Education Links

Limno Loan Program

Check out the Limno Loan Program! This program provides the opportunity for educators to borrow actual monitoring equipment used by scientists in the field and for students to experience collecting and analyzing real water-quality data. It is a great way to bring to life the topic of water quality for your students, and bring the outdoors to your classroom or your classroom outdoors!


US EPA Research Vessel Lake Guardian

Learn about the Great Lakes Research Vessel, the R/V  Lake Guardian, and the research and education opportunities associated with it.


Nab the Aquatic Invader

Nab the Aquatic Invader! is 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.


Fresh and Salt Curriculum

Fresh and Salt is a collection of activities connecting Great Lakes and ocean science topics to enhance teacher capabilities for accessing science information in Great Lakes and ocean sciences. Designed to be used by teachers in grades 5-10, this exemplary collection provides teachers with an interdisciplinary approach to ensure students achieve optimum science understanding of both Great Lakes and Ocean Literacy Principles. A varied range of instructional modes is offered, including data interpretation; experimentation; simulation; interactive mapping; and investigation.


NOAA Educator Opportunities

The Educator Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available to educators through NOAA. Using the tabs below, educators can find information on in-person workshops, online trainings, field experiences, and conferences and events where NOAA staff will be in attendance.


Teaching Great Lakes Science: Lessons and Data Sets

“Welcome to Great Lakes Lessons! This website features a suite of lessons, activities and data sets all focused on various scientific aspects of the Great Lakes. Throughout the website, you will find usable data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into formal and informal educational settings and many are multidisciplinary. All the lessons, activities, teacher tools and data sets are free.”

All lessons are fully developed and read to use. They have clear learning objectives, background information, and complete hands-on learning activities making it easy for any educator to implement these in their classroom or outside. Use these lessons to enrich already existing curriculum and subject matter.


Estuary Education: National Estuarine Research Reserve System

“ helps educators bring the beauty and the importance of estuaries into classrooms and educational programs. This site provides, primarily, an avenue for elementary, middle and high school students, and their teachers, to learn more about estuaries, research, and explore NOAA’s “living laboratories” – the National Estuarine Research Reserves.”

Features include current content, real-time data, FREE online curriculum, live broadcasts and a video collection, resources, a glossary, and are recommended for teachers, students, and anyone interested in estuaries and coastal issues.


National Estuarine Research Reserve System: Centralized Data Management Office

“NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) acknowledges the importance of both long-term environmental monitoring programs and data and information dissemination through the support of the NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP). The goal of the SWMP is to “identify and track short-term variability and long-term changes in the integrity and biodiversity of representative estuarine ecosystems and coastal watersheds for the purpose of contributing to effective national, regional and site specific coastal zone management”.”

This website is home to real-time data for the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve’s monitoring stations. The three stations are located at the Oliver Bridge on the St. Louis River, the LSNERR’ sentinel site in Pokegama Bay, and at Barker’s Island on the St. Louis River.