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Additional Environmental Education Databases

Additional Internet Resources

Great Lakes

  • GLIN T.E.A.C.H. Great Lakes
    T.E.A.C.H. Great Lakes features hyper-linked information on many Great Lakes topics: environment, history & culture, geography, pollution and careers & business. Geared for elementary through high school students, the topics are continually expanded and updated and include links to a glossary to help explain scientific terms and acronyms. Questions from viewers are answered in the "Vault of Knowledge."
  • Great Lakes Collaborative Science Activities
    Brief description and contact for CD of mostly plant-related science activities.
  • Great Lakes Radio Consortium
    The Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in the Great Lakes region. Text and audio available.
  • Great Lakes Television Consortium
    Video partner to the GLRC. The site provides background on productions related to the Great Lakes, viewing times on TV, an opportunity to purchase and on-line video.
  • Great Lakes Sportfishing Council
    The Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council is a nonprofit advocacy organization concerned about the present and future of sport fishing and its economic benefits in the Great Lakes. The site is a "one-stop shop" for anything related to fishing in the Great Lakes, from boats for sale to exotics to news items to news groups. Multiple links to more information.
  • Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies
    The site describes the projects and programs of the Great Lakes Center for Maritime Studies (GLCMS), founded in 1997 to help unite the study of Great Lakes maritime history, culture, and ecology.
  • The Lake Game
    Minnesota Sea Grant
    This free booklet is designed to teach youth and adults about the conflicting demands on Minnesota's lakes. Players learn how to balance decisions related to water pollution, personal values, and economics.
  • Ohio Sea Grant Earth Systems Education
    Ohio Sea Grant
    Description and list of general Earth Systems Education programs (OSG) and link to order form for specific programs.
Fish, Fisheries, Aquatic
  • Bridge
    Bridge is a growing collection of marine education resources and links available on-line. It provides educators with information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. Only a few topics link to Great Lakes information. Site contains excellent, homegrown activities utilizing real data on diverse marine topics.
  • Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
    Home site for the RBFF, with links to RBFF programs: takemefishing.org and National Fishing and Boating Week. Contains information and research on national marketing and ad campaigns, including ways to download and use ads in your local context.
  • Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC)
    The Aquaculture Network Information Center (AquaNIC) is a portal to a wide variety of information on aquaculture around the world. Contains an education section designed for outreach educators, and fairly active discussion boards.
  • Big Fish!
    Wisconsin Sea Grant
    Information on 10 fish that are either characteristic of Great Lakes environments, or were good representatives of groups of fish that are found in the Great Lakes but receive little attention.
  • Fish for All: The Legacy of Lake Michigan Fisheries Management and Policy
    The "Fish for All" documentation project collected oral histories, artifacts, photographs, documents, and observed the work of state-licensed commercial fishers, Native American fishers, and sport fishers to explore the shared and complicated history of the Great Lakes region through a travelling exhibit and book. The exhibit is reprised on this site.
  • Fishes of the Great Lakes - The Great Lakes Faunal Atlas
    University of Guelph
    Descriptive and purchase site for CD containing information on 148 Great Lakes fish. Topics include descriptions, ecology, reproduction and distribution, while sound, 3-D animation and cartoons enliven the pages of virtual library books on the general biology, morphology, and evolution of fishes. Interactive fishing game allows you to keep only what you identify.
  • Fisheries Resource Center
    New York Sea Grant
    This site features information on the biology, life history, distribution, management and regulation for species that are targeted by the region's avid sport fishers. Designed for beginners and people with less experience in fishing, this website allows users an opportunity to find hints to improve their fishing skills- angling tips, rigging, knot tying, hook selection, angling etiquette and releasing techniques.
  • Project FISH
    Website in support of reviewed program. Contains program description, coming events, workshops and registration materials; some program support available.
  • Project FLOW
    This website for teachers provides three units: Food Web, Water, and Fish, with five lessons plans each. Lessons are designed for the classroom or playground, and linked to educational standards. The final material was not completed in time for review.
Water
  • Educating Young People About Water
    Educating Young People About Water (EYPAW) contains guides and a water curricula database which provides assistance in developing a community-based, youth water education program. These resources target youth and link educators to key community members in order to build partnerships and meet common water education goals.
  • Project WET
    Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit water education program for educators of young people ages 5-18. The program facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of internationally sponsored Project WET programs. The site describes WET, and provides access to it and other, supplemental materials, as well as providing links to local WET programs.
Other
  • Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
    The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) identifies effective curriculum resources, creates high-quality professional development materials, and disseminates useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.
  • EE-Link, Environmental Education on the Internet
    EE-Link, a function of NAAEE, is designed to support "students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education, such as media specialists, in-service providers, nature center staff and curriculum developers." The site contains environmentally based school projects, classroom activities and lesson plans, environmental facts and data from many sources, curriculum directory guides, audio visual catalogs, software, conference and workshop announcements, higher education links, facts, grants, literature pointers, regional information, and links to other environmental sites.
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    Description: The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. About 10% of the referenced documents are available on-line for free (non-journal only).
  • GLOBE
    GLOBE is a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based program that gives students the opportunity to take measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover/phenology and report their data on site, at times through collaborative projects.
  • NOAA Education and Outreach
    NOAA's many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.
Additional Print Resources

