Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Carnegie Museum to host Sooper Yooper Apr. 27

HOUGHTON -- The Sooper Yooper will visit Houghton from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. This engaging, one-hour interactive program is FREE to all.

Image courtesy Carnegie Museum.

The program tells the story of the Great Lakes, the arrival of exotic species and ongoing efforts to control the aquatic pests in a show-and-tell format. The program ispresented by Mark Newman, author of the book Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender and chronicles the tale of Billy Cooper, an environmental superhero living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, who does everything in his power to protect the Great Lake from the Top Ten foreign invaders.

Elementary school children and their families will enjoy the program and get an up-close look at a real sea lamprey, zebra mussels, spiny water fleas and other invasive species -- but not Asian carp!

“We’re trying to raise awareness of the potential impact of invasive species on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes," explains Joan Chadde, Education Program Coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education and stewardship advisor for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative. "The Sooper Yooper does this in a very fun and creative way!"

The Sooper Yooper program is free and open to all.

"We are happy to host a public showing of Sooper Yooper," adds Elise Nelson, Carnegie museum director. "It’s an opportunity for parents and kids to spend a fun evening learning together!"

The Sooper Yooper is made available at no cost to schools and communities throughout the Midwest with the financial support of the Wege Foundation of Grand Rapids, Mich. The program is sponsored locally by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI).

LSSI’s mission is to engage schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its watershed. To learn more visit http://sooperyooper.com/ and http://lakesuperiorstewardship.org/

The Carnegie Museum is on the corner of Huron and Montezuma in historic Downtwon Houghton. Parking is available in the City lot across Montezuma Street. Admission is free. Don’t miss the fun!

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