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November 17, 2017
Houghton Middle School wins Lexus Eco Challenge again
HOUGHTON HOUGHTON For the third time, Houghton Middle School students have won the Lexus Eco Challenge in the Land a ... >>more
November 16, 2017
Local educators present at Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative's Place Based Education Conference
The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) Place Based Education Conference took place at Eastern Michigan Universi ... >>more
October 26, 2017
Students spend day learning at Lake Superior Water Festival
HOUGHTON High school students from five Upper Peninsula counties learned more about the Great Lakes and the research b ... >>more


What is the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) is part of a statewide Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) launched by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust with financial support from the Wege Foundation and several community foundations. The goal of the GLSI is to increase understanding and active stewardship of the Great Lakes by K-12 teachers and students working in partnership with local units of government and community organizations. The LSSI seeks to prepare K-12 students to become knowledgeable citizens engaged in activities that enhance their school, community, and the Lake Superior watershed. The Initiative incorporates three strategies:

(1) Implementing 'place-based curricula' in the classroom that engages students in learning about their community, cultural heritage, local watershed, and the Great Lakes;

(2) Providing teacher-training and student programs that increase content knowledge about the Great Lakes and opportunities for students to visit and learn about Lake Superior, tributary streams, wetlands, forests, and other outdoor environments near their schools;

(3) Developing school-community partnerships with local units of government and community organizations to address local needs by working together on local stewardship projects.

Desired Outcomes

(1) Students will have the knowledge to make informed decisions and become actively involved in their communities.

(2) Teachers will integrate local Great Lakes topics  into their curriculum.

(3) School-community partnerships will engage students  in stewardship projects that are responsive to the needs of local communities.

(4) Placed-based education will become an integral  and permanent part of the work of partner schools.

(5) Communities in the Lake Superior watershed will be  improved through collaborative efforts of schools and their community partners.

(6) Students and teachers will be recognized as valued, contributing citizens and will act in that capacity, building stronger schools and communities.

For more information please visit the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative website,, or view:

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