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    May 19, 2021
    Educators in all settings, including formal and informal, are invited to join staff from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and Superior Rivers Watershed Association to connect with their local waterways. This environmental education workshop will take place Tuesday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Coaster Classroom on the Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge and at Fish Creek near Ashland, Wisconsin.
    During the interactive “Investigating Your Superior Rivers” workshop, participating educators will receive instruction in and demonstration of place-based and outdoor education methods. Inquiry-based, hands-on water quality monitoring and direct, on the water experience paddling the Fish Creek estuary will also enhance participants’ skillset around incorporating the outdoors into their educational practice.
    Educators will also connect with Superior Rivers Watershed Association, a local, citizen science, non-profit organization. Successful completion of the workshop and an implementation plan for the coming school year will earn participants a $200 stipend.
    There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, visit LakeSuperiorReserve.Org/Event. For inquiries, please call (715) 399-4090 or email ryan.feldbrugge@wisc.edu.
    Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and social distancing guidance, the timing and format of this workshop may be altered to ensure safety. The program will take place in an adapted form, if necessary, in order to be compliant with guidance from federal, state, and local authorities.
    The Superior Rivers Watershed Association is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit based in northwestern Wisconsin. It has a staff of four part-time employees and is guided by a seven-person Board of Directors made up of local business professionals. Operational and project funding is secured through memberships, donations, and grants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA-Forest Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Duluth Superior Area Community Fund, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and others.
    The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 Reserves in the United States. The research and outreach program is operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension with leadership from NOAA and based on the UW-Superior Campus. The Reserve encompasses over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary and operates the Lake Superior Estuarium exhibit hall on Barker’s Island in Superior.

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