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Educators Workshop on Great Lakes Co-sponsored by National Park

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Date: July 2, 2021
Contact: Wendy Smith, 219-395-1987

On Saturday, July 17, formal educators, naturalists, youth leaders, and others who work with 6th – 12th grade learners are invited to participate in a free, two-hour, virtual workshop focused on Great Lakes ecosystems, stewardship, and science! Dr. Cary Troy, from Purdue University, is conducting research along the Indiana shoreline, and will share information, on-line tools, and data-based activities related to Lake Michigan water levels, waves, and shoreline erosion. Participants will also learn about Great Lakes Literacy Principles, on-line and place-based educational activities, and stewardship/citizen science opportunities at Indiana Dunes National Park. 

The workshop will run from 8:45 – 10:45 a.m. C.S.T. and is sponsored by the Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Indiana Dunes National Park, and the Great Lakes Research and Education Center. In addition to resources shared during the workshop, the Center for Great Lakes Literacy will provide an opportunity for participants to receive a $250 stipend contingent upon their completion of 60 minutes of pre-homework, workshop attendance, development of an integration action plan, and an evaluation. Up to 4 Professional Growth Points (PGPs) are available through Purdue University Northwest and Professional Development Credits (PDH’s)are available from University of Illinois. Pre-registration is required by July 12, and registration is limited. To register, visit

The Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 423 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Over 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.

Last updated: July 7, 2021

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Porter , IN 46304


219 395-1882
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