Great Lakes

  • Great Lakes Environmental Education Center. Forthcoming. Directory of Great Lakes Education Materials.
  • Fish, Fisheries, Aquatic Crook, A. and M. Zint. 1998. Guide to fisheries education resources for grades K-12. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
  • International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 1994. Survey of state fish and wildlife aquatic education programs.
Marine
  • Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. 1994. Marine education: A bibliography of educational materials available from the nation's Sea Grant programs.
Water
  • Andrews, E. 1995. Educating young people about water: A guide to goals and resources with an emphasis on nonformal and school enrichment settings. ERIC A-1117.
Vessels for Great Lakes Education
  • Annis Water Resources Institute
    Grand Valley State University
    The Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) offers the Water Resources Outreach Education Program for schools and community groups from its own research and education vessels, the D. J. ANGUS and the W. G. JACKSON. The site contains a linked description of the program and other activities of the AWRI. Included is an Instructor's Manual that provides extensive resource information linked to the activities aboard ship, and data sets from previous cruises.
  • Great Lakes Sea Cadet Program
    U.S.Naval Sea Cadet Corps
    This site describes the program, projects and ship of the Michigan component of the U.S.Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
  • Inland Seas Education Association
    Support site for the Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) Schoolship program (updated review on-site), a floating classroom where people of all ages can gain first-hand training and experience in the Great Lakes ecosystem. It describes the programs and ships, contains downloadable teacher and student resources, media information and photos, and offers merchandise for sale.
  • The Great Lakes Education Program
    Michigan Sea Grant
    Program and registration information for the GLE Program (reviewed on-site).
  • Environmental Rediscoveries
    Website for schoolship program operating in Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie (reviewed on-site).
Organizations of Interest

