Initiative News & Calendar
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


Baraga - Pelkie School
(Baraga Area School District)
15211 Pelkie Road
Pelkie, Michigan 49958
Phone: 906.353.7538

Baraga High School
210 Lyons St,
Baraga, MI 49908
Phone: 906.353.6661

Project Title
Exploring our School Forest

Project Description
165 Students / 5 Teachers, 1 Principal/SuperintendantPrincipal

Integrate the Baraga School Forest into the K-12 curricula

2 Kindergarten classes (40) - Teachers: Doreena Scharlow and Lisa Hardin
1 Chemistry (30), 1 AP Biology, 2 Biology classes (40) - Teacher: Ben Johnston
Art classes - Teacher: Bob Foster
Shop class - Teacher: John Filpus

(lead teacher in bold)

  • Dorrena Scharlow
  • Jennifer Lynn, Principal
  • Lisa Wilson
  • Ben Johnson
  • Bob Foster
  • John Filpus

Community Partners

  • KBIC Dept. of Natural Resources Keweenaw Bay Natural Resources Dept.
  • Plum Creek Timber

Fall 2012

  • Improve existing trails
  • Create school forest webpage
  • Create school forest bulletin board at Pelkie and Baraga High Schools
  • Begin collecting tree measurement and soil data to develop a school forest management plan
  • All K and biology students will visit school forest at least 2x
  • Photographs and articles written by students will be submitted to the local paper
  • Assemble Forestry Activity Kit containing tree cookies, field guides to trees, children's literature, magnifiers, etc.
  • Assemble Soil Activity Kit containing soil activity guides, supplies to do texture analysis and permeability tests, children's literature about soils

Winter 2012

  • Design and make signage for trails
  • Host program to educate community about forest history
  • Assemble Wildlife Activity Kit/Tote containing Wildlife field guides and children's literature, furs, rubber track molds, etc.
  • Assemble Water Activity Kit/Tote containing WET activity guide, water test kits, children's literature about water and the Great Lakes
  • Students will design posters about the school forest to put around the community.
  • Students will snowshoe at the school forest
  • Photographs and articles written by students will be submitted to the local paper.

Spring 2013

  • Students complete new trails
  • Plant native species
  • Hold school-family forest night
  • Photographs and articles written by students will be submitted to the local paper
  • HS Biology students will present their school forest management plan to the administration and school board

Project Photos

Teachers Lisa Wilson and Dorreena Scharlow plan the mural and curriculum.   Future Site of Great Lakes Mural in Lunchroom
Past Projects

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