LLTC takes science class outdoors

Feb 25th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-3: The Science of Place, Tribal College News
By Annette Drewes
FORESTED CLASSROOM. Leech Lake Tribal College students take soil samples as part of a class exploring their northern forested homeland.

FORESTED CLASSROOM. Leech Lake Tribal College students take soil samples as part of a class exploring their northern forested homeland.

Students at Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) will experience their local surroundings in new ways come fall of 2013. Already, they are exploring their northern forested homeland as part of their classroom studies at LLTC.

Located in north-central Minnesota, the tribal college sits on the western edge of the Chippewa National Forest. Tribal, state, and national forest lands are intermixed in this region where northern coniferous forests of pine, spruce, and balsam fir meet the hardwoods of aspen, oak, maple, and birch. Wetlands and lakes abundant in wild rice and fish cover nearly half the national forest.

Through a five-year National Science Foundation TCUP grant, LLTC is expanding its degree programs to include a natural resources/forestry degree. Implementation of the grant includes hiring new instructors; developing improved science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources on campus; and building collaborative partnerships among LLTC and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe natural resource staff, Chippewa National Forest managers, and U.S. Forest Service researchers to provide hands-on opportunities for science learning within the local forest and on area lakes.

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