Center for Great Lakes Literacy

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The purpose of the Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) is to help create a Great Lakes-literate public capable of effectively contributing to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Great Lakes.

CGLL is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators from Minnesota Sea Grant and Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes watershed. The program seeks to foster informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship by providing hands-on experiences, educational resources and networking opportunities that promote Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists and citizens.

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What is the Center for Great Lakes Literacy?

The vision of the CGLL is to develop a Great Lakes-literate public capable of effectively contributing to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Great Lakes.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators from Minnesota Sea Grant and other Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes watershed. The Center fosters informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship by providing hands-on experiences, educational resources and networking opportunities that promote Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists and citizens.

Project description

CGLL offers:

  • Annual Great Lakes Shipboard Science workshops that connect educators with scientists aboard the EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian;
  • Webinars and social media postings featuring pressing Great Lakes issues;
  • Land-based watershed workshops that facilitate strong community-school partnerships resulting in action-oriented Great Lakes stewardship and restoration activities; Great Lakes Awareness Day events for the public at prominent educational institutions—aquariums, zoos, museums, etc.;
  • Limno Loan Program for Hydrolab water quality monitoring equipment;
  • Educator Day at the International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference;
  • Citizen science and other volunteer activities that create opportunities for adults to become involved in watershed restoration.

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network has long taken a leadership role in increasing opportunities for educators, their students, and others to learn more about and be- come better stewards of the Great Lakes environment.

Why Minnesota Sea Grant?

As a one of the Great Lakes Sea Grant programs, Minnesota Sea Grant is a member of the CGLL.

What have we done lately?

In July and August, 2020, the CGLL hosted Trimming our Sails: Land-Based Virtual Workshops about the Great Lakes and Inland Waters Workshops for Minnesota and Wisconsin Educators.

Participants & audience

The CGLL seeks to engage teachers and educators from throughout the Great Lakes region.

Funding

Financial support for the CGLL comes primarily from grants.


Upcoming Events

Webinar

Program Staff

Marte Kitson headshot
Environmental Literacy Extension Educator

Partners

  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Tribal Government
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Academic Institution (College and University)
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Sea Grant Programs
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant, Sea Grant Programs

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