From hands-on K-12 cruises and camps, to free online curriculum aligned to content expectations, Michigan Sea Grant offers programs and materials that enhance science education and encourage stewardship.

The Sea Grant education team supports Michigan’s formal and non-formal educators by helping youth and adults increase their knowledge about the Great Lakes and the oceans.

Become a coastal steward by incorporating content into your programs, learning more about Michigan’s coastal/Great Lakes issues and what you can do to help.


Teaching Great Lakes Science

  • Ready-to-use lessons and data sets about heat source and sink, microclimates, lake effect snow, ice cover, water temperatures, wind, sun and seasonal temperature changes, fish and fish habitat, natural resources management and careers, beach health and more.
  • By offering real-world data in a classroom-friendly format and using a guided-inquiry approach, Teaching Great Lakes Science provides teachers with methods that support students summarizing knowledge, analyzing data and evaluating findings.

Great Lakes FieldScope

  • Michigan Sea Grant partnered with National Geographic to develop Great Lakes FieldScope, a new web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool that can be used to engage students and volunteers as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues.
  • The first phase of Great Lakes FieldScope includes data layers such as: rivers and streams, watershed boundaries, water depth, political boundaries, elevation and land cover.
  • FieldScope also enables students and volunteers to upload their own field data, including quantitative measurements and field notes. This type of learning provides a rich geographic context that allows students to gain a better understanding of how they are connected to the Great Lakes.
  • Great Lakes FieldScope is made possible by Michigan Sea Grant, National Geographic Education, the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Cool Cruises: Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River

  • The Great Lakes Education Program introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience.
  • The program is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting our vital freshwater resources.

Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

  • The regional Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative is helping build the environmental stewards of tomorrow.
  • In partnership with schools and community members, students conduct projects that focus on natural resources and local community improvements. This effort is part of a statewide Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative program, supported by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.


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