Education & Outreach

Virtual and Place-Based Educational Opportunities with Sturgeon

We feel that investment in our youth is critical.  Informed citizens are important to the sustainability of coupled human-natural systems. Through this MSU/MiDNR place-based and ‘virtual’ place-based experiences students are afforded opportunities to learn about science in the context of a charasmatic species like lake sturgeon.

Kids Montage

How to get student’s attention?

Arguably there are few things that will grab a student’s attention better than a pre-historic 6 foot fish.

Sturgeon Map


Sturgeon Truck


Engagement of University Faculty

Need for university researchers to demonstrate ‘broader impacts”

  • How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?
  • To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
  • Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
  • What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

Data base management plan

  • Funding for many research project mandate that data be made available in this spirit, teachers and students can profitably explore a wealth of information available in applied areas of interest to students.

Training of science/math professionals

  • University faculty are in the same ‘business’ as K-12 educators.

Increase awareness of need for stewardship activities

  • Informed citizens are far better stewards of natural resources.