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Placed-based education documentary airs tonight

Michigan State University Extension contributed to a PBS placed-based education documentary produced by documentary filmmaker Bob Gliner. “Growing Up Green” will air on PBS nationally throughout the month of April.

Extension educator Brandon Schroeder let us know about the documentary: “Two of the nine hubs leading this work in Michigan are MSU-led – our Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) and GRAND Learning Network (Shari Dann) – and so we are well represented in this statewide GLSI documentary. Exciting!”

Kelley Hiemstra, District 4 coordinator said, “What a great example of MSUE programs. It has all of the components, great partners, education, and leadership AND now nationally recognized.”

Read Brandon’s MSU Extension news article to find out more about the program: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/growing_up_green_documentary_explores_great_lakes_place_based_education

Watch tonight! The first showing is at 10:30 p.m on PBS station WCML in Alpena, WCMV in Cadillac, WCMZ IN Flint and WCMW in Manistee. It will be showing on various PBS stations at various times across Michigan throughout April. Brandon’s article contains a broadcast schedule for the documentary.

Congratulations to all on your hard work!

View details and trailer online at http://www.docmakeronline.com/growing_up_green.html

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Extension educational materials receive awards at ANREP conference

Several Michigan State University Extension educational materials received awards at the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) biennial conference in Hendersonville, N.C., May 20–23.

 The publication Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training Manual: Principles of Natural Landscaping and Erosion Control on Inland Lakes (MSUE Bulletin E3109) received a 2012 Gold Award in the category of Long Publications. Jane Herbert, senior Extension educator, served as the lead author and coordinating editor. Bob Schutzki, associate professor, and Mary Bohling, Extension educator, were contributing authors along with several members of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The manual was produced by ANR Communications.

 This attractive 140-page manual is used to train landscape professionals in how to design, construct and maintain environmentally sound inland lake landscapes. It’s a great example of how MSUE professionals work with their colleagues in the public and private sectors to address needs. This manual, and the certification training program in which it is used, are equipping landscape professionals to expand business services to include more lake-friendly tools and techniques to protect the quality of Michigan’s inland lakes.

 The Journal of Extension article “Conservation Education for Advancing Natural Resources Knowledge and Building Capacity for Volunteerism” received a 2011 Gold Award for a Refereed Journal Article. Co-authors were Shari Dann, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; Shawn Riley, associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; and Heather Van Den Berg. Heather, a graduate assistant, was lead author.

 Senior Extension educator Dean Solomon’s conference poster “Public Deliberation Tools for Natural Resources Extension Professionals: A Case Study” received a 2012 Honorable Mention award.

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GLEP becomes 4-H Program of Distinction

National 4-H Headquarters recently named the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) a 4-H Program of Distinction. Programs of Distinction (POD) are peer-reviewed programs that reflect the high quality of Extension youth development programs from across the United States and territories.

 Based in Macomb and Wayne counties and led by senior Extension educator Steve Stewart and Extension educator Gary Williams, GLEP combines conservation education and science in the classroom and outdoors. It includes a shipboard field trip that introduces Michigan fourth graders to the Great Lakes. GLEP, which has its own curriculum and website (www.glep.us), has been replicated four times.

 Michigan 4-H Youth Development, Sea Grant, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Michigan State University Extension collaborate to make GLEP a winning program.

 Since its inception in 1991, more than 80,000 students and adults from 26 communities have participated in GLEP. The program annually serves approximately 4,000 students from 160 classrooms in 20 school districts and 6 counties, including urban, suburban and rural areas. Many people had a hand in developing the GLEP curriculum, with leadership provided by Dr. Shari Dann, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies; Carol Swinehart, recently retired communications manager with Michigan Sea Grant, and others. Even I had a hand in reviewing some of the materials and provided information on some of the ichthyological information in the curriculum. If you know of others who were involved in the creation of GLEP, please go to my blog and add their names as a comment on this entry.

 Impact evaluation results rate GLEP as a highly successful conservation education program. Students gain knowledge of the Great Lakes and natural resources while gaining positive attitudes and strengthening stewardship intentions toward those areas.

 Because of the experiential nature of GLEP, kids see and learn firsthand the importance of the Great Lakes and conservation efforts. It gets kids outdoors and in nature when many of their peers are sitting home with video games and missing out on what the great outdoors has to offer.

 GLEP now joins three other Michigan 4-H Youth Development programs that were named PODs: Ottawa County Journey 4-H Youth Mentoring in 2007, Leelanau County 4-H Kids Club in 2008, and 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp in 2009.


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Conservation Stewards Banquet

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to join Bindu Bhakta for the annual meeting of the conservation stewards volunteers from Oakland County. Oakland County has been one of the early adopters of this innovative program that is intended to educate and prepare residents who wish to become more engaged in conservation activities in their community. It is somewhat like the Master Gardener program in that it invests a great deal of training in technical matters of ecology and conservation and in volunteerism while also encouraging, facilitating and recognizing volunteer activities of participants in parks, wildlife areas and other natural venues in their communities. Currently Oakland County has 133 active Conservation Stewards, and over the past four years, they have contributed more than 10,400 hours of high quality volunteer work in their communities and have invested in an additional 1,800 hours of advanced training beyond the initial Conservation Stewards training. This program is a great example of resources that we can bring to bear on the Green Volunteerism and Citizen Science logic model within the Greening Michigan Institute.

 It was fitting that the guest speaker for the Oakland County banquet was Dr. Shari Dann, associate professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Community, Agriculture and Recreation Resource Studies, because Dr. Dann was a key contributor to the development and early launch and evaluation of the Conservation Stewards program. Her presentation focused on the challenges of engaging young people in learning about their natural world and ways for them to enrich their lives and fulfill their career aspirations through interacting with the environment around them. If you haven’t read Richard Louv’s book “Last child in the woods: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder,” I’d encourage you to find it and think about how we can contribute to helping young people (and adults) find ways to become more engaged with protecting and using our natural resources in sustainable ways. It affects not only their quality of life, but it also strengthens Michigan’s economic future, which is so dependent on our natural assets. I appreciate the opportunity to spend time with some Conservation Stewards, and appreciate Dr. Dann’s creative efforts and Bindu’s effective leadership in making this program a valuable asset of Michigan State University Extension.

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