There are so many ways to learn about the Great Lakes. Here are some of the best resources:
Great Lakes Literacy Principles – These are the things every person should know and understand about the Great Lakes
Great Lakes Observing System – “The Great Lakes Observing System is a coordinated network of people, equipment and technology working together to provide data about the Great Lakes in a variety of formats and applications.” Go here to find real-time data on wind, waves, temp, and lake levels, harmful algal blooms, and so much more!
Great Lakes Brochures and Factsheets – NOAA creates one-page factsheets about many important issues. They are all here.
About Our Great Lakes – Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) produced this excellent summary of the Great Lakes as a whole, plus profiles on each of the individual lakes.
Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) – GLERL is a NOAA research laboratory. Use this website to find data about the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes Aquatic Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Information – find species ranges and fact sheets for all nonindigenous species in the Great Lakes (NOAA/GLERL)
Plankton Identification Fact Sheets (Plankton ID cards p1, Plankton ID cards p2) – See common types of plankton in Lake Michigan and fascinating facts about each. Who they eat, who eats them, and their behaviour.