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Summer Youth Program 2004

Aquatic Ecology
at Gratiot Lake

For the final week of July in 2004, nine high school students studied the chemistry and life of the Lake, the Little Gratiot River, and an old beaver dam on the Conservancy preserve. The group camped at the Noblet Field Station and studied aquatic ecology under the guidance of teachers Brian Rajdl and Sandra Harting. The program was a collaborative effort between the Conservancy and Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program.

Zach Anderson Bromley, a senior at Calumet High, received a scholarship from the Jack Sandretto Memorial Scholarship Fund to attend the program.

Collecting invertebrates from an old beaver dam.

Rebecca (Rita) Sandretto continues to contribute generously to the Conservancy’s endowed education scholarship fund established in memory of her husband, Jack Sandretto. The scholarship benefits local students (students currently in grades 9-11) taking part in the Conservancy’s educational programs.

Scholarship information may be obtained by contacting:

Peter Larsen, Associate Coordinator Youth Programs
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

More information about the Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake course planned for 2005 is available at MTU’s Summer Youth Program web site ( http://youthprograms.mtu.edu/ or http://youthprograms.mtu.edu/syp/explorations.asp) call their office at 906-487-2210.

Keweenaw Trail Running Festival Donates Microscope

Thanks to a $1000 donation from the proceeds of July’s Keweenaw Trail Running Festival (www.keweenawtrails.com), Gratiot Lake Conservancy will be able to purchase a microscope for use in educational programs. Jeff Crumbaugh, who co-taught the 2003 Aquatic Ecology course, is a science teacher and dedicated low impact sports enthusiast. Jeff is responsible for arranging this wonderful donation.

Click Here to see slides from 2003's Aquatic Ecology class.

Contact GLC Program Director: director@gratiotlakeconservancy.org
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