HOUGHTON — Forty middle and high school teachers from the Detroit area will participate in a five-day forestry institute June 18-22 at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo and Belle Isle Flynn Pavilion.  Michigan Technological University and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education are sponsoring the teacher training.

The teachers will learn about forest soils, urban forestry, forest health (insects and diseases), enhancing wildlife habitats, forest management and measurements, and how to identify trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. They will work together to apply what they’ve learned to their classrooms.

The initiative is funded with an $80,000 grant from the United States Forest Service.

For more information, please contact Joan Chadde, educational program director of Michigan Tech’s Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341.