Our Mission

The Great Lakes Research and Education Center increases the effectiveness and communication of scientific research in eleven national parks in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. We are part of a network of Research Learning Centers established by the National Park Service to facilitate the use of parks for scientific inquiry, promote science literacy and resource stewardship, and integrate science into park resource management, educational outreach programs, and the visitor experience.

A woman prepares to weigh a bag of sap while a man records the tree number on a data sheet.

Be a Citizen Scientist

Citizen scientists help collect data for a research project looking at the impact of climate change on sugar maples. Learn more!

A student intern collects and identifies dragonflies to help complete a inventory of dragonflies.

Student Internships

The Great Lakes Research and Education Center supports research and education internships in national parks. Check them out!