From hands-on cruises and camps, to classroom publications and online resources about science, technology, engineering and math, Michigan Sea Grant’s education program supports science education and 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. Sea Grant education programs and resources provide a rich geographic context that allows students to gain a better understanding of how they are connected to the Great Lakes.

Become a coastal steward by incorporating Great Lakes education content into your programs, learning more about Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes issues.


Teaching Great Lakes Science – STEM

  • 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 Teaching Great Lakes Science provides teachers with methods that support students summarizing knowledge, analyzing data and evaluating findings about Great Lakes science, technology, engineering and math.

Great Lakes FieldScope

  • A dynamic mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool, Great Lakes FieldScope is used by educators, students and volunteers (citizen scientists) to investigate real-world issues.
  • Explore data layers, such as rivers and streams, watershed boundaries, water depth, political boundaries, elevation and land cover.
  • Upload field data, including quantitative measurements, photos and field notes.
  • Great Lakes FieldScope is made possible by Michigan Sea Grant, National Geographic Education, the Great Lakes Observing System and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

National Ocean Science Bowl – Great Lakes Bowl

  • The Great Lakes Bowl is part of a national academic competition. Teams of high school students compete in matches that feature quiz-bowl style rounds and challenge questions that test a team’s ocean and Great Lakes knowledge.
  • Michigan Sea Grant and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment host this annual event. Become a coach and lead a team to victory.

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