrition Lesson plans that feature using healthy food sources, and are based on experiential, inquiry based learning. The proposed project more...

 
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Lincoln Elementary - BWET: Removed Account, Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant

Students recently completed water quality testing training in Alpena at the NOAA center learning chemical and macro-invertebrate testing methods. They also boarded the glass-bottom boat, Lady Michigan, and explored Thunder Bay discussing fisheries, aquatic invasive species, and open water testing equipment. The students finished the trip with an introduction to the more...

 
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Alpena High School Chemistry: Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan Sea Grant, Alpena High School (Alpena Public Schools)

Intro to Chemistry students at Alpena High School have a unique assignment. Join with community agencies and partners to get onto Thunder Bay, Lake Huron and collect samples of lake water. Then take it back to the class, analyze the collection and send it off to a university professor who is more...

 
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Alcona Community Garden: Valorie Haneckow

Butterflies, butterflies, everywhere.  Even the youngest Tigers of Alcona Elementary School can contribute to environmental stewardship.  Raising, tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies these first grade students contributed to an international citizen science effort through the Monarch Watch program. Exploring milk-weed habitats for monarch caterpillar's offered a fun and hands-on experience for students this fall, and more...

 
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Earth Day Activists: Removed Account, Meaghan Gass

Community Partners: Ella White Elementary (Alpena Public Schools), Onaway Area High School, Sanborn Elementary School (Alpena Public Schools), Besser Elementary School (Alpena Public Schools), Wilson Elementary School, All Saints Catholic School, Lincoln Elementary School, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

In honor of Earth Day, Northeast Michigan youth participate in the Northeast Michigan Earth Day Bag Project.  This project allows students to learn more and raise awareness about the dangers of single-use plastics, like plastic bags, for our Great Lakes and ocean. This project idea originated from the Earth Day Groceries more...

 
Onaway students working in their green house
Onaway students working in their green house

Onaway Area High School: Removed Account, Scott Steensma

Community Partners: Stepping Stones Garden Club, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

Students participating in this program are involved in numerous "green" projects across the school. They have developed a greenhouse that they helped both design and construct. The space will be used to cultivate native plants, and students will learn about the plants and gardening along the way. In addition, the students more...

 
Helping Hands! 7th Grade Students at Oscoda Schools volunteered at AuSable Shoreline Park in Oscoda, MI to conduct an Adopt-a-Beach Clean-up (Sept 2013)
Helping Hands! 7th Grade Students at Oscoda Schools volunteered at AuSable Shoreline Park in Oscoda, MI to conduct an Adopt-a-Beach Clean-up (Sept 2013)

Oscoda Area Schools: Michael Berenkowski, Helen-Ann Cordes, Matt Hinckley, Timothy Lee, Matthew McDougall, Jamie Merdzinski

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce, Pine River Van Etten Lake (PRVEL) Watershed Coalition

Oscoda Middle School students are taking action by getting involved in their local watershed through the NOAA B-Wet grant for watershed education. Throughout the school year, students participate in various watershed-related projects and activities  including: water sampling on Van Etten Lake and the Pine River; conducting water quality evaluation at sampling more...

 
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Community Partners: USDA Forest Service, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Oscoda Area Schools middle and high school students are working to combat garlic mustard, an invasive herb that is spread throughout much of the United States. This invader thrives in the northeast and midwest which makes northern Michigan the perfect habitat for this forest dweller. Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is usually found more...

 
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ACES Academy: Removed Account, Daniel Moffatt

Environmental Science students are involved in the monitoring of Oxbow Creek, a tributary of the Thunder Bay River near the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary and ACES Academy. These enthusiastic students are putting the efforts at testing the water quality of their school's creek, understanding that its health affects the quality of the larger more...

 
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Plastics F.L.O.A.T 4-H Club Leaders: Stephanie Gandulla, Meaghan Gass

In response to the use of throwaway plastic products that escape into our waterways, like our ocean and Great Lakes, the Plastics F.L.O.A.T 4-H Club helps to educate our community about this issue while also raising awareness about we can do to better protect our ocean and Great Lakes. 

 
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Richardson Elementary Middle School (Oscoda Area Schools): Removed Account, Beth Fredenburg, Jamie Merdzinski, Jane Negro

Community Partners: Enchanted Blooms, Home Depot, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

The Owl Green Team is a school garden club. This student led garden functions in many ways. Students plant and maintain a perennial flower and grass garden. Students learn the native and foreign species of plants and animals that visit the garden. Students grow seedlings in the school greenhouse in the more...

 
Students search for Macro-Invertebrates in their sample.
Students search for Macro-Invertebrates in their sample.