Great Lakes Education

  • Great Lakes Information Network
    The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the region's environment, economy, tourism, education and more. Portal to T.E.A.C.H. Great Lakes site.
  • Great Lakes Environmental Education Center (NY)
    The Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education offers a one-stop approach to Great Lakes education for both formal and non-formal educators, linking them to publications, curricula guides, resource materials and training programs. There is an extensive list of program links on-line, and other materials at the center itself.
  • Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
    Sea Grant - a unique partnership of public and private sectors that combines research, education and technology transfer for public service - is a national network of universities, including the Sea Grant sites described below, which meet the changing environmental and economic needs of Americans in coastal ocean and Great Lakes regions. Its site contains program descriptions, a searchable staff directory and a media center, as well as an extensive digital library of Sea Grant publications on a number of topics, including education.
  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
    Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program fosters the creation and stewardship of an enhanced and sustainable environment and economy along Southern Lake Michigan and in the Great Lakes region through research, education and outreach. The site contains general information, as well as a link to the IISG Education Page (above). Free downloadable products are available, and products for sale can be ordered.
  • Michigan Sea Grant
    Michigan Sea Grant, a joint program of University of Michigan and Michigan State University, currently funds research projects, and education and outreach activities. The site contains general information, a bookstore and education page which links to Project FLOW  and a purple loosestrife program (reviewed on-site).
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
    The University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program enhances the state's coastal environment and economy through high-quality research and public education programs. The site contains general information, on-line publications, images and audio files as well as news, events and a staff directory.
  • New York Sea Grant
    New York Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. The site contains general information on NYSG, and links to more than a dozen extension web sites on various topics. Publications are described, but most must be ordered off-site.
  • Ohio Sea Grant
    The Ohio State University's Lake Erie Programs Site, which includes the Center for Lake Erie Area Research, the Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium, Stone Labs and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, which uses research, education, and outreach efforts to enhance use and improve management of this nation's ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. The site contains general information on all programs, including an extensive list of education programs and a discussion board on Lake Erie.
  • Pennsylvania Sea Grant
    Pennsylvania Sea Grant aims to increase public awareness of and solutions to environmental and economic coastal-related issues through extension, education, applied research, and communications outreach. The site contains information on PSG in general, and on its education (including a schoolship - reviewed here - and other cooperative programs), extension and research programs, as well as providing downloadable publications.
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant
    Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources. The site contains information on WSG in general, and on its education (including some downloadable activities), extension and research programs, as well as providing publications (some free) that can be ordered on-line. You can also order books and videos from the Water Library.
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
    The Alliance works with teachers, scientists, economists, legal specialists, government representatives, communities and individuals to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource through policy, education and local efforts aimed at preserving the Great Lakes region as a national treasure. The site contains information on the Alliance, an on-line store, publications, a calendar of events, volunteer and job opportunities and news articles.
  • National Wildlife Federation, Great Lakes Office
    NWF unites people throughout the eight-state Great Lakes region, the U.S. and Canada to protect the world's greatest freshwater seas, the surrounding ecosystem, and the benefits they provide to people and wildlife. The site provides a window into all NWF programs and publications, sorted by topic, and an on-line store.
Great Lakes
  • Great Lakes Commission
    The Great Lakes Commission is a binational agency that promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River. The site contains Commission news, public events, publications, and information on key Great Lakes issues.
  • The Great Lakes Fishery Commission
    The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has two major responsibilities: develop coordinated programs of research on the Great Lakes and recommend measures which will sustain the productivity of fish stocks; and implement a program to eradicate or minimize sea lamprey populations. The site contains downloadable reports and publications, fish images that can be downloaded or requested, and information on sea lamprey control, fisheries management and research.
  • Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    The site contains publications and information on various Great Lakes topics of interest to the EPA, including invasive species, toxic chemicals, environmental indicators, Areas of Concern and a Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes.
  • International Joint Commission
    The International Joint Commission is an independent, binational organization whose purpose is to help prevent and resolve disputes relating to the use and quality of boundary waters and to advise Canada and the United States on related questions. Site has activities, documents and discussion related to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, a virtual library of related publications (some downloadable), press releases and contacts.
  • U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center
    The U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center provides scientific information for the sound management of Great Lakes fish populations and other important natural resources in the basin. Program information includes restoration ecology, nearshore/coastal ecology, species at risk and invasive species, while the site also includes downloadable reports and data. A virtual library provides mostly annotated links.
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
    The International Association for Great Lakes Research is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world, as well as those with an interest in such research. The site contains their journal articles (abstracts available; full text to subscribers), information on membership, press releases and job postings.

