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Welcome to the Center for Great Lakes Literacy! 

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

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

a graphic for the webinar with the theme of Identifying native Jewelweed, with a photo of the speaker standing in a field, and an orange flower with green leaves below.

Great Lakes BioBlitz Webinar, April 10, 2024

Please join us for the 2024 Great Lakes BioBlitz Webinar featuring guest scientist Michelle Kenton of the University of Wisconsin! Ms. Keaton will present on how she uses iNaturalist to support her research in better identifying native jewelweeds. Michelle Kenton is a student researcher at UW-Madison who used iNaturalist data on the leaf shape and color indicative of North American jewelweed. Her presentation will discuss the varieties of samples she has collected on iNaturalist and how she utilizes this information to strengthen methods of native jewelweed identification. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. 

Register for the 2024 BioBlitz Webinar


3 BioBlitz photos taken by students, left; foot prints from an animal in the snow with a yellow tape measure above, middle; swamp alder in hand, right; muskrat marcsilver swimming in water. Photos courtesy Minnesota Sea Grant

Great Lakes BioBlitz, April 22, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day with the Center for Great Lakes Literacy’s 5th Annual Great Lakes BioBlitz by finding and identifying as many wild, living things as possible in the Great Lakes-connected province and states. This free event is a great opportunity to engage youth and the public in community science, collect data to support biodiversity research and conservation, and learn more about the organisms in the Great Lakes Basin.

Learn more about Great Lakes BioBlitz


Maadagindan! Start Reading! Book Club graphic showing 4 books with a wild rice plant in the background

Maadagindan! Start Reading! Book Club

Books provide a plethora of perspectives, and it is important for people from all walks of life to have access to books about their culture, language, and way of life. Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission have teamed up to host a book club called “Maadagindan! Start Reading!”, which aims to increase awareness of Ojibwe culture and teach kids, and educators, about the Great Lakes. It is open to anyone that loves to read with children. This event is monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., central time.

Learn more about the Maadagindan! Start Reading! Book Club


View of expansive Lake Michigan from atop a dune. Photo: Michigan Sea Grant

Great Lakes Literacy Education Exploration (GLLee)

GLLee opportunities are an introductory collection of resources and partners assembled in three easy steps to help teachers and youth explore Great Lakes Literacy through place-based education and stewardship opportunities in your school and community!

Learn more about GLLee

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