Rogers City Area Schools: Removed Account, Removed Account, Holly Wirgau

Community Partners: Presque Isle County Drain Commissioner, Presque Isle Conservation District, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

Rogers City Middle School students are monitoring the water quality on the Trout River, and passing the data along to their community partners. As water quality data has never before been recorded for the Trout River, these students are providing incredibly useful imformation to the community. The students use the data more...

 
Blue Bird House
Blue Bird House
Courtesy of North American Bluebird Society

Rogers City Area Schools: Removed Account, Removed Account, Holly Wirgau

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Rogers City High School

Rogers City students are working to enhance the habitat of Michigan’s areal migrants at Thompson’s Harbor State Park. Woodworking students partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative network. Students designed and built blue bird houses to place at Thompson’s Harbor State Park. These more...

 
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Community Partners: Alpena Small Boat Harbor, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan DNR - Fisheries Division, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Hubbard Lake Sportsman & Improvement Association

Students involved in this project are monitoring the water quality of the Thunder Bay River Watershed. The students have also built underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) for the purpose of conducting research of zebra and quagga mussel populations at shipwreck sites in Lake Huron.    New to their list of invasive species studies more...

 
Sand dunes in MI are a unique feature that provides diversity of environmental elements; including wildlife, topographic relief, vegetation, habitats and climatic conditions.
Sand dunes in MI are a unique feature that provides diversity of environmental elements; including wildlife, topographic relief, vegetation, habitats and climatic conditions.
May 2013 Field Trip

Rogers City Area Schools: Removed Account, Removed Account, Holly Wirgau

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant, Rogers City High School, Rogers City Middle School, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Presque Isle Conservation District, Friends of Thompson's Harbor State Park

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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Earth Day Celebration
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Earth Day Celebration

Alcona Community Schools: Removed Account

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation, Friends of Negwegon State Park, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, Alcona Community Schools, Alcona County Review, USDA Forest Service

Alcona Tigers are joining the effort to protect threatened and endangered species in northeast Michigan! Each student selects a threatened, endangered or species of special concern that can be found at Negwegon State Park. Upon researching and becoming experts on their chosen species, students will prepare a research paper and give more...

 
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Thunder Bay Junior High: Cheryl Mack, Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Alpena High School (Alpena Public Schools), Thunder Bay Junior High School (Alpena Public Schools), A Step Above Tree Service, DPI - Alpena Hardboard, Building Express, Inc.

The Outdoor Education Site has four main objectives: EDUCATION- This objective reaches beyond student education at the Jr. and Sr. High, inviting the community to join in and learn. Partners like Huron Pines, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NEMI GLSI, Thunder Bay Tree Service, and A Step Above Tree Service lend more...

 
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Thunder Bay Junior High: Cheryl Mack, Daniel Moffatt

Community Partners: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Michigan Sea Grant, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Adopt-a-Beach™ is the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ premier volunteer program, with some 10,000 annual participants ranging from individuals and families to schools and businesses. Information collected by the teams is entered into the Adopt-a-Beach™ online system and is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve more...

 
A hands-on citizen science and career experience for Alcona County youth working alongside Michigan Natural Features Inventory scientists in the hunt for invasive species while mapping potential habitat for the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly.
A hands-on citizen science and career experience for Alcona County youth working alongside Michigan Natural Features Inventory scientists in the hunt for invasive species while mapping potential habitat for the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly.

Through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NE MI GLSI) network and partnership students are empowered to lead environmental stewardship projects in (and with) their communities.  These projects are supported by communities and educators who are adopting place based stewardship education (PBSE) strategies.  E-STEM learning is at the heart of more...

 
Spotted Salamander
Spotted Salamander

Michigan Youth Vernal Pool Trackers: Julie Crick, Tracy D'Augustino, Meaghan Gass, Daria Hyde, Jeff Kalember, Yu Man Lee, Scott Steensma, Tracy Stoldt

Community Partners: Gaylord High School, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines, Huron Pines AmeriCorps, Little Traverse Conservancy, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Across Northern Michigan, students are monitoring vernal pools to help the Michigan Natural Features Inventory better understand the status of these seasonal wetlands.  Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands which provide a unique home to both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife throughout the wet and dry periods.  With this monitoring project, students visit a more...

 
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Wilson Community School- 4th Grade Historians: Jonathan Bradley, Meaghan Gass, Heather Rawlings, Christine Witulski

Community Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, Wilson Elementary School

Working with the Besser Museum, 4th graders are investigating the history of the Alpena Flyer, a car manufactured in Alpena during the early 1900s.  There is only one model of the Alpena Flyer still in existence, and it is located at the Besser Museum.      To benefit the museum, students are researching more...

