Initiative News & Calendar
April 14, 2017
MDE Top 10 in 10 Road Show set for May 2nd in Marquette
See attached flyer from the Michigan Department of Education, providing some of the details for the Departmentís Top 10 ... >>more
April 13, 2017
Come to the Lake Superior Celebration ~ 6-8 pm, Thursday, April 20 !!
Come to the Lake Superior Celebration ~ 6-8 pm, Thursday, April 20 at Michigan Techís Great Lakes Research Center The ... >>more
February 8, 2017
Hancock middle school students dig through 182 pounds of trash
Students got their hands dirty and a bit smelly for a reason. By Aleah Hordges Feb 07, 2017 HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC ... >>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! 

809 Hecla Street | Hancock, Michigan 49930 | 906.482.0331 |