Celebrate Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor

Celebrate the beauty and bounty of Lake Superior. Copper Harbor community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, are organizing the second annual Lake Superior Day Festival, Sunday, July 20, with lots of special activities at the 6th Street Dock along the Copper Harbor Boardwalk (near Isle Royale Queen boat dock).

UPDATE: See Photo Gallery from 2014 Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor Michigan

* Enjoy fish stew (Kalamojakka), homemade pies, rieska (Finnish flatbread) and more for a community picnic ($5 donation suggested).
* Canoe races and kayak demonstrations
* Interactive art (paint the model freighter)
* ROV (remotely operated vehicle) demonstrations by the Dollar Bay High School S.O.A.R. team
* Learn about the health of Lake Superior from a presentation by Great Lakes scientist Marcel Dijkestra from Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
* Live music, poetry, and more.

From 1 to 4 p.m., attendees can find out how scientists study the Great Lakes by taking a 25-minute scientific excursion in the harbor aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel the Agassiz. These excursions are offered as part of the Ride the Waves Program with funding from General Motors.

The Agassiz will depart every half-hour from the Isle Royale Queen dock beginning at 1 p.m. Participants must be at least seven years old, and children must be accompanied by an adult. All should wear closed-toe shoes. Space is limited. Interested participants may pre-register for an excursion on the Agassiz by calling 7-3341 or email Lloyd Wescoat at lwescoat@mtu.edu. For more information about the event, contact lead organizer, Don Kilpela, Isle Royale Queen captain, at 289-4735.

Lake Superior Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July in many communities around Lake Superior. The event, now in its 11th year, is spearheaded by the Lake Superior Binational Forum to highlight the special connections people have to this unique world treasure.

To learn more about Lake Superior Day events around the lake, visit the Lake Superior Binational Forum. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes also provides information on Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes at the Department of Environmental Quality, or visit
EPA’s website.

See Photo Gallery from 2014 Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor Michigan

Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech Research Vessel Agassiz for Students

Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4-12 ~ Fun! FREE! Educational!

Ride the Waves with GM (General Motors) invites Copper Country youth in Grades 4-12 to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. There are four different programs to choose from, each 4 hours in length, that will accommodate 14 youth/chaperones:

Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigation (4 hour session, 2 on boat & 2 in lab; July 1, 3, 24, Aug. 1, 4-7) Find out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “what makes a lake trout?” All ages.

Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration (4 hour session, 2 on Agassiz & 2 in Lake Linden; on July 1; Aug. 4-7) The history of the “Copper Country is explored by land and water as students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites, and the bottom of Torch Lake. Ideal for middle school students.

Investigate the lake with a Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) (2-3 hour session on Agassiz on July 21, 23, 30 departing from various locations; optional shuttle available from MTU)
Unless you’re a diver, few get to see what lies beneath the waves without a remotely operated vehicle. What surprises await you? Ideal for middle/high school students

Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire (4-hour session on Agassiz on Aug. 18-22) Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web? Ideal for high school students.

REGISTER ONLINE: Ride the Waves Registration Form
Please list all dates and times that work for you and we will reply and fit you into the earliest available slots. Groups of 5 or more students will be given preference in scheduling, so get with your friends and form a group!

See PDF Flyer Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4-12

The Ride the Waves Program is funded by GM (General Motors) and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

For more Information or to make reservations:
Contact Joan Chadde (jchadde@mtu.edu) or Lloyd Wescoat (lwescoat@mtu.edu) or call 906-487-3341.
Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Great Lakes Research Center

See a Video about Ride the Waves with GM – General Motors

Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech Research Vessel Agassiz
Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz

Free Scientific Excursion Aboard the Agassiz at the Strawberry Festival

Free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be held at the Strawberry Festival, 1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 12 at Chassell Marina. “How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior?” is the focus of the excursions.

See the Video Scientific Excursion Aboard the Agassiz – Ride the Waves with GM

The public is invited to sign up for a free 30-minute excursion by calling the Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education at 7-3341 or coming to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday between 12:30 and 4 p.m. Spaces go quickly. On-site sign-ups begin at 12:30 p.m. with first departure at 1 p.m. Half of the spaces will be saved for onsite participants.

On each scientific excursion, a Marcel Dykstra, a Michigan Tech Great Lakes scientist, will demonstrate how sampling equipment is used to collect plankton and sediment, evaluate water clarity, temperature and turbidity, which tell us about the health of Chassell Bay. Microscopes will be on shore so participants can view the organisms. Participants will investigate the connection between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

Scientific excursions will depart from the Chassell Marina dock approximately every half hour. Space is limited to 15 persons per excursion (children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are available for all passengers.

Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations will also be conducted from the Chassell Marina dock throughout the afternoon.

“Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and what factors contribute to a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, education program director. “These scientific excursions for the public have been offered at the Strawberry Festival since 2006 and have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered.”

The event is coordinated by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. This year, the program is funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program putting more than 500 Copper Country youth and adults on the water to learn about the Great Lakes and promote STEM careers, along with support from the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society and the Chassell Lions Club.

For more information or to sign up for an excursion, call 487-3341. More information on the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative is available online.

Chassell (in 2013)
Chassell (in 2013)

Lake Linden: Scientific Excursions aboard MTU’s Research Vessel Agassiz

FREE scientific excursions aboard MTU’s research vessel Agassiz
~ Noon-3 pm, 4th of July departing from Lake Linden Village Marina ~

‘How do scientists assess the health of Torch Lake?’ is the focus of FREE scientific excursions that will be offered at the 4th of July festivities in Lake Linden Village Park &Marina. The public is invited to sign up for FREE 30-minute scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz by calling the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at 487-3341 or coming to the Lake Linden Marina dock on Friday, July 4th between 11:30 and 3 pm. Continue reading

Summer Science Camp 2014 at Michigan Tech

The Summer Science Camp at Michigan Tech is being held at the Great Lakes Research Center.

Session I: Science Explorers (Students entering Gr. 1-3) ~ June 17-19, 2014
Instructor: Elizabeth Squires, science educator
Session II: Rockets & Roller Coasters (Students entering Gr. 4-6) ~ June 24-26, 2014
Instructor: Janel Summers, C.J. Sullivan Elementary 5th grade teacher

Channel Six WLUC TV News Story

TV6 & FOX UP YouTube Video

Daily Mining Gazette article

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Outreach: Green Tour at Tech

A dozen students in 10th-12th grades from Lake Linden-Hubbell (LLH) High School participated in their 2nd annual “Green Tour” at Michigan Tech today, along with their teacher/advisor, Jennifer Saaranen. The students are all members of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Green Club and asked to come to Michigan Tech to learn about college majors and possible careers in environmental sustainability. Joan Chadde, of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), organized the tour for the students. Continue reading