Michigan

  • Now known as CORA (Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority)
    Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority (COTFMA)
    CORA provides biological services that ensure proper regulation of tribal fisheries and cooperative management with federal and state agencies. The InterTribal Fisheries Assessment Program (ITFAP) serves as the center for fishery catch statistics, recommends harvest levels, carries out population research and studies, and represents CORA on numerous interagency committees and organizations. The site describes the organization and functions of CORA, and provides treaties and court decisions, news and press releases, and fact sheets.
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
    The Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency. Its purpose is environmental protection, facilitated through many interactive and data driven environmental online services, which include programs, related information, grants (if applicable) and links. Download permits, information on licenses and certifications, and related training. Major site divisions: air, land, waste and water.
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    Michigan DNR protects Michigan's environment, conserves its natural resources, and provides outdoor opportunities for the State's citizens and visitors. The site offers fishing and hunting licenses on-line, as well as campground and harbor reservations, on-line publications and maps, information on outdoor learning opportunities and a kids' page, as well as a wealth of resource-related information and access to Michigan's on-line store.
  • Michigan State University Extension
    MSUE helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical needs, issues and opportunities. This is a portal site accessing information on agriculture, community, health, environment, home & garden and youth & family.
  • Michigan United Conservation Clubs
    MUCC works to conserve Michigan's wildlife, fisheries, waters, forests, air, and soils by providing information, education and advocacy. The site contains MUCC's activities related to numerous environmental topics, and includes an education section that describes programs and courses, a monthly kids magazine and a kids camp.

Fish

  • American Sportfishing Association
    As the sportfishing industry's trade association, ASA safeguards and promotes the enduring social, economic, and conservation values of sportfishing in America. The site provides member services, and contains news and press releases, fishing stats, and links to partner sites: FishAmerica Foundation, Future Fisherman Foundation and Take Me Fishing.
  • International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
    IAFWA represents the government agencies responsible for North America's fish and wildlife resources, and applies expertise in science, policy, economics and coalition-building to serve its members as a national and international voice on a broad array of wildlife and conservation issues. The site contains general information and news, projects and grants, publications, upcoming events, a job listserve and links to state and provincial member agencies.
  • Izaak Walton League of America
    This site describes the League's projects in defense of the nation's soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. It also contains an action center where legislators can be contacted on conservation issues and an on-line store.
  • National 4-H Sportfishing Committee
    The site describes the 4-H fishing program, provides sample resources and resource guides, a calendar of events, local program contacts and information on how to get involved.
  • Trout Unlimited
    Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds through an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. The site provides information about TU and its conservation projects, membership benefits and the opportunity to join or donate.
  • Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fisherman's Association
    The Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association (MSSFA) is a multi-state, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public on improving, preserving and promoting sport fishing in the Great Lakes and their tributary streams and rivers. The site provides news and information, links to chapter sites, newsletters and articles, and access to legislators. You can also find out weather and water level information pertinent to fishing, and participate in discussion forums.

Aquaria/Museums/Zoos

  • Great Lakes Aquarium
    Great Lakes Aquarium captures the wonder and excitement of Lake Superior, inspires responsibility for the world's large lakes and fresh water, and creates understanding of their value. The site provides basic information about the aquarium, takes you on a short virtual tour and describes volunteer opportunities. An education catalog and a "freshwater experience" are under construction.
  • Michigan Fish Hatcheries
    This site provides an overview of and rationale for Michigan's Fish Hatchery System and production program, a map of hatchery and weir locations, and specific information and pictures of the six state hatcheries, including hatchery hours and areas of interest to the public.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science
    CIS programs and exhibits encourage children and adults to understand scientific concepts through experimentation, raising questions, encouraging investigation, and guiding visitors to answers. The site provides general and exhibit information, upcoming events, show times, and an extensive section on learning & exploring which describes a wide range of education programs.
  • The Field Museum
    Harris Education Loan Program
    As an educational institution, the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. The site provides general and exhibit information and an on-line store. The education section describes a range on on- and off-site opportunities, including a unique educational loan program for educators and families in the Chicago area. Exhibit cases, experience boxes and AV materials are available on-site or on-line.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    The Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium, with both salt- and freshwater exhibits. The site describes the Shedd and its events and programs, including a new conservation initiative, exhibit animals, and exhibits, and a wide range of on- and off-site education programs. Activity guides and discovery boxes are described and available by phone for sale or rent. Home of GLEAMS - Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science, a chapter of the National Marine Educators Association.
Internet Sites with Information on Great Lakes Topics

