The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), in cooperation with the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, integrates elements of geography, history, biology and physical sciences in each of its three components:

Classroom Introduction to Great Lakes

In the classroom, students learn about concepts such as the aquatic food web, the water cycle, the roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and the effects of invasive species.

Field Day – Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie

  • An educational cruise either on the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, or on the Detroit River and Lake Erie. An educational cruise leaving from either Macomb or Wayne County provides an opportunity for hands-on experience: students examine plankton and benthic samples, test water clarity, practice marine knot tying, take air and water temperature readings, and more. Cruises last between two and two and a half hours.
  • Shoreside interpretive programming at either Lake Erie Metropark or Lake St. Clair Metropark. Metropark Interpreters lead investigations of marshlands plants and animals using water samples, taxidermic mounts, trail walks and/or live animals. Programs blocks are usually two hours in length and vary between the two parks.

Follow-up Classroom Experiments and Discussion

Using data they’ve collected during their field day, students conduct experiments and discuss what they’ve learned.