Monday, April 13, 2009

Regional Youth to Work at Sleeping Bear and Film Experiences

Sleeping Bear beach
Sleeping Bear beach (photo by Todd VerBeek)
based on a news article in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, "Youth corps to get to work at Sleeping Bear," by Lindsay VanHulle, April 9, 2009

Students from Forest Area, Suttons Bay, Benzie Central, Frankfort, Brethren and Bear Lake high schools, Northside Alternative High School in Kalkaska and Casman Academy in Manistee may have a chance to be the first workers with the regional Northwest Michigan Youth Conservation Corps.

Their assignments will be environmental projects at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. And the young people will be filming their experiences for a series of video diaries.

Bill Watson is the project manager, and he developed the program after leading a similar effort for several years at Traverse City High School. Local funding has been provided through SEEDS, in excess of $20,000, and a federal grant is pending. SEEDS is a non-profit research, design and educational institution whose mission is to seek the development of socially and ecologically sustainable environments. They favor projects that are participatory in nature and holistic in perspective.

The video project will document students' experiences as they work at the Lakeshore throughout the spring and summer. A group of students from Detroit will visit for a week and be part of the films. The diaries are planned to be shown this fall at the State Theatre in Traverse City and the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay, Watson said.

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Secondary Roads said...

Not too far from the Sleeping Bear is Glen Lake. Sylvia's great-grandfather built a cabin there, which is still in the family. Since childhood Sylvia has spent time there almost every summer. (She couldn't when we were living in Costa Rica and Ecuador.)
The family cabin is now up for sale. Life moves on . . .

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Chuck... it's very sad that the cabin is for sale. Must be difficult for Sylvia. Beautiful area up there!

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