Rivers2lake Education Program


During the 2018-2019 school year, Kindergarten through 12th grade students and their art teacher Mrs. Granke participated in the Rivers2Lake Education program. Rivers2Lake uses the
outdoors, place-based learning and local scientific research to help teachers incorporate the Lake Superior Watershed into curriculum. Throughout the year, art students took their learning
outside. Students made connections between art elements and the environment right outside our school! Through grants, this program provided money for bus transportation, field trips,
visits to the Great Lakes Aquarium, on-water experiences and classroom resources. Earlier this year students created fish sculptures from observation, fish origami, and Gyotaku fish prints at
the Great Lakes Aquarium. Students learned about micro plastics in our lakes and oceans and created posters for the NOAA  “Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest!” We had an invasive
species specialist Kelsey Wenner come visit and present to students. Then the 5th and 6th grade created posters for the Northwoods Invasive Species Poster Contest. Azure Grant placed 2nd for
6th grade. Mckenna Coy received an honorable mention and Erica Johnson received 3 rd place for 5th grade. 3rd and 4th grade students visited the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center to learn
about archaeology in our area and do an art hike. The final River2Lake outing this year is coming up, High School Art students are teaming up with the Natural Resources class and taking a trip
to explore sand island! We can’t say thank you enough to the wonderful staff members from this program – Deanna, Ryan and Melissa as well as intern Michael who helped out in the
classroom and on field trips! Rivers2Lake is based in Superior at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and in Ashland at the Superior Rivers Watershed Association. If
you’d like to learn more, follow these organizations on Facebook, or visit our website at www.rivers2lake.org.