Academy of Natural Resources

  • mapThe Academy of Natural resources offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan’s diverse natural resources, discover current trends in their management and experience activities that bring knowledge to the classroom.

    We offer two week-long programs that qualify for both SCECH Credits (Michigan Department of Education) and graduate credits (Ferris State University). ANR classic is held at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center on Lake Higgins and ANR North takes place at Michigan Tech University's Ford Center.


  • ANR North - August 5-10, 2018

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    Dates and Location

    The Academy kicks off Sunday, August 5, at 6:00 p.m. The week concludes Friday, August 10 after breakfast. Michigan Tech's Ford Center is located one hour west of Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula. The Ford Center provides a unique starting point to access Michigan’s natural and cultural resources nestled in the U.P.

    Cost

    $450 for the entire week which includes 5 nights lodging, 13 meals and all materials.

    You can apply for a scholarship and save $100!

    Program Description: Upper Elementary - High School teachers

    ANR North offers the opportunity for teachers to compound their learning in the unique outdoor environment and culture of the U.P. The “grad school” of ANR, this week-long program offers only one course per year but gives educators a more intimate experience in the vast wilderness of the western U.P.  This August, a new class “Fish and Wildlife Management Week” will be offered which includes: fisheries research on Lake Superior, the Michigan Predator Prey Project, Michigan bats, Marquette Fish Hatchery, wolves, and Ojibwa Tribe: Natural Resource Management Techniques.

    Credit Hours

    30+ SCECH  or  3 University Graduate Credits

    State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee. Three education credits are available from Ferris State University (additional costs apply). 

    Registration

    Be a part of the Academy of Natural Resources North in 2 easy steps:

    Questions or more information

    Please contact Kevin Frailey at fraileyk@michigan.gov

  • ANR Classic - July 8-13, 2018

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    Dates and Location

    The Academy kicks off Sunday, July 8, at 4:00 p.m. The week concludes Friday, July 13 after lunch. The Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center (RAM Center) is located on the North Shore of Higgin's Lake. The RAM Center offers a unique alternative to urban conference centers for conservation and environmental education.

    Cost

    $395 for the entire week which includes 5 nights lodging, 15 meals and all materials.

    You can apply for a scholarship and save $100!

    Program Options:

    Forest, Fields and Fins: Upper Elementary - High School teachers

    ANR’s core class is all about resource management. Be a wildlife biologist for a day, but don’t stop there...On each day of this week you will also become a fisheries biologist, a forester, and a conservation officer. Working alongside DNR professionals in rivers and lakes, forests and fields, learn interesting ways to integrate these experiences into the classroom. See video

    WEE Ones: PreK - 3rd grade teachers

    Early elementary education specialists help you integrate nature-based developmentally appropriate practices into daily lesson plans through hands-on training in outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, reading and math connections. Both the Growing Up WILD guide and Project Learning Tree Early Childhood guide are highlighted, which are tied to the NAEYC standards and Head Start domains. See video

    Teachers Into the Wild: Upper Elementary - High School teachers

    Getting students outside and learning skills is a tremendous way to teach inquiry techniques, build student confidence, while meeting science and health requirements. Get training in many outdoor skills including archery, survival, paddle sports, orienteering, geocaching and forming a school club. Do your part to re-establish the outdoors as a classroom and leave no child inside.

    Credit Hours

    30+ SCECH  or  3 University Graduate Credits

    State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee. Three education credits are available from Ferris State University (additional costs apply). 

    Registration

    Be a part of the Academy of Natural Resources Classic in 3 easy steps:

    Questions or more information

    Please contact Kevin Frailey at fraileyk@michigan.gov