Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative


Copper Country Intermediate School District
Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
809 Hecla St., P.O. Box 270
Hancock, MI 49930
Ph. 906-482-0331


Shawn Oppliger 


The mission of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) is to prepare students to be knowledgeable and active stewards of the Great Lakes. The LSSI works to ensure that: 

  • Students and teachers will act and be recognized as valued, contributing citizen-stewards in their communities
  • Place-based and community-based education will be an integral and permanent part of the curriculum and the work of participating schools
  • Local communities and the environment of the Lake Superior watershed will be improved through the collaborative stewardship efforts of participating school-community teams

The LSSI is a project of the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education. This hub works with small and rural schools and communities in Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw counties, all of which are located within the Lake Superior watershed.

The LSSI facilitates and supports environmental stewardship projects conducted by school-community teams, related field trips for students, professional development for teachers and community partners, various school-community events, and efforts designed to move the hub toward sustainability.