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Youth Opportunities

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL)  is committed to creating student-driven opportunities that engage students of all ages in hands-on learning, research, and community engagement initiatives. Our CGLL programming serves to engage youth – through their learning – as valued coastal community and and Great Lakes conservation partners and leaders.

Supporting educational practices in both school and community contexts, the CGLL approaches youth engagement in Great Lakes learning using a variety of instructional methods. These activities can include classroom lessons or summer camp programs; meaningful watershed education experiences; and applied place-based education instructional practices and stewardship opportunities.


Two photos, left, a scientist on a research vessel out on the Lake is presenting live via a stream. Photo on the right is a classroom with students watching that live feed. Photo credit: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

Students Ask Scientists

The Sea Grant Center for Great Lakes Literacy hosts Students Ask Scientists (SAS) video calls to connect classrooms across the Great Lakes region with scientists from a range of agencies and academic institutions. During these virtual encounters, students learn about current research projects and scientific processes being used to monitor and protect the Great Lakes. And they, of course, get to ask scientists all their burning questions about the Great Lakes and what a career in science looks like.

Learn more about these video calls


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

Celebrate Earth Day with the Center for Great Lakes Literacy’s 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. Stay tuned for more information about the 2024 Great Lakes BioBlitz (April 22 – May 19, 2024).


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