Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lake Superior Celebration to offer family activities, displays, more Apr. 26 at GLRC

Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) will be the scene of a FREE family-friendly Lake Superior Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 26. (Keweenaw Now file photo)*

HOUGHTON -- The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 26, at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). The event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to all.

The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations. The event will feature hands-on activities for youth as well as displays/presentations by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) school teams from Dollar Bay HS and Elementary Schools, Jeffers HS, CLK Elementary School, Baraga HS, Chassell HS, Houghton Middle School, EB Holman School, and Washington Middle School.

LSSI student showcase and presentations will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 202 GLRC. The Copper Country Recycling Initiative will provide an update on recycling in the Keweenaw at 7:15 p.m. in 202 GLRC.

Light refreshments -- including snacks, cake, lemonade and coffee -- will be served. Live music will be provided by Lena Maude.

The hands-on activities will include Ride the HEET bike and lift the bridge, Paper-Making, Garbage Pizza, No-Waste Lunch, SMOG City (designing water pumps, operate a 3-D printer) and Create Your Own North Woods Kids' Art.

More than a dozen community organizations and entities will have displays. They include World Water Day art display; Copper Country Recycling Initiative display and  presentation (7:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. in 202 GLRC); Invasive Plants of the Keweenaw; Houghton County Energy Efficiency Team (HEET); Keweenaw Green Burial Association; Keweenaw Land Trust; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) native plants/ethnobotany; Isle Royale National Park; Copper Country Trout Unlimited fly-tying display; North Woods Kids' (K-12) art exhibit from the Western U.P.; Plastic Recycling Enterprise; Alternative Energy Enterprise; Engineers Without Borders; UP Food Exchange.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan STEM Partnership, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, and the Copper Country Recycling Initiative.

For more information contact Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331 or shawn@copperisd.org at the Copper Country ISD or Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu.

Visit the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative on the web or on Facebook.

* Directions to GLRC: From Hancock or Houghton: as you approach Michigan Tech on US 41 from downtown Houghton, turn left onto Cliff Drive (just before the Administration Building and just after apartment building). Quickly turn left again on to Phoenix Drive to go down the hill to the water level. Drive straight ahead to the Great Lakes Research Center, last building on your left, on the water.

From Chassell: As you approach Michigan Tech on US 41, turn right onto Cliff Drive (just past the Administration Building). Take an immediate left on to Phoenix Drive to go down the hill to the water level. Drive straight ahead to the Great Lakes Research Center, last building on your left, on the water.

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