Education & Outreach

Education & Outreach

Education and outreach are an important component of the University of Michigan Biological Station Forest Ecosystem Study.  Here is a sampling of our efforts to date.

High School Science Educator Workshop: A three-day workshop (6-8 July 2010) involving high school science educators and UMBS-FEST researchers. We are collaborating with these educators to produce outreach materials from our forest science research (datasets, teaching tools, field activities) that are relevant to Michigan curriculum standards and students’ lives. Justification and summary of this work can be viewed here (link to Project Summary.pdf).

Our Forests / Our Cultures: A one-day discussion, site tour, and exchange of scientific and traditional forest knowledge between tribal citizens and UMBS researchers in May 2008.

Carbon Storage and Aging Forests: A live webcast presentation and discussion (with >80 participants) hosted by The Stewardship Network in November 2009 on the topic of forest succession, carbon storage, and symbiotic nitrogen cycling. An archived version of the webcast can be accessed here.

Field Biology at UMBS: A one-day site tour for 15 high schoolers from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Gwinn and Marquette) on 7 April 2010. Activities included an introduction to UMBS’ history and mission, a visit to UMBS-FEST, and a field experiment/lesson on tree size measurements and site ecology.

Scientific Collaboration and Research at UMBS-FEST: A site tour emphasizing collaborative research, ecosystem services, and forest change for 6 high schoolers from Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills, MI) on 21 June 2010.

Materials for educators: check back later!