2012/13 Great Lakes Lecture Series Features Scientists from The Nature Conservancy
The Freshwater Forum at Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy partner to host the “What’s So Great about the Great Lakes?” lecture series at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Six Thursday night lectures starting October 25 feature Nature Conservancy scientists who will cast new light on topics that affect everyone who lives in the Great Lakes’ unique ecosystem. Topics include rising temperatures, land protection, and challenges for migratory birds. Each lecture begins with an opportunity to meet the scientist and a Cash Bar at 6:30, followed by a 7:30pm lecture.
VIEW THE LECTURES YOU MISSED ONLINE AT THE INSTITUTE'S LECTURE ARCHIVE, CLICK HERE.
Can You Take the Heat?-Dr. Patrick Doran Oct. 25
Director of Conservation Dr. Patrick Doran discusses how scientists are thinking about and planning for a changing climate and how it affects organizational choices.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees-Jon Fosgitt Nov. 15
Forest Management Specialist Jon Fosgitt of Compass Land Consultants will share his views on how restoring forest diversity can improve forests, forestry practices, and local economies.
Centers of Commerce, Culture and Conservation- Dr. Scott Sowa Jan. 24
Director of Science Dr. Scott Sowa discusses how the bays of the Great Lakes region have influenced our past and hold keys to our future.
Thanks for Stopping By-Dr. Dave Ewert Feb. 21
Senior Scientist Dr. Dave Ewert will talk about the importance of stopover sites in the globally significant migratory bird flyway here in the Great Lakes basin.
Yanking Our Chain- Lindsay Chadderton Mar. 21
Great Lakes Director of Aquatic Invasive Species Lindsay Chadderton will talk about the changes in the Great Lakes food chain and native fisheries.
The Changing Scale of Conservation-Helen Taylor Apr. 18
State Director Helen Taylor talks about how land protection has become a conservation strategy at the landscape scale of the Great Lakes.
Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members and $12 for non-members. To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or online: click here to register for an individual lecture or click here to register for the whole series. Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This series is sponsored by Northern Trust.
MEECS Water Quality Teacher Training Workshop Updated Version
Saturday, April 6, 2013
8:30am – Noon
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Be trained on the NEW MEECS Water Quality Unit! Join us to learn how to use the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Water Quality Unit in the classroom! The MEECS Water Quality Unit helps students discover the essential role that water plays in Michigan’s economy and in everyone’s lives. Students calculate how much water they use, investigate the link between land uses and water quality, and discover how water is monitored and standards are set. Cost for the half-day session: $35.00 includes curriculum binder, materials and refreshments.
To register call 248.645.3210 or Download MEECS flyer April 2013.
This workshop is offered as a Harris Family Great Lakes Environmental Education Program.
Volunteer Opportunities for Environmental Education at Cranbrook
There are volunteer opportunities available through Cranbrook Institute of Science for watershed education, including:
- Water on the Go! Survey Correction
- Rouge River Water Festival Volunteer (3rd week of September)
Volunteer Opportunities Across Michigan in Natural Areas Restoration
Visit the Stewardship Network website for volunteer opportunities across the state in Natural Areas Management. Volunteer opportunities include invasive species removal, habitat restoration, and native plant seed collection. Many events also offer education on the science and practice of restoring ecosystems. Visit the Stewardship Network website for a comprehensive state-wide listing.