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Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Celebrates 10 Years

A Keweenaw Peninsula environmental outreach program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week.
K-12 students are invited to attend and take part in several hands on activities on the campus of Michigan Tech.

Founded in 2008, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative works with K-12 students in area schools to engage young people to take an interest and care for the Great Lakes.

“A lot of projects have been created in schools and communities across the Western UP as a result of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative,” said, Joan Chadde, MTU Director of the Center of Science and Environmental Outreach.

From planting trees and gardens, to monitoring groundwater and researching wildlife, teachers and students in area K-12 schools are encouraged to take part and help sustain our natural resources and the Great Lakes.

Chadde said, “Local classes, along with community partners, have developed everything from rain gardens to reducing invasive species, to growing gardens. Some have done trail construction and installed interpretive signs.”

The anniversary celebration event will be held this Thursday at the Great Lakes Research Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm where students will learn about “No trace outdoor recreation”--- leaving only footprints when visiting the outdoors. They will also create eco-friendly packaging and plant garden seeds to take home.

Highlights include live music, displays and presentations, along with an anniversary cake and refreshments.

The event is free and everyone is invited.