Environmental economics will be the focus of a hands-on program being offered by MooseWood Nature Center and the Northern Michigan University Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE). Area first- through fifth-grade students are invited to participate. The program will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at the MooseWood Nature Center on the following Thursdays: June 12, 19 and 26.

            The series, titled “ECO-nomics” will focus on how economics and our natural world are related. “From Start to Finish: Recycling and Why We Do It” on June 12 will explore the pros and cons of recycling and participants will make their own recycled paper.

            In the June 19 session, “I’m Drinking What!?: Investigating Our Water,” students will become detectives and find out how hard our water really is. Students will test water from a variety of sources including the municipal system, Lake Superior, purification systems and rainfall.

            “Wind, Wind Go Away: Looking into Air Pollution” on June 26 will look at the reasons behind pollution, along with its consequences. Participants will also explore climate change and its effects on the environment and economy. To discover the power of wind, participants will make and fly their own kites.

            All ECO-nomics sessions are free of charge. Please call MooseWood at (906) 228-6250 to register or for more information. Participants can register for the series or for individual classes.

            MooseWood is a youth-serving non-profit nature center located on Presque Isle Park. MooseWood provides free science and outdoor education classes to public schools in Marquette County though the Virginia Long School Scholarship Fund.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director