Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

September 24th, GTSI Professional Development and Community Dinner

Professional development for teachers is a part of the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative’s (GTSI) mission.

Teachers gathered at the Boardman River Nature Center outdoor pavilion for an interactive presentation about solar power and how colors absorb sunlight. They chose to either create color wheels, practicing geometry techniques that their students could use, or assemble a solar bird bath.

Lynda Frusti and Stacy Breimeyer of Grand Traverse Academy  diligently work to create a 7 color pinwheel, geometrically balanced.

Lynda Frusti and Stacy Breimeyer of Grand Traverse Academy diligently work to create a 7 color pinwheel, geometrically balanced.

Grand Traverse Academy, Greenspire, and Interlochen teachers collaboratively work to assemble and perfect and solar bird bath.

Grand Traverse Academy, Greenspire, and Interlochen teachers collaboratively work to assemble and perfect a solar bird bath.

 
Inland Seas’ Jeanie Williams and Lindsey Hartrey engaged teachers in Lake Michigan fish identification and data interpretation. They also showed an underwater video of their lake sampling technique!

Sarah Payette and Tony Columbo take careful observations of a fish they are identifying.

Sarah Payette and Tony Columbo take careful observations of a fish they are identifying.

Teachers study graphs of fish data and interpret them.

Teachers study graphs of fish data and interpret them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Dinner & Dialogue followed, where community partners and potential contacts met to discuss school projects and ideas with GTSI teachers. As Kim Ranger from Elk Rapids School District wrote: Last night’s dinner was great, from the tables, to the food, to the conversation!

Teachers and garden enthusiasts discuss student gardens at the Dinner & Dialogue.

Teachers and garden enthusiasts discuss student gardens at the Dinner & Dialogue.

Community partners and teachers engage in discussion

Community partners and teachers engage in discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of the community partners that attended last night’s dinner!

Kristina Weidenfeller listens intently as Matt Mohrman discusses National Park Service programs

Kristina Weidenfeller listens intently as Matt Mohrman discusses National Park Service programs