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In an effort to promote and assist regional teachers the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior is hosting a week long Summer Institute this week for teachers participating in the Rivers2Lake program for this upcoming school year. Deanna Erickson is the education coordinator at Lake Superior NERR and developed the instructional program.
Rivers2Lake uses the Lake Superior watershed and the St. Louis River, its largest U.S. tributary, as a foundation for educator and student learning, increased Great Lakes literacy, and engagement. The program provides extended training, mentoring, and resources to teachers in order to support them in creating interdisciplinary inquiry-based and outdoor experiences for students. Rivers2Lake improves learning, enhances engagement and fosters a sense of place.
They cap the program with 12 teachers and have a waiting list for those that want to join in. Most are elementary and middle school instructors and will be returning to their respective classrooms in the fall.
The week long program started on Monday August 4 and will run through Friday August 8. Activities this week will include trips to the St. Louis River, Fond Du Lac Reservation, WLSSD, Great Lakes Aquarium, and Wisconsin Point. Some of the research topics presented include; water quality monitoring, outdoor education techniques, planning and safety, restoration of sturgeon and wild rice and natural resources and tribal sovereignty.
Program highlights for the rest of the week:
· Thursday, August 7: Lake Superior NERR office on Barkers Island at 9 a.m. and againat 12:30 p.m. and WLSSD tour 10 a.m. in Duluth. Canoe Paddle on Pokegama Bay at 1:45pm.
· Friday, August 8: Great Lakes Aquarium 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Trip to Wisconsin Point at 12:30 p.m. to study water quality monitoring, Sand Dunes and Wisconsin Point cultural history.
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