Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant combines research, education and outreach to empower southern Lake Michigan communities to secure a healthy environment and economy. These are trying times for the environment. With climate change upon us, as well as a host of other concerns, such as population growth, aquatic invasive species, contaminated waters, and loss of natural habitat, the southern Lake Michigan region faces many challenges. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), with its unique mandate to bring the latest science to those who can best use the information, serves a critical role in empowering people to solve problems in sustainable ways.
One of more than 30 Sea Grant Programs in the U.S., IISG is focused on