Initiative News & Calendar
May 17, 2018
Green Film: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?
2018 Green Film Series presents: Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? (2017) Date &Time: 7:00-8:30 pm, Thursday ... >>more
May 11, 2018
LSSI looking for new funding to continue educating students
HOUGHTON Ten years after opening its doors, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) has reached about a third ... >>more
May 9, 2018
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 ... >>more


L'Anse Middle School Grade 6-8

Project Description

Native Plant Gardens
170 Students / 3 Teachers

Middle school students have a limited knowledge on non-native species and the impacts those species have on an ecosystem (both aquatic and terrestrial).  By planting native gardens around our school, students will be directly involved in learning about the role that every species has in our world.  This project will help train our students to become good stewards of the environment.  Our initial focus will be on our school yard and learning about the role of native species, and the likely negative role that non-native species, have on the food web. 

(lead teacher in bold)

  • Laura Augustine, 7 & 8 Language Arts
  • Jen Martin, Gr. 7 & 8 science, Gr. 6 study skills
  • Melissa Scroggs, principal
  • Denise Wilder, Gr. 6 science

Community Partners

  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Keweenaw Land Trust
  • Ottawa National Forest
  • Josh Davis, School of Forest Resources & Env. Sciences, Michigan Tech
Project Photos
The L'Anse 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have worked hard to prep the garden beds (there were weeds up to their waist in them) and our soil has just been delivered!  Last week the 6th graders went to Lightfoot Bay and met with the Keweenaw Land Trust to learn about native plants and different habitats.  We had a great time.  This week the 7th graders are going to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Greenhouse near Pequaming and participating in seed collection.  We've started making our list of native plants and students have been researching their optimal growing conditions. The 8th grade is looking forward to their visit to Michigan Tech in early October.

Below are some pictures of the students prepping the beds for the soil delivery and of the 6th grade field trip.  The students are very excited about their field trips and we're thankful to LSSI to have the funding to go on them! 

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