Steve Stewart works with coastal communities, schools, and businesses in southeast Michigan to apply science-based knowledge to address Great Lakes, western Lake Erie, and southern Lake Huron issues. His district includes St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne, and Monroe counties.
Steve developed and directs the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), a schoolship program that targets students in grades 4 and above. GLEP education involves approximately 200 classes each year in classroom learning and educational cruises on Lake St. Clair and the lower Detroit River.
He also developed and directs Summer Discovery Cruises (SDC) for the public on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Summer Discovery Cruises advance Great Lakes literacy and stewardship on the part of the more than 1,000 annual participants by helping them to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes.
Finally, Steve serves as the Michigan co-Lead for the regional Center for Great Lakes Literacy, which seeks to advance Great Lakes literacy among formal and informal educators in Michigan and the other six Great Lakes states, and build connections between the education and Great Lakes research communities.
Steve retired from Michigan Sea Grant in March 2019, but he will return on a part-time basis to assist with programming throughout 2019.
- M.S., Marine Resources Management, Texas A&M University
- B.A. Miami University
- Served as a Sea Grant Extension agent in Southeast Michigan since 1977.
Senior Extension Educator, Southeast District and Education Co-leader
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
21885 Dunham Rd., Suite 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1030
“The next generation of decision-makers needs to be better prepared to address important Great Lakes resource management issues,” Steve Stewart says. Read more for Steve’s top piece of conservation advice.
This interview is part of a series of articles honoring Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators during the 2016 National Sea Grant College Program’s 50th anniversary celebration.