Art

  • Great Acts for Great Lakes
    Great Acts for Great Lakes offers environmental education and responsibility, creativity and fun all in one virtual classroom activity. Students in grades one through eight in Ontario explore and express ideas about the environment through an individual or collaborative art or science project that can be shared with others. The site provides on-line registration (includes information kit), program description and previous winners, as well as simple activities, information and links on a number of topics: the Great Lakes, Environmental Citizenship, Atmosphere and Climate, Water, Spaces and Species and Waste.
Areas of Concern Biodiversity
  • Animal Diversity Web (ADW)
    ADW is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan
  • The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Office
    The Great Lakes Program develops and implements strategies to address the main threats to Great Lakes biodiversity - altered hydrology, habitat destruction and invasive species. The site provides program information, news, partners, volunteer information, donation options and its Conservation Blueprint for the Great Lakes, a plan for conserving and protecting the natural life of this region.
Exotic Species
  • The Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site
    The Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site (SGNIS) is a national information center that contains a comprehensive collection of research publications and education materials produced by Sea Grant programs and other research institutions across the country on zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species.
  • Aquatic Nuisance Species Handbook
    This downloadable handbook informs public officials and other interested parties of the prevention and control of unintentionally introduced aquatic nuisance species in our marinas, lakes, parks, and other areas throughout Michigan. Some of the species that can be harmful to the environment include the zebra mussel, Eurasian milfoil, purple loosestrife, round goby, and ruffe.
  • Exotic Aquatics on the Move
    Project site for program (reviewed here) which includes extensive general and species-specific information and photos of exotics in the U.S. (including the Great Lakes), links, geography standards, general program information, on-line ordering, and a downloadable resource on completed, project-based community stewardship projects.
  • Exotics To Go!
    Site which describes a CD containing 22 publications in PDF format describing zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, several fish and two waterfleas, lists of people to contact about ANS concerns, and seven adaptable PowerPoint presentations -including scripts, images, and talking points-- that focus on zebra mussel impacts and control. All materials were peer-reviewed to ensure quality.
  • Nab the Aquatic Invader
    Interactive, on-line detective game about exotic species for kids in grades 4-10. The site contains significant background information and links for educators wishing to use the game as a unit on ANS. Displayable projects are encouraged, and can be submitted for inclusion on-site.
Fisheries
  • Great Lakes Fishery Commission
    The Great Lakes Fishery Commission has two major responsibilities: develop coordinated programs of research on the Great Lakes and recommend measures which will sustain the productivity of fish stocks; and implement a program to eradicate or minimize sea lamprey populations. The site contains downloadable reports and publications, fish images that can be downloaded or requested, and information on sea lamprey control, fisheries management and research.
  • American Fisheries Society
    The American Fisheries Society (AFS) improves the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. The site provides program information, membership services, an on-line resource catalog and bookstore, chapter information, and continuing education opportunities for professionals. Included is the Guide to Fisheries Education, an inventory and review of a variety of aquatic resource education materials and programs available to primary and secondary teachers and aquatic resources instructors (http://64.224.98.53/publications/catbooks/x55026.shtml).
Native American
  • Now known as CORA (Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority)
    Chippewa Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority (COTFMA)
    CORA provides biological services that ensure proper regulation of tribal fisheries and cooperative management with federal and state agencies. The InterTribal Fisheries Assessment Program (ITFAP) serves as the center for fishery catch statistics, recommends harvest levels, carries out population research and studies, and represents CORA on numerous interagency committees and organizations. The site describes the organization and functions of CORA, and provides treaties and court decisions, news and press releases, and fact sheets.
  • Great Lakes Intertribal Council
    The Council represents all Wisconsin tribes. This website provides information about community events, cultural communication activities, accommodations, and attractions in Indian Country within the Great Lakes Intertribal Council and Heritage Tourism membership.
Professional Associations
  • American Fisheries Society
    The American Fisheries Society (AFS) improves the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. The site provides program information, membership services, an on-line resource catalog and bookstore, chapter information, and continuing education opportunities for professionals.
  • American Zoo & Aquarium Association
    The American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. The website offers program information (including a significant education section) and membership services, lists and contacts for all members, news and media kits, and job listings.
  • Aquatic Resources Education Association
    The Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) is a national not-for-profit association dedicated to furthering aquatic education. The site provides information, member contacts by state, conference information and an active listserv.
  • National Marine Educators Association
    The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water--both fresh and salt. The site provides chapter information, career opportunities, news, announcements and an active listserv.
  • North American Association for Environmental Education
    The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America, taking a cooperative, nonconfrontational, scientifically-balanced approach to promoting education about environmental issues. The site provides conference and symposium information, career opportunities, publication descriptions (some on-line, including Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence used here to evaluate materials), and a pilot resource review program.
Sources with an interest in supporting Great Lakes (fisheries) education efforts in Michigan:

