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      Kids learn about the environment

      A number of high school students from across the Great Lakes recently spent a week at NMU's Environmental camp.

      The best way to learn about the environment is to get out and explore it.

      So, a group of students started off the day with a hike to Mount Marquette.

      "I thought it was interesting how there were different types of trees and they were kind of grouped together. It was kind of an instant transition, it isn't like in the movies where there's green slowly turns brown. It's like oh different types of trees," said Liesel Zuckswerth, from Illinois.

      Most of the students are from out of state and are participating in NMU'S week long environmental camp organized through the Seaborg center.

      Their guide for the hike is Angela Johnson who teaches environmental studies at NMU.

      Johnson introduced the group to the importance of the environment.

      "For humans to figure out a way to live within the bounds of nature. So, that we can be looking out seven eight generations out and have a system that's working healthy. That we know our grandchildren can live like that," said Angela Johnson, group guide.

      In a group discussion they exchanged thoughts on sustainable living.

      Many say it's about finding and creating renewable resources to power our daily lives, and maintaining a healthier life by supporting naturally grown, local organic food.

      "Human awareness is the biggest one since it affects everything else. So, basically anything like the water crisis for not even just us and everywhere else. Just human awareness for everything," Georgia Harrison, camper.

      They also toured the Dancing Crane Farm. Throughout the week they will learn about native plants, geography and history of Marquette and Alger counties.

      Many of these students are already interested in pursuing environmental science as a career.

      "Natural Resource management and conservation wise. So, I figure you know learn a little more about environmental science and that better prepares me for my college career," said Trevor Slinkard.