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Academy of Natural Resources

Academy of Natural Resources

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The 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 weeklong programs at two locations that qualify for SCECH (state continuing education clock hours).


ANR CLASSIC: July 7-12, 2024

Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center near Roscommon, Michigan. The RAM Center is a beautiful setting on the north shore of Higgins Lake, just minutes from either I-75 or U.S. 127.  Three sessions (of up to 20 educators each) are offered at ANR Classic, established in 2008. Last summer, 98% of participants said they would definitely recommend ANR Classic to other teachers.

ANR NORTH: Aug. 4-9, 2024

Michigan Tech University's Ford Center, Alberta, Michigan. ANR North is often referred to as ANR Grad School, although you need not attend ANR Classic as a prerequisite. The Ford Center, located one hour west of Marquette, is a field campus for MTU. Located in Alberta, this historical community was established in 1936 by Henry Ford. ANR North is limited to 20 educators. Last summer, 100% of participants said they would definitely recommend ANR North to other teachers.

See below for more information, including registration forms, for both sessions.

  • July 7-12, 2024

    DATES AND LOCATION

    The academy kicks off Sunday at 4 p.m. The week concludes Friday after lunch. The Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, located on the north shore of Higgins Lake, offers a unique alternative to urban conference centers for conservation and environmental education.

    COST

    $395 for the entire week, which includes five nights of lodging, 15 meals and all materials. Price is based on double occupancy. If you do not wish to have a roommate, single rooms are available for an additional $100/week. 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.

    Teachers into the WILD

    Teachers Into the WILD is about how to get students outside and learning new skills while meeting science and health requirements. Get training in many outdoor skills including archery, survival, paddle sports, orienteering, geocaching and more. Do your part to reestablish the outdoors as a classroom and leave no child inside.

    Environmental Education Project

    This course certifies you in America’s most popular and respected EE curricula, including Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Project Learning Tree, Project WET and the Leopold Education Project. In addition, materials and lessons from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are included. Nowhere else on the planet can you obtain these remarkable resources and professional instruction all in the same week. Field experiences are mixed with classroom-style activities. Regardless of your past experiences with some of these workshops, many have been recently upgraded to address STEM, career and NGSS trends. This is one-stop shopping for anyone wishing to upgrade their EE knowledge and resume.

    CREDIT HOURS

    30-plus state continuing education clock hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee.

    REGISTRATION

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

    1. Choose your program option.
    2. Submit your completed scholarship application for approval (save $100!).
    3. Upon approval, you will be sent the link to register.

    QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION

    Please contact Kevin Frailey at FraileyK@Michigan.gov.

  • Aug. 4-9, 2024

    DATES AND LOCATION

    The academy kicks off Sunday at 6 p.m. The week concludes Friday after breakfast. Michigan Tech's Ford Center, located one hour west of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula, 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 five nights of lodging, 13 meals and all materials. Price is based on double occupancy. If you do not wish to have a roommate, single rooms are available for an additional $100/week. You can apply for a scholarship and save $100!

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: ANY GRADE LEVEL

    Forest Frenzy
    The vast timberlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provide the perfect backdrop to a week of forest management. Amazing field trips to unique forest types and magnificent trees, a look at specialized forest products and a Native American view of forestry. Partners will include the DNR, Michigan Tech, the United States Forest Service, the Keweenaw Band Indian Community and the Michigan Forest Association.

    CREDIT HOURS

    20-plus state continuing education clock hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee.

    REGISTRATION (YOU MAY APPLY/REGISTER FOR BOTH ANR CLASSIC AND ANR NORTH)

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

    1. Submit your completed scholarship application for approval (save $100!).
    2. Upon approval, you will be sent the link to register.

    QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION

    Please contact Kevin Frailey at FraileyK@Michigan.gov.

What are they saying about ANR?

"I can’t say enough how inspiring and useful ANR is for me and my students! After 32 years of teaching, this is the best professional development I’ve ever done."

"This week was very powerful for our team of nine teachers. We had teachers in each of the courses so discussions connecting them, sharing ideas, and finding better ways to work together during the school year was valuable." 

"This has been an amazing experience. You folks did a super of mixing history, culture, and nature into an unbelievable education experience. 10 Stars."

Research validates ANR as impactful professional development

In 2018, Cindy Fitzwilliams-Heck, faculty member at Ferris State University, used ANR for the basis of her Ph.D., Exploration of environmental adult education participant experiences and implications for future practices.

The research showed that ANR participants had become more effective educators and were more aware of and concerned with issues related to conservation and natural resources. Read the recent doctoral study.

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