Government and related sources:

  • Michigan Sea Grant
    Michigan Sea Grant page describing their research program, including funding opportunities, criteria and guidelines.
  • National Sea Grant Office
    National Sea Grant page describing their funding and fellowships program, including current requests for proposals.
  • Great Lakes Protection Fund
    The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a permanent environmental endowment that supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The site contains the fund's current areas of interest, preproposal and general funding guidelines, topics of special interest and a description of active grants.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes
    Program Office
    Site contains current requests for proposals, forms and information, regulations and policies, and descriptions of funded projects.
  • Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region - Federal Aid
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Assistance efficiently and effectively administers grant programs and works with fish and wildlife agencies in a mutually responsible, cooperative and creative grant partnership to protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and habitat resources for present and future public benefit. The site describes these grant programs - including the purpose, eligible participants, funding source, matching requirements, and details about the project selection process, including grant writing guidelines.
  • Environmental Education Grants
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    The Grants Program supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. The site provides regional grant contacts, previous grants awarded, how to apply and tips for successful applications.

Foundation sources include:

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    This site provides detailed information about the C.S. Mott Foundation's programs, as well as grant guidelines, descriptions of current grants, news and downloadable publications.
  • Detroit Edison Foundation
    The Foundation is the charitable arm of DTE Energy. The site describes areas considered for grant support, including environmental education and the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • Fish America Foundation
    The Fish America Foundation unites the sportfishing industry with conservation groups, government natural resource agencies, corporations, and charitable foundations to invest in fish and habitat conservation and research across the country. The site describes the foundation, provides news, specific requests for proposals, including guidelines, application forms and reporting requirements, and funded projects.
  • George Gund Foundation
    The George Gund Foundation provides grants in six major areas, including education and the environment in Cleveland, NE Ohio, and Lake Erie. The site describes the foundation and its programs, provides program guidelines and proposal procedures, and describes grants awarded.
  • Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network & Fund
    C.S. Mott Foundation
    GLAHNF provides advocacy support and financial resources, shares information and fosters communication between citizens and organizations working to protect aquatic habitats. The site provides general foundation, funding program and regional contact information, grants awarded, requests for proposals, eligibility, criteria, process and forms.
  • Great Lakes Fishery Trust
    The Great Lakes Fishery Trust provides funding to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources.
  • Joyce Foundation
    The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes, reduce poverty and violence in the region, and ensure that its people have access to good schools, decent jobs, and a diverse and thriving culture. The site provides general foundation and funding program information, links to other granting organizations, grants awarded, guidelines, priorities, process and forms.
  • Laidlaw Foundation
    The Laidlaw Foundation supports initiatives that nurture and strengthen the capacities of current and future generations of civically engaged Canadians. The site provides general foundation and funding program information, the granting process, preferences, restrictions and grantee stories.
  • National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
    The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education through the development of new policies, grant-making approaches, and direct programming to advance environmental literacy in America. The site provides project and program information, on-line publications and funding opportunities.
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education. The site contains news, grant programs, funding guidelines and deadlines, funding partners and employment opportunities.
  • National Forest Foundation
    The NFF provides financial support to our partner organizations and raises funds to effectively double or triple the total contribution to numerous local conservation initiatives. The site describes three types of grant programs and provides guidelines and criteria for each.
  • Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
    The RBFF provides limited opportunities to apply for cooperative funding agreements in marketing and outreach, particularly the areas of underserved audiences (ethnic minorities, women, disabled persons), public/private partnerships and tourism initiatives. Summaries of current agreements are listed.
  • Richard Ivey Fund
    The Richard Ivey Foundation is a private charitable foundation that improves and enriches the well-being of Canadians by focusing its energy and resources on selected issues of significance. The site contains recent grants, annual reports, application guidelines and contact information.
  • Wege Foundation (no web site available; phone: 616-957-0480)
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a nonprofit organization which provides grants in the program areas of Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. The site provides useful publications, including grantee toolkits, guidelines and an on-line grant process.
  • The Foundation Center
    The Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The site contains a subscription database of up to 80,000 funders and 500,000 recent grants, as well as grantmaker websites, grantseeker tools, a learning lab and research on philanthropy.

