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Trimming our Sails: Land-Based Virtual Workshops about the Great Lakes and Inland Waters Workshops for Minnesota and Wisconsin Educators

Three masted ship docked with very calm water and vibrant blue sky

Photo credit: David Ruck

July 15, 22, 29
August 4, 11, 18
Zoom Workshops

Workshop theme

Great Lakes and the Human Connection (Great Lakes Literacy Principle #6).

Workshop series summary

Join Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant for a six-week workshop series on classroom and field applications of Great Lakes science that explore Great Lakes Literacy Principle 6: How the Great Lakes influence humans and vice versa. Presenters include educators who participated in previous shipboard science workshops, researchers, and Center for Great Lakes Literacy staff.


Learn about the Great Lakes; meet or reunite with new educators, scientists and other professionals; share your teaching experiences; and earn a stipend* for participating in four of the six workshops and completing an action plan (maximum of 10 stipends per state). Teachers who sign up for both macroinvertebrate sessions will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a Leaf Pack Network kit. *Only participants who attend four of the six live workshops are eligible for stipends.

Who should attend the workshop series?

The workshop series is open to any 4th through 12th grade formal, non-formal, or informal educator in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link.

Joyful Hours

Each workshop in the series will be followed by a themed Joyful Hour. This optional event will provide a chance for returning educators to reconnect with shipboard science colleagues and share successes with new and returning educators. Additionally, educators new to the Center for Great Lakes Literacy will learn about programming and related topics. Joyful Hours are optional, but registration is required.

Where are these events taking place?

Anywhere you have the ability to participate via Zoom.


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Joyful Hour:
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
July 15 Macroinvertebrates I - what can macroinvertebrates tell you about the health of an aquatic environment? Denis Sullivan shipboard science
July 22 Plankton and water chemistry (water quality) Successes and challenges of implementing Great lakes and aquatic sciences with students
July 29 Cyanobacteria and toxic blooms Lake Guardian shipboard science
August 4 Microplastics Using curriculum kits
August 11 Winter lake ecology Sharing other water-based professional development opportunities
August 18 Macroinvertebrates II - What did I find and what does it tell me about the environment? Dig through your samples as we learn together (virtually) what was collected. Plus other citizen science opportunities. Wrap up discussion

Can't make these dates?

Don’t worry, the workshops will be available on the Center for Great Lakes Literacy Website at CGLL.org


Sign up for Center for Great Lakes Literacy email: https://www.cgll.org/.

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