Freshwater Sustainability Lab

The Freshwater Sustainability Lab, sponsored by the Fund for Lake Michigan, empowers students to become stewards of our water resources. Crucial freshwater issues including biodiversity, sources of pollution, and aquatic invasive species are explored with a focus on the future.

Plankton & the Great Lakes

45 min
Ecosystems, Food Chains, Photosynthesis

Investigate relationships between aquatic organisms and learn how scientists collect and study plankton. Learn the difference between types of plankton and become acquainted with these microscopic creatures and their important role at the bottom of the Great Lakes food chain.

DPI Standards:
Environmental Education: B.4.1
Science: F.4.1, F.4.2
Nutrition: B.4.5
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1
Lay of Land: Way of Water

45 min
Topography, Watersheds, Social Studies

Why does water flow and settle where it does? Students will visit The Great Lakes Future exhibit and model land/water cycle interaction while discovering how the physical characteristics of surface features affect the water on our planet.

DPI Standards:
Science: C.4.2
Social Studies: A.4.7, A.4.9
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: NR2.d.2.e
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: 4-ESS2-2, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS2-2