Local fisherman's clubs might be interested in helping to raise funds and/or be a source of volunteers and equipment\supplies:

  • Trout Unlimited - local chapters might be particularly helpful.
    Trout Unlimited's mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds through an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. The site provides information about TU and its conservation projects, membership benefits and the opportunity to join or donate.
  • The Future Fisherman Foundation
    The Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry with a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, and youth organizations. The site offers information on education programs - Hooked on Fishing., Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, and 4-H Sportfishing, as well as the National Fishing and Boating Grants Initiative: grant information, learning goals, standards, helpful resources, application and timelines, reporting requirements and successful grants.

Other potential funding sources may be found via:

  • GLIN
    The site offers a fully searchable database of well over 100 grant, fellowship and scholarship sources that have relevance for the Great Lakes audience. The database will be updated weekly and enhanced over time.
  • EE-Link
    Links from this page offer strategy and techniques to develop funding for EE programs, and information on education-related grants that may be applicable to EE. There is also a link to EE-specific funding sources.
  • Currently, there does not appear to be a similar site listing funding sources for fish/fisheries/fishing education.

All Sea Grant Offices in the Great Lakes region:

  • Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
    This page contains links to forms and instructions for researchers submitting proposals related to aquaculture, biological resources, coastal business and environment, and water quality. Guidelines and forms for reporting are also available.
  • Michigan Sea Grant
    Michigan Sea Grant identifies critical Great Lakes resource management issues and supports high-quality, university-based research through peer-reviewed competitions. The site includes proposal selection criteria, reporting and publication guidelines, current research projects and fellowship opportunities.
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
    This page describes Minnesota Sea Grant's funding and fellowship opportunities, describing the program, announcing the time for the next RFP, and linking to current, funded research.
  • New York Sea Grant
    This page describes New York Sea Grant's funding opportunities and processes, including RFP's, downloadable forms, report templates and contact information.
  • Ohio Sea Grant
    Ohio Sea Grant funds a broad range of research projects solicited from every college and university in Ohio using a competitive review process. The site contains proposal calls and forms, a project list and reporting system, and information on a small grants program.
  • Pennsylvania Sea grant
    Pennsylvania Sea Grant supports a number of small, focused, applied research projects that directly support its extension programming in three thrust areas: aquatic nuisance species, native and endangered species and water quality. Funded projects are described.
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant
    Wisconsin Sea Grant funds university research, outreach and education on ocean and Great Lakes subjects. The site provides grant opportunities, graduate student competition funding, and policies and procedures.