This workshop was the first ever held in the winter at Clear Lake and was supported by partners from MARESA, the National Forest Service, the Clear Lake staff, not to mention great support from my faculty and staff colleagues in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service.
In learning about winter ecology, students learned how to track wild animals and record their tracks in plaster of paris, start emergency survival fires, build emergency shelters in the great north woods, and examine the white and snowy natural environment from the comfort of snowshoes. Food was cooked over the open fire, lots of educational games were learned, and much social bonding took place. Lots of storytelling took place including the one about "One Paw," a 3-footed bear who reportedly roams around the Clear Lake neighborhood.
Students were given Flip video cameras and told to document their experience and we all look forward to seeing those documentaries. It is safe to say that we all had a great time and learned that science learning and teaching can be great fun!
Written by Greg Coverdale