BUILDING LOCAL UNDERSTANDING OF STRONG GEOHERITAGE, MICHIGAN’S KEWEENAW AND ISLE ROYALE
Locally and nationally, because earth science is underplayed in schools, people may be aware of geoheritage, but are far from understanding and applying it to their lives. I am a geoscientist trying to enhance local awareness of geoheritage in the Keweenaw. Our work consists of: 1. Geoinformation via the web. 2. Field trips (vans, trolleys, kayaks, tour boats, bicycles, walks). 3. Move glacial boulders from quarries to public places for landscape/education. 4. Interpret national and state parks, school campuses with geosites, cities, towns and village parks, businesses with outdoor space. 5. Interpretation with local non profit museums. 6. Land conservation/access/acquisition with mining/logging and conservation groups, 7. Help teachers to develop field exercises. 8. Speak to mineral collector clubs, regional tourism/development groups, park and historical museum public events. 9. Build partnerships with “peripheral” groups that have common interests (artists, musicians, outdoor recreation, industrial archeology, forestry, wildlife ecology, biodiversity, outdoor research, conservation).
Our long term hope is that growing public interest and fostering awareness will build grassroots support for a proposal of a Global Geopark in the Keweenaw and Isle Royale, possibly the first in US! www.geo.mtu.edu/KeweenawGeoheritage