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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.

Great Lakes Most Unwanted

45 min
Invasive Species, Environmental Science

Learn what aquatic invasive species are, how they are introduced to the Great Lakes, and why they are unwanted. Students will observe live and preserved specimens in and how they affect our ecosystems.

DPI Standards:
Science: F.8.6, F.8.8, F.8.10
Environmental Science: B.8.5, B.8.8
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: NR2.d.14.m
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: MS-ESS3-3, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2
Tipping Point to Toxicity

60 min
Bio-Magnification, Environmental Monitoring, Toxicity Testing

Learn how high toxicity levels and bio-magnification affect humans and the environment by studying toxins that pose problems in the Great Lakes. Students participate in a simulated environmental investigation to pinpoint the source of pollution fouling a local water supply.

DPI Standards:
Science: C.8.6, G.8.2, H.8.3,
Environmental Education: B.8.10, B.8.19, B.8.21,
Technology and Engineering: ET1.c.3.m
Next Generation Science Standards Addressed: MS-ESS3-3
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