K-12 Programs

Environmental education or "EE" is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions (EPA).  Done well, EE is place-based, hands on, and experiential by nature.  Au Sable's environmental education programs work with local student and teachers in an outdoor setting to help participants gain a better understanding of the natural world and how to care for it.  Environmental education interns lead programs with the public that work towards this end.  The personal and professional benefits of the program are diverse.  If you are wondering how a internship experience in environmental education can help develop you as a professional in the science field, click on the presentation below.  Page down to learn how to apply to be an Environmental Education Intern. We look forward to working with you!

Application Process and Description

Au Sable is a Christian, environmental non-profit dedicated to educating people about the natural world. Our environmental education program has been in operation for over 35 years and works to educate local school children through hands-on, experiential lessons that range from one to several days in length. Interns are trained in the basics of natural history, teaching methodology, group leadership, program development, and risk management. Our campus is located 35 miles east of Traverse City in Mancelona, MI and is situated on 120 acres of mixed-coniferous forest, pond, bog, meadow, and kettle lake ecosystems.


Lead and teach natural history lessons for K-12 students in groups of 8-12, assist with cleaning and preparation of campus facilities, maintain some educational equipment; occasionally lead night programs or canoe trips; winter internship involves daily snowshoeing and some cross-country skiing. Photos of interns at work with students can be viewed in the Environmental Education Internship photo gallery.


Fall 2017: September 11 - October 20

Winter 2018: January 22 - February 16

Spring 2018: Apri 23 - June 1


Stipend pay of $200/week paid on bi-weekly basis; free housing with private room, communal kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Additionally the Internship:

• Partially fulfills requirements for a Naturalist Certification from the Institute.

• Provides experience in environmental education and natural and cultural interpretation.

• Is a wonderful opportunity to explore career options, discover your gifts, and grow spiritually in a small Christian community in a rural setting.


B.S. or B.A. preferred in biology, environmental studies, education, or related field. Preference is given to students of at least junior status and recent graduates from Au Sable’s participating colleges. Must be enthusiastic, conscientious, and able to build rapport with children.

To apply

Submit a cover letter explaining why you would like to do the internship, a resume, and three letters of reference (one from a pastor or mentor describing your Christian commitment and maturity) to Paul Wiemerslage (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), Environmental Education Coordinator. For more information about Au Sable visit our website at http://www.ausable.org.


Paul Wiemerslage, Environmental Education Coordinator
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
7526 Sunset Trail, NE, Mancelona, Michigan 49659
Phone: (231) 587-8686 – Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)