A total of forty-five students in grades 8-11, along with teachers and chaperones, from eight UP schools will be attending the 13th biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium this week at University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The symposium draws students from the Lake Superior watershed, including MI, WI, MN, and Ontario.
Locally, students attending come from Lake Linden-Hubbell, Dollar Bay-TC, Houghton, Jeffers, and L’Anse Middle/High Schools, in addition to Marquette, Escanaba, Hannahville and Ewen-Trout Creek.
Students will explore the science, art, history, and unique features of Lake Superior through workshops, field trips, and guest presenters, in addition to meeting new friends and contemplating how they can steward this critical resource in their backyards.
To find out more about the 2019 Symposium, visit their website: https://scse.d.umn.edu/lsys-2019.
“Michigan Tech has hosted the symposium, held every two years, in 2001 and 2013,” explains Joan Chadde, director of the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. “I’ve attended 11 symposiums, so far! They are awesome!”
Many UP organizations, along with several Michigan Tech departments, have provided funds to cover the cost of the coach bus: Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK), UP Environmental Coalition (UPEC), MTU Great Lakes Research Center, MTU Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Copper Country Trout Unlimited.