Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
Connecting Schools and Communities in the Stewardship of Lake Superior and its Watershed
“LSSI has become an integral part of the curriculum at E.B. Holman. Teaching students about their ‘place’ has led them to become more involved in school and community decisions related to the Lake Superior Watershed. Their knowledge and creativity will benefit stewardship projects well into the future.”
– Jean Dunstan, Deirdre Erbisch, and Mike Hainault, LSSI teachers from E.B. Holman
Each fall, students from E.B. Holman school travel to North Canal Park for a beach cleanup day coordinated by the school’s Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Team (LSSI). (photo courtesy of E.B. Holman School)
We are fortunate to live in the Lake Superior watershed, one of the most pristine and unique ecosystems in North America. Lack of public understanding and lack of broad citizen engagement in the decision-making process are perhaps the greatest threats to the Lake Superior watershed.
The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) supports 98 K–12 teachers in 17 schools, collaborating with 48 community partners in engaging 3562 K-12 students in stewardship work in their local communities to benefit Lake Superior and its watershed. Through this work, students gain valuable skills and become citizen stewards invested in the place where they live.
LSSI works with 17 schools doing incredible work in the local community, here are some example projects:
Jeffers High School students participate in BioBlitz, a day of monitoring activities to study the health and biodiversity of the Lake Superior Watershed at Lake Perrault in Houghton County.
Washington Middle School (WMS) has participated in LSSI for 8 years, offering a unique educational program focused on community-based learning. Students conduct three major community service projects at the Calumet Township Park: Adopt-a-Beach, removal of the invasive species Spotted Knapweed, and management of the Park’s forested area that is also used as the school forest.
Washington Middle School students plant lupines in plots previously covered with Spotted Knapweed at Calumet Township Park.
To learn more about LSSI, visit its website at http://lakesuperiorstewardship.org/.