2018-10-06 / News

Straits Geology, Island History Topics of Mackinac County 4-H Program


Above: Participants in Life of the Straits gather at the bark chapel in Marquette Park Saturday, September 15. (Photograph courtesy Leigh Ann Theunick) Above: Participants in Life of the Straits gather at the bark chapel in Marquette Park Saturday, September 15. (Photograph courtesy Leigh Ann Theunick) Mackinac County 4-H and Michigan Sea Grant, both of which are part of Michigan State University Extension, hosted 24 4-H members here for a outings featuring geology and history. The program, Life of the Straits, attracted 21 children and eight parents from the mainland and three Island 4-H members Saturday, September 15, for a day of activities.

The group learned about the history and geology of the Straits of Mackinac. Island elementary school teacher Piotr Buniewicz led one group, teaching 4-H members the history of Mackinac Island and showing them important landmarks. The other group learned about geology from Matt Bell and Eden Carroll of the Lake Superior State University’s Geology Department.

Both groups convened at Marquette Park and traveled to various locations during their educational hikes. The history group traveled to Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes, learning the involvement of Mackinac Island during the War of 1812. The geology group went to Arch Rock, and their projects included sketching the Island, Arch Rock, and a rock they chose from the lakeshore.


At right: Along the shore at Mackinac Island, 4-H club members learn about geology and sketch rocks they picked up from the shore. (Photograph by Susan Kirkman) At right: Along the shore at Mackinac Island, 4-H club members learn about geology and sketch rocks they picked up from the shore. (Photograph by Susan Kirkman) The Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable and the Mackinac County 4-H Council provided ferry tickets for 4-H members. Michigan Sea Grant provided the lunch. The program was offered to 4-H members throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. Residents of Mackinac, Chippewa, Luce, and Emmet counties attended.

Life of the Straits will be an annual event here, said Mackinac County 4-H Program Coordinator Susan Kirkman, who was among the adult leaders for the trip. The program was well attended and a great success, she said.

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