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Shipboard Science Workshops for Educators

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of an amazing trip. A trip we hope you’ll want to join on a special sailing ship. Sea Grant’s shipboard science programs transform teachers into motivated Great Lakes educators. Over the course of a week and fueled by dynamic partnerships and the wind in their sails, Minnesota and Wisconsin educators are exposed to the skills of navigating a Great Lake, practice the science of lake ecology, and gain knowledge of the region’s seafaring history from a maritime archaeologist. Sea Grant instructors help the educators develop innovative classroom experiences to take back for their students to inspire the next generation of Great Lakes leaders, stewards and educators. Educators get comfortable talking to scientists, scientists get comfortable talking to educators, and together they forge years-long relationships that benefit both.


  • Cynthia Hagley, Minnesota Sea Grant Environmental Quality Extension Educator chagley@d.umn.edu, 218-726-8713
  • Marte Kitson, Minnesota Sea Grant Environmental Literacy Extension Educator mkitson@d.umn.edu, 218-726-8305

Partners in Education Volunteer Opportunities

The PIE program is a collaboration between Minnesota Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Aquarium that provides University of Minnesota Duluth education students with volunteer opportunities to work with education professionals.

The partnership trains volunteer educators to provide free outreach programs to Twin Ports schools. The topics covered such as weather, watersheds, properties of water and geology, change each semester and are all relevant to the Great Lakes.

Cost: Free to all schools in Duluth
Time: 45-60 minutes
Grade Level: K-6
Contact the PIE coordinator at pie.gla@gmail.com to schedule a visit from PIE staff.

Partners In Education Logo: Lake Superior with 3 stylized fish

Featured Initiatives

Water on the Web
This is a Web-based national curriculum for colleges and high schools that provides real data, primers, data interpretation, Geographic Information Systems tools, and more.
LakeSuperiorStreams.org educational resources
An awareness of watershed processes can begin at an early age. The curricula provided by LakeSuperiorStreams.org will assist you in preparing lessons for pre-school through highschool students.


A-maze-ing Lake Superior
Twenty-nine activities about Lake Superior for kids and adults ages 8 and up. Includes mazes, word puzzles, and fun facts!
Lake Superior Game
In this game designed for groups, a bucket of water representing Lake Superior either gradually becomes polluted and depleted, or not, depending upon the choices made by players.
Great Lakes Basin Maps
Five 12x16 maps of each Great Lake and its basin, complete with additional information. A sixth map opens to 17x22" and features the entire Great Lakes System.
Sea Grant Files
Minnesota Sea Grant partners with KUMD Radio (103.3FM), an independent public radio station on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, to produce The Sea Grant Files. The audio series focuses on aquatic science and water-related challenges in Minnesota and across the Great Lakes. Michael Monroe provided and performed the introductory music.

Aquatic Invasive Species Materials for Educators

Nab the Aquatic Invader!
A fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions.
Attack Packs
A rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species, the problems they cause and what can be done.
Biological Control of Purple Loosestrive, 4-H Leader’s Guide & Youth Manual
Youths can contribute to controlling loosestrife if provided with the right tools and adult guidance.
Community Stewardship Projects on Exotic Aquatic Species
This booklet provides summaries of 15 community stewardship projects created by students to increase awareness about aquatic invasive species.
Exotic Species Compendium of Activities to Protect the Ecosystem
Mussel Menace! instructors training package
An instructor's training package about the problems caused by zebra mussels and how to prevent their spread.
Traveling Trunks
Rent a trunkload of aquatic invasive species educational materials.

For Educators:


Cynthia Hagley
Environmental Quality Educator
Marte Kitson
Environmental Literacy Extension Educator

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