What is the Great Lakes Education Program?
The program introduces fourth-grade students to the unique features of the Great Lakes through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. It is designed to stimulate interest in the Great Lakes and help students understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources.
Benefits of Participating
Educational Relevance: The Great Lakes Education Program is part of an approved science curriculum for fourth-grade students and addresses an important need. Studies have shown that fourth grade students in Michigan generally have little understanding of the Great Lakes and local water resources. GLEP helps bridge this gap and prepare students for their roles as future decision-makers responsible for the state’s natural resources.
Multidisciplinary Learning: By combining natural and human elements of Michigan’s coastal resources, GLEP touches on aspects of social science, physical and biological science, mathematics, literature, and the arts–all in the context of a common theme.
Proven Effectiveness: Recent research by Michigan Sea Grant has shown that GLEP participants significantly increased their knowledge of the Great Lakes and water resources. Anecdotal comments suggest that GLEP’s hands-on activities play an important role in stimulating students’ enthusiasm and interest in learning about the Great Lakes.
Easy to Participate: As a teacher, it’s easy for your class to participate in GLEP. You need not be a Great Lakes or water resources expert. GLEP program leaders provide teachers with all necessary learning materials, a training workshop, support contacts, and volunteer assistance.