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Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative Kicks Off 3rd year

Developing Middle & High School Students to Become Urban Forest Stewards

ALL Gr. 5-12 Teachers in Detroit Schools Are Invited to Participate

Join a year-long (Oct. 2011-June 2012) Forestry Education Initiative focused on enhancing students’ knowledge of Michigan forests and developing a sense of forest stewardship among urban students in Detroit. 
Limited to 20 Middle or High School Teachers in Detroit schools.

TO APPLY:  complete attached application form.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1st, 2011.
Priority given to new participants and teams of 2 teachers from same school. Selected on first-come basis.

How Teacher Participants Will Benefit:
1. Opportunity to attend 3 forestry education Saturday workshops and a summer forestry institute on Belle Isle which will connect to Michigan GLCEs for Grades 5-12 for science, math and social studies.
2. Opportunity to earn 5 graduate credits from Michigan Technological University at no additional cost  (supported by MTU departmental stipend).
3. Receive classroom resources–at least 3 activity guides.
4. Receive funding for classroom/field supplies, creation of native garden at school, and travel stipend for 3 field trips to Belle Isle.
5. FREE one-year membership to Michigan Alliance for Environmental &  Outdoor Education (MAEOE).

 Program Requirements of Teacher Participants:
·  Attend 3 six-hour workshops (on Saturdays) during 2011-12 school year  (Oct. 22, Dec. 3, March 17).
·  Attend 5-day summer institute June 18- 22, 2012 on Belle Isle.
·  Pay $50 program participation fee, if accepted.
·  Take students on 3 field trips to Belle Isle to plan & implement a forest stewardship project
·  Help plan and conduct one family/community event on Belle Isle.
·  Plan and create a garden with native plants at your school (supplies & training provided)

Sponsors
Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education
♦ Michigan Technological University
Belle Isle Nature Zoo
♦ Michigan Forest Foundation
♦ Hawk Woods Nature Center 
Michigan Project Learning Tree
♦  Build On
♦  Detroit Public Schools
Supported with a 2-year grant from the USDA Forest Service.

For more information, contact:
Joan Chadde, Project Manager
Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech University
Houghton, MI
Phone:  906.487.3341
Email:  jchadde@mtu.edu

Mike Mansour, Director
Hawk Woods Nature Center
Auburn Hills, MI
Phone:  248.370.9353
Email:  mmansour001@comcast.net

Mike Reed, Manager
Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Detroit, MI
Phone:  313.852.4056
Email:  mreed@dzs.org