Youth Programs


Image of youth exploring marsh.Environmental Explorers - FULL

Students entering grades 4-6

June 17-18, 2014

Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center,
La Crosse, Wis.

 

The program is co-sponsored by and held at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) on French Island.

 

Girl looking at nature through looking glass.Grab your binoculars, hip boots and discover the hidden treasures of nature living in and along the Mississippi River.

Learn and perform field and laboratory techniques used by scientists studying the Upper Mississippi River. Collect and identify macroinvertebrates, the small "critters" living in the mud and swimming in the water. Identify and learn about aquatic plants, trees, reptiles and amphibians of the floodplain forest. Observe and identify birds and the nests they make. Simulate tracking animals with radio transmitters. Navigate the forest and prairie using Global Positioning System, aerial photographs and land maps.

Fee:

  • $59, Early Bird Fee on/before April 7, 2014
  • $69, after April 7, 2014
  • Includes instructional materials, use of equipment, lunches and tote bag.

Class size is limited to 40 participants to ensure hands-on participation. This program fills quickly!

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Environmental Explorers Planned Schedule:

Tuesday, June 17
7:30-8 a.m. Registration
8-9:15 a.m. Songbird Mist Netting & Banding Along the Mississippi River | USGS
Sampling Water Quality in the River: How and Why | WI DNR
9:15-9:30 a.m. Break
9:30-10:45 a.m. Songbird Mist Netting & Banding along the Mississippi River
Sampling Water Quality in the River: How and Why
10:45-11:45 a.m. Environmental Games: Invasive Species & Bird Migration
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:15-1:30 p.m. Backwater Safari
Fishes of the Mississippi River: Identification & Habitats
1:30-1:45 p.m. Break
1:45-3 p.m. Backwater Safari
Fishes of the Mississippi River: Identification & Habitats
3 p.m. Depart
   
Wednesday, June 18
7:45-8 a.m. Arrival
8-9:15 a.m. Small Critters of the River | USGS
Mapping Our Environment & Tracking Animals using Radiotelemetry | USGS
9:15-9:30 a.m. Break
9:30-10:45 a.m. Small Critters of the River
Mapping Our Environment & Tracking Animals using Radiotelemetry
10:45-11:45 a.m. Environmental Games: Invasive Species & Bird Migration
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:15-1:30 p.m. Ampibians and Reptiles | USGS
Web of Life! | USGS
1:30-1:45 p.m. Break
1:45-3 p.m. Ampibians and Reptiles
Web of Life!
3-3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
3:30 p.m. Depart

NOTE: some revisions to schedule are possible

Picture of scholarship burst.Scholarships:
Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2014 Scholarship Application will be accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment will be due at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given minus $25 cancellation fee, if requests are submitted in writing to UW-La Crosse Continuing Education & Extension, 1725 State Street, 205 Morris Hall, La Crosse, WI 54601, and received no later than May 31, 2014. No refunds will be made in the case of non-attendance or cancellations after May 31. Substitutions will be accepted.

Insurance:
Participants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as limited accident insurance is provided by UW-La Crosse.

For more Information: Continuing Education, 608.785.6504 or conted@uwlax.edu