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Great Lakes Education Program


The Great Lakes Education Program introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience aboard a ship. The program is designed to help students learn about environmental stewardship by understanding their role in protecting the Great Lakes. Physical, chemical, biological, and cultural dimensions are covered in a highly interactive environment.

Approximately 110,000 students, teachers and adult volunteers have participated in the program since 1991. Program assessment shows that seventy-five percent of participating teachers have integrated the Great Lakes Education Program into classroom curriculum. The program is supported by Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension and Huron-Clinton Metro Parks.

Contact Information

Rhett Register

Michigan Sea Grant
University of Michigan
520 E. Liberty St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2210

Phone: (734) 764-0767
E-mail: rregist@umich.edu

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Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

Natural Resources & Environment

Sponsoring Department(s)

Michigan Sea Grant

Program Available to these Counties

Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Wayne

Program Available to these Cities

Ann Arbor, Detroit

Subject Area(s)

Community Assistance, Culture (American & International), Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Education, Environmental, Science & Research, Teacher Education / Resources