Outdoor Adventure Center Michigan Fisheries Education Initiative

Thank you for your interest in the Outdoor Adventure Center’s Michigan Fisheries Education Initiative.  Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting applications for this program.  We are “pausing” MFEI for new students during the 2020/2021 school year.  However, we look forward to starting the program again in the fall of 2021! 

MFEI is a year-long program designed to:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge and awareness of the Great Lakes ecosystem and how fisheries management contributes to the health of the Great Lakes and its fish populations.
  • Introduce the concept of invasive species management in fisheries with a focus on how invasive sea lamprey are managed in the Great Lakes.
  • Introduce the concept of habitat restoration for native species with a focus on lake sturgeon and how fisheries scientists are bringing back lake sturgeon in the St. Clair-Detroit River system.
  • Raise students’ awareness for how their actions can have a positive impact on the Great Lakes.
  • Foster an appreciation for the sport of fishing, and encourage students to become lifelong anglers and/or stewards of the Great Lakes.

For the first year of MFEI, we had approximately 450 students participate, from six schools in Detroit, River Rouge, Ypsilanti and Battle Creek. The program was offered to middle school or high school students only.  However, we may consider expanding the program to include upper elementary students as well. 

If you feel that this program may be a good fit for your students and curriculum, you may email DNR-OAC@Michigan.gov for more information. While we currently are not accepting applications, we can send a notification to interested teachers when the application becomes available for the 2021/2022 school year.

The Michigan Fisheries Education Initiative was funded with a grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.