Outdoor Adventure Weekend at the Ford Center
Mark your calendar for July 20–22 for a weekend at Michigan Tech's Ford Center and
Forest in historic Alberta, MI!
Walk through the forest and learn about the flora and fauna of the Keweenaw from School
of Forest Resources and Environmental Science faculty. See firsthand the launching
of drones and learn how such technology works with GIS and remote sensing, and how
it is impacting environmental research.
The weekend will include a hike to Canyon Falls and a canoe trip on a nearby lake
to discuss lake ecology and to look for area wildlife. Please wear footwear that you
do not mind getting wet and bring sun/bug protection.
A highlight of the weekend will be a talk by leaders of the Isle Royale wolf-moose
team about the history and future of the Isle Royale National Park wolf-moose study,
the world’s longest predator-prey wildlife study. Each day will wrap up with socializing
around the campfire.
Although details are still being finalized, you can count on an all-inclusive weekend
that is both educational and fun with lots of hands-on activities. Lodging will be
in the full-service conference center with meals featuring local food and beverage
favorites. Children age 12 and older are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians.
The all-inclusive cost per person is $375.00 adults and $325 for children 12–16.
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Sessions being planned include:
- Canyon Falls Hike
Unbeknownst to most, Canyon Falls recreation area is on land owned by Michigan Tech
and SFRES—it is part of the Ford Forest. Andrew Storer, associate dean, will host
a hike and talk about forest use for learning and recreation by Tech students. Robert
Froese, Director of FCF, will co-host and discuss forest land use and history of the
- Introduction to plant identification in the Keweenaw
Chris Webster, plant community ecologist.
- The future of the Wolf-Moose Study on Isle Royale
Rolf Peterson, professor of mammalian ecology and/or John Vucetich, professor SFRES.
- Glacial Geomorphology
A hike along the transition from where glaciers sat to where the outwash channel flowed
with Mike Hyslop, GIS Program director and senior lecturer.
- Environmental Monitoring with Drones- The Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Mapping
Curtis Edson, remote sensing and Geospatial information scientist.
- Tree Climbing Demonstration and Practice by Participants
Molly Cavaleri, tree physiologist and tree canopy scientist, Jim Schmierer, School
- Nature Journaling
Sketching in a nature journal is a great way to record your experiences in the outdoors.
It also causes us to slow down, reflect on the moment, and notice details we normally
miss. In this session we will discuss how to set-up a field kit and the different
types of art media that work well in the woods. Then we will spend the majority of
the time capturing nature on the page.
Stacy Cotey, PhD Candidate and Instructor, Wildlife Ecology.
- Canoeing, Wildlife, and Aquatic Insects
Join us for a casual afternoon paddle on a nearby lake to discuss lake ecology and
to look for area wildlife. Please wear footwear that you do not mind getting wet and
bring sun/bug protection.
Other activities: making Michigan Tech branded wood cookies.