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


Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle & High School

In the News

Project Description
130 Students / 4 Teachers

Our River, Our Lake, Our Community

(lead teacher in bold)

  • Clint Heikkila, Physics & Chemistry
  • Jessica French, Enslish Gr. 9, 11, 12
  • Jennifer Saaranen, Social Studies & English
  • Nick Squires, Gr. 7, 8, 10 science teacher
  • Craig Sundblad, K-12 principal & superintendent

Community Partners

  • Halonen Landscaping
  • Village of Lake Linden/Village Council
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

Accomplishments 2011-13

  • The 10th grade Biology class annually conducts the Torch Lake superfund remediation monitoring at the Lake Linden Village Park; and the 11th grade Chemistry class conducted the soil analysis.
  • The 8th grade Earth Science class conducts stream monitoring of the Trap Rock River. These projects provided an opportunity for students to act as real scientists and gather and analyze data, as well as connect them to the local copper mining history and its affects on the local environment and Torch Lake/Lake Superior watershed that continue today.
  • The 8th grade students participated in a tour of the Trap Rock watershed that introduces them to local landowners and resource professionals, including John Rosemurgy, Keweenaw National Historical Park architect; Bruce Peterson, retired USDA Natural Resouce Conservation Service district conservationist; local dairy farmer, Bill Baccus; and the Copper Museum in Calumet.
  • The 10th grade Biology students went on the Agassiz research vessel in the Fall of 2013 with Dr. Noel Urban (MTU) to see how scientists assess the health of Torch Lake and assess the impact of stamp sands on the aquatic ecosystem of Torch Lake. Students also toured local past copper milling sites around Torch Lake and conducted a beach cleanup along Torch Lake at the Lake Linden Village Park.
  • During the 2012-2013 school year, the 8th grade class created 39 interpretative signs showing local bird species located both on the superfund site as well as at the Lake Linden school forest. These signs are displayed around the Lake Linden disc golf course and at the school forest for public enjoyment and education.
  • In 2013 & 2014, Biology students planted 150 red osier dogwood trees along the shoreline of Torch Lake on the Lake Linden superfund site. In addition, numerous bird houses and bat houses were purchased and placed on the Lake Linden superfund site in the Spring of 2014. The goal of both of these efforts is to increase the diversity of habitat available in order to increase the biodiversity of insects, birds, and mammals on the Torch Lake superfund site at the Lake Linden Village Park.
  • In Spring 2014, we purchased a classroom set of Nexus 7 tablets that will be used as mobile environmental monitoring devices to enhance our EPA and Trap Rock River monitoring projects in the following ways:
    • Record GPS location using one device
    • Allow data entry in the field
    • Able to use field ID applications
    • Will allow students to take photos and enhance their communication capabilities
    • Allow for instant communication between teachers and student groups who may be spread out over a large area.

Project Photos

The Lake Linden-Hubbell 10th grade students, and science teacher, Nick Squires, conducted their Torch Lake Remediation Monitoring at the Lake Linden Village Recreation Area on Sept. 19, 2014. They tried out their new Nexus 7 tablets purchased with their LSSI grant in Spring 2014.


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