 
Proposed Projects
A4GL Adopt-a-Beach

Download FREE Lesson Plans here!   Dear Friend, We know that, as an educator, you are busy wrapping up the school year. That's why the Alliance wants to help you get a head start on the 2018-2019 school year with an excellent service learning and field trip opportunity to enrich your students' understanding of the more...

 

High School students are interested in creating a fitness trail on the Alcona campus which would utilize a wooded area and land around the school. The trail would include fitness stations with instructions and maps locating the variety of workouts and options for use. Run, jog, or walk and burn some more...

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Community Partners: Michigan Sea Grant

The Michigan Clean Marina Program aims to promote environmentally sound marina and boating practices to reduce pollution, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and protect Great Lakes water quality.   Marinas participating in the program voluntarily pledge to maintain and improve Michigan’s waterways by reducing or eliminating releases of harmful substances and phasing out more...

 
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BaySail aims to foster environmental stewardship through hands-on exploration of watershed phenomena aboard a tall ship or in the classroom. Use their tall ships to expand the scope of your classroom's learning and enhance your PBSE project!

 
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Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Wildlife & Habitat, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, Huron Pines

Students will also learn how this unique natural resource affects their community, local economy and other social implications. The Kirtland’s warbler is a conservation success story right here in northern Michigan. A migratory songbird, the Kirtland’s warbler will only nest in large stands of young jack pine, mostly in a few counties more...

 

Community Partners: Hubbard Lake Sportsman & Improvement Association, MSU Extension, 4-H Youth Development Program

Since 1999, the Hubbard Lake Sportsman and Improvement Assoc. has put 800+ fish shelters in Hubbard Lake. We are investigating the condition and design of these structures to see if changes are needed. We are also researching how they are performing as structure for all aquatic organisms, especially fish. Invasive species more...

Japanese Knotweed
Jan Samanek

Community Partners: Huron Pines

Numerous invasive plant species are causing significant harm to Northeast Michigan natural communities. Huron Pines is coordinating an Invasive Species Removal Program focusing on phragmites, Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard. Huron Pines also coordinates removal efforts of purple loosestrife, buckthorn, autumn olive, wild parsnip and spotted knapweed. Because many of these more...

 
Lesson Plan Menu

Teachers! Here is a great way to get your classes involved with a regional initiative for environmental and Great Lakes stewardship with strong support from a resource-rich network in northeast Michigan. See below for details and who to contact if you want your class to experience a hands-on project that benefits more...

 
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lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower
David G. Smith

Community Partners: Friends of Negwegon State Park, Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation

The Friends of Negwegon State Park would like to utilize teachers, students and school greenhouses for seed collection, seed propagation and installation of native plants. These same individuals could also help with developing the signage that would be found on the trails and with creating an inventory of the species that more...

 
Pitcher's Thistle at Thompson's Harbor State Park
One of fewer than 20 individual plants at Thompson's Harbor
Brandon Schroeder

Community Partners: Michigan DNR - Parks and Recreation

Thompson's Harbor provides habitat for a variety of federally listed Threatened Plants including the Pitcher's Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri), the Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris) and Houghton's Goldenrod (Solidago houghtonii).  NEMI GLSI invites interested schools and community partners to contact us to discuss the development of a monitoring and conservation project for more...

 
Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary
Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary

Community Partners: Alpena River Center, Michigan DNR - Fisheries Division, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Sea Grant

This project will explore the nutrient inflows and outflows of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, and culminate in on-the-ground management activities that seek to reverse the eutrophication of this critical natural and cultural resource. The 500-acre Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary is plagued by invasive aquatic plants, principally Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).  Additionally, several more...

 

What is needed from B-WET educators and students? Groups of students will wade or use boats to float sections of the watershed included in North American Hydro Project Waters (6 sites) to identify streambanks that are eroded. Some sites have been previously identified and should be checked again. One adult or high more...

Garrett Noyes, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps participant, evaluates a compromised road-stream crossing on the Thunder Bay River
Garrett Noyes, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps participant, evaluates a compromised road-stream crossing on the Thunder Bay River

Community Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Huron Pines

Where rivers cross underneath roads and bridges, there is a potential for runoff to carry substances like sand and other water contaminants from the road surface into nearby rivers and streams. If proper sediment reduction practices are not implemented, these contaminants can lead to stream bank erosion, reduced spawning habitat for more...

 
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"Entering the Thunder Bay River Watershed.” Those are the words that many travelers will be reading from their vehicles while driving main roads that intersect the watershed’s boundaries. A few years ago the Thunder Bay River Watershed Council decided to purchase the signs and took the initiative to map out road more...

 
 
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