Dive into the Great Lakes with these programming ideas!

GO BOATING

  • Build a cardboard boat
    And float it! While you’re sailing, think about what paper pollution does to water, and be sure to recycle it after.

HOLD AN EVENT

LEARN ABOUT FISH

LEARN HISTORY

  • Learn about the Freedom Seekers and Underground Railroad on the Great Lakes.
    Then, select some activities from this drive to deepen your knowledge!
  • Shipwrecks of Wisconsin
    History floats your boat? Watch this video about the over 700 ships lying underneath Wisconsin’s Great Lakes.

LEARN THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OF THE GREAT LAKES

  • Learn about water level changes
    Once you’ve viewed the data, imagine what these bodies of water will look like in the next year. Can you draw, sculpt, collage, or create other art about this?
  • Learn how water shapes Wisconsin
    Are you an educator? Teach your students about how water shapes Wisconsin, and join the flow with these Great Lakes Small Streams activities.
  • Borrow an education kit
    Borrow one of our Great Lakes education kits and have fun exploring topics like invasive species, plastic pollution and Great Lakes fish.
  • Food webs for Lakes Superior and Michigan
    Get to know the food webs that make up our state’s Great Lakes, Superior and Michigan. Once you’ve explored, try drawing your own.

MAKE OR DO ART

  • Color the Great Lakes
    Enjoy these printable coloring sheets, created by Wisconsin Sea Grant for all Great Lakes lovers!
  • Draw an invasive species
    View profiles of common aquatic invasive species and create a sketch to help educate yourself and stop the spread.
  • Put on a play about plastic pollution
    This script for “Me and Debry” make plastic education fun! Scripts are downloadable and free to use. Just a few props is all you need.

PLAY GAMES

TAKE ACTION

VIRTUAL VISIT

WRITE OR SING

  • Write about your water experiences.
    Nature journaling is a wonderful way to sit and enjoy the Great Lakes and to take time to reflect. Bring along a small notebook when you visit your local water body. Take a look around you and observe what you see. These are observations can be captured in your notebook with narrative writing, poetry or sketches. Be sure to note the date, time, temperature, weather of your reflection. Not sure how to start? Begin with these: “I notice… I wonder… This reminds me of…” And add a drawing, a sketch, a doodle. It’s your nature journal.
  • Learn about Great Lakes sea shanties
    Sea shanties are traditional folk songs, commonly sung while working aboard the schooners that explored the Great Lakes. Or better yet, write a shanty of your own! And be sure to learn all about the sea shanties of Black sailors on the Great Lakes.
  • Words and Water for the young and the young of heart. Coming soon!

 

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