Credit: 1.5 SCECHs ($10 for all sessions in the 2020-21 LSSI Learning Series)
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Session Description: Get some great ideas for how to integrate forestry into your curriculum or expand it. Created over the past 15 years in partnership with Calumet Township, Darrell Hendrickson, Washington Middle School science teacher, will describe how his students collect forest measurement data, soils data from each of their plots(soil texture, permeability, fertility) using soil sieves, the soil triangle, and then a comparison with USDA Soil Survey. Students prepare a forest management plan and present their recommendations to their school board.
Bill Perkis, long-time Gogebic Community College forestry instructor, will present the value of urban trees, conducting a forest health assessment using insects and lichens as indicators, and investigate the effects of prescribed burns v. wildfire.
Middle school science teacher, Darrell Hendrickson (retired), taught at Washington Middle School (WMS) in Calumet for the past 20 years. He served as school team leader with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative since its inception, from 2007-2020. He has incorporated place-based stewardship education into his science classes. As team leader for the WMS Lake Superior Stewardship team, he successfully created several cross curricular projects. He is currently serving as a LSSI advisory board member.
Bill Perkis is Director of the Forestry Technician Program at Gogebic Community College. He is a retired soil scientist, formerly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He currently teaches Tree Identification, Forest Ecology, Forest Health, Soils, Botany, Wildland Fire, and Geology. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University.
This is a joint project between the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative which is a collaboration of the Western UP MiSTEM Network, MTU’s Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and regional partners to connect schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its Watershed.
Funding provided by grants from:
MiSTEM Network Advisory Council, NOAA B-Wet, NASA/MSGC Virtual Field Explorations