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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 week-long programs at two locations that qualify for SCECH (state continuing education clock hours) or credit through Ferris State University.


Many of you may weigh the decision to register based on COVID-19. If you wish to attend ANR next summer, we encourage you to register early (with the $50 deposit). Last summer both our sessions were full. If you wish to cancel as the event draws near, you may cancel up until 30 days prior to the beginning of ANR Classic and get a full refund. Please be assured that the ANR planning team is also monitoring the situation closely and is committed to providing a safe and healthy venue.

 

ANR CLASSIC:   July 10-15, 2022
Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center on Higgins Lake Roscommon, Michigan.

ANR NORTH:   July 31-August 5, 2022
Michigan Tech University's Ford Center, Alberta, Michigan.

 

See below for more information, including registration forms, for both sessions.
  • July 10 -July 15, 2022

     

    DATES AND LOCATION

    The Academy kicks off Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m. The week concludes Friday, July 15 after lunch. The Ralph A. MacMullen Conference 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

     

    NatureQuest: All grade levels

    This course provides an introduction to the flora and fauna of the Great Lakes region. Learn the basics of plant and animal identification, techniques and methods used to educate students in an outdoor setting. Teachers will become junior naturalists learning about birds, bugs, trees, mammals and more!

     

    Week for Early Elementary (WEE Ones)

    Demonstrates how to incorporate nature-based best practices into daily lesson plans. Hands-on training in outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, reading and math connections are all included. Young children love nature, and you can inspire them with a life-long love and respect for the outdoors with the knowledge, connections, and materials in this course.

    CREDIT HOURS

    30+ SCECH, State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee. University credits through Ferris State University are available. For more information contact fitzwilc@ferris.edu

    REGISTRATION

    Be a part of the Academy of Natural Resources Classic in 3 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
    4. Questions or more information
    5. Please contact Kevin Frailey at fraileyk@michigan.gov
  • July 31-August 5, 2022

    DATES AND LOCATION

    The Academy kicks off Sunday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. The week concludes Friday, August 5 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: ANY GRADE LEVEL

    Historical and Cultural Impacts on the Natural Resources of the Upper Peninsula
    There is no better place to learn the connections between natural resources and cultural impacts than Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This summer we pilot a new course which will include the unique geology of the region followed by the cultural and historical role and impact of native cultures, missionaries, fur traders and miners, and more. Learn how the cultural "timeline" impacted our natural resources throughout Michigan's history. Many field trips are included in this program.  Recommended for educators of any grade level.

    CREDIT HOURS

    20+ SCECH State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are available through this program with no additional fee. University credits through Ferris State University are available. For more information contact Cindyfitzwilliams-heck@ferris.edu

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

    Be a part of the Academy of Natural Resources North in 2 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

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