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Outdoor Adventure Weekend at the Ford Center

July 20–22, 2018

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.

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 Ford Center.
  • 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 forester.
  • 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.