Monday, May 14, 2012

Portage Library to host final program in Isle Royale family series May 15

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host the final program in the "Explore Your National Park" series of family programs presented by Isle Royale National Park Rangers Valerie Martin and Justin Olson.

These programs offer adventures and activities that are suitable for families and kids ages five to twelve. Programs include a 30-minute show followed by hands-on activities.

The final program will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. During "Wade into Isle Royale," kids will become an aquatic ecologist-in-training as they "jump" into Lake Superior with Ranger Valerie Martin and take an imaginary expedition to explore this freshwater home. Participants will meet some of the animals and plants that live in the lake, including a few troublemakers that don’t belong there. Activities include building a food web, checking out some alien species, and testing out an underwater robot.

The robot was built by Dollar Bay High School students who will explain how they constructed the robot, describe what tasks the robot is used for, and demonstrate how it works.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information you may call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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