One of the best ways to learn is by doing, and that's what NMU
students will be doing in a series of projects in conjunction with Superior Central School in Eben.
Students in a protected area management course will do several service learning projects there this spring, including determining human impact from a possible trails system, mapping school property with GPS and GIS, developing plant inventories and monitoring systems, teaching cropland management, and developing an orchard, tree farm and sugar bush.
The projects coincide with a natural resources and local food initiative on Superior Central's part.
"They are growing their own food in a hoop house, developing forest management plans and designing ski trails, hiking trails, fit strip trails and nature trails to incorporate their school's abundant natural resources into their curriculum," says NMU instructor David Kronk, who is leading the course in the department of health and human performance.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Northern Michigan University