Spring 2021 GLEP Program cancelled

Given the ongoing concerns about novel coronavirus, the Spring 2021 GLEP Program has been cancelled. This was a difficult decision for Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension to make, however our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our program participants, staff, and volunteers who make this event possible. Please read our letter below.

Dear Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) teachers and participants:

Thank you for your interest in the GLEP!

Given the ongoing concerns about novel coronavirus, we are cancelling the Spring 2021 GLEP Program. This was a difficult decision for MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant to make, however our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our program participants, staff, and volunteers who make this event possible.

Despite the cancellation, MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant is committed to providing robust learning opportunities for Michigan’s families and schools; additional youth learning experiences are available this year in which youth can explore their passion for the Great Lakes and more. You can learn more about the programming offered at: michiganseagrant.org/educational-programs or canr.msu.edu/rlr. Feel free to explore NOAA’s phytoplankton monitoring network resources coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/stressor-impacts-mitigation/pmn/.

Huron Clinton Metro Parks has several resources available to educators:

We invite you to provide input to help us think about refining the program to best meet you and your students’ needs both in the short term and long-term. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes and follow the link to take the needs assessment survey: Great Lakes Education Program Needs Assessment 2021

Please also watch your inbox in August for an update on the fall session plans.

Thank you for your continued interest in GLEP and for your support and understanding of our efforts to protect participant health. If you have any specific questions or concerns not addressed above, please do not hesitate to contact us at glep@msu.edu.

 Sincerely,

The GLEP Planning Committee

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

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.