The Great Lakes Research and Education Center

The Great Lakes Research and Education Center (GLREC) is part of a network of Research Learning Centers (RLCs) established by the National Park Service to promote research and scientific understanding in our national parks. Through these efforts, RLCs bring science and education together to preserve and protect areas of national significance, like the Great Lakes.

The GLREC collaborates with partners to increase the effectiveness and communication of scientific research in partner parks in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota by:

  • facilitating the use of parks for scientific inquiry
  • promoting science-informed decision-making¬†
  • communicating the relevance of and providing access to research knowledge
  • promoting science literacy and resource stewardship,
  • integrating science into park resource management, educational outreach programs, and visitor experiences.¬†

Get to Know the GLREC

  • A researcher records the number of mussels observed at a site along Village Creek.
    Research Resources

    Research is essential to develop data and knowledge to inform how NPS manages and educates around natural and cultural resources

  • Ranger in uniform standing and facing a group of young adults
    Educational Resources

    The GLREC works with educators, partners, and interpretive staff at partner parks to bring new research findings to the public.

  • Sea arch in sandstone over Lake Superior at Picture Rocks National Park
    GLREC Partner Parks

    GLREC supports scientific research and education related to the natural and cultural resources of Great Lakes partner parks.

  • Volunteer in hip waders planting a native plant plug in a wetlands
    Get Involved

    There are many ways to get involved including research, internships, citizen science, volunteering and educational opportunities.

Last updated: May 1, 2024