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Trimming our Sails: Land-Based Workshops about the Great Lakes and Inland Waters (a virtual workshop series and networking events)

Registration/Application Deadline: June 17, 2020
Event Dates: Wednesdays, July 13 through August 19, 2020. Workshops 9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m. "Joyful Hours" (networking events) 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Event location: The comfort of your own space, via Zoom
Intended Audience: 4th through 12th grade teachers and educators in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Workshop theme: Great Lakes and the Human Connection (Great Lakes Literacy Principle #6)

Workshop series summary: Join Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant for a 6 week workshop series that explores Great Lakes Literacy Principle 6: How the Great Lakes influence humans, and how humans influence the Great Lakes. Learn from educators who have participated in shipboard science workshops, researchers, and Center for Great Lakes Literacy staff about Great Lakes science along with classroom and field applications. 

Why? Learn about the Great Lakes, meet new or reunite with colleagues, touch base with scientists and other professionals, share your experiences, and earn a stipend for participating in four of the six workshops and completing an action plan (up to 10 stipends per state so register early). Additionally, teachers who sign up for both macroinvertebrate sessions will become eligible to enter a drawing to win a Leaf Pack Network leaf pack kit.

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 so a Zoom link can be sent. 

Joyful Hour: Each of the workshops 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. While “Joyful Hours” are optional, registration is required so we have an estimate of how many people to expect.

Who should attend the Joyful Hours? Teachers and educators who have participated in Center for Great Lakes Literacy shipboard science workshops or are interested in learning more about Center for Great Lakes Literacy training opportunities and resources.

Where are these events taking place? Anywhere you have the ability to participate via Zoom.


Workshops: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  1. July 15: Macroinvertebrates I – what can macroinvertebrates tell you about the health of an aquatic environment?
  2. July 22: Plankton and water chemistry (water quality)
  3. July 29: Cyanobacteria and toxic blooms
  4. August 5: Microplastics
  5. August 12: Winter lake ecology
  6. August 19: 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.

Joyful Hours: Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  1. July 15: Denis Sullivan shipboard science
  2. July 22: Successes and challenges of implementing Great lakes and aquatic sciences with students
  3. July 29: Lake Guardian shipboard science
  4. August 5: Using curriculum kits
  5. August 12: Sharing other water-based professional development opportunities
  6. August 19: Wrap up discussion

Where do I register? Register here:

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry, the workshops will be available on the Center for Great Lakes Literacy Website at Please note that only participants who attended four of the six live workshops are eligible for stipends.

Additional Details

Target audience: 4th through 12th grade teachers and educators in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Cost? Stipend? Travel costs? Credits?: Cost is free. Registration is required. Stipends are available for a limited number of participants from each state who attend at least four of the six workshops and complete an action plan.
For more information: Minnesota teachers and educators contact Marte Kitson, [email protected], 218-726-8305. Wisconsin teachers and educators contact Anne Moser [email protected], 608-262-3069.

Application Materials

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