Register now to get students on board with the Great Lakes Education Program

Classroom and schoolship lessons encourage stewardship of the Great Lakes.

Students enjoy a trip on the water while learning about the Great Lakes. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Students enjoy a trip on the water while learning about the Great Lakes. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

What can teachers do if they want to introduce their students to the Great Lakes?  One excellent way is by participating in the Great Lakes Education Program, which will soon begin its 26th year of classroom and vessel-based education in southeast Michigan.

Why would teachers want to have their students participate in the Great Lakes Education Program?  Perhaps because they understand the value of combined classroom and out-of-classroom learning.  Maybe because they know how important the Great Lakes are to all of us, and that we all share ownership of and stewardship responsibility for them.  It could be because other teachers have said it does an excellent job of helping them meet Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations and Great Lakes Literacy principles, or that 95% of their students felt more knowledgeable about Great Lakes science after participating.  It could be the numerous awards the program has received at the state and national levels.  Or because it has been developed and kept current by participating teachers over the past 25 years.

Whatever the reasons, since 1991 more than 105,000 participants have joined us in learning more about the Great Lakes.  Offered as a collaboration between Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Great Lakes Education Program is designed to provide students – as well as their teachers and adult chaperones – with a truly unique on-the-water learning experience.  With locations on both Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie, it is easy for schools throughout southeast Michigan to participate.

Registration is now open for the spring 2016 Great Lakes Education Program season, which runs from mid-April through mid-June. Screen shot of Great Lakes Education Program website. For more complete information on the program, the spring season calendar, our locations, cost, and how to register, simply go to the Great Lakes Education Program website.  We look forward to having you join us as we begin our second quarter-century of education focusing on the Great Lakes.  Don’t miss the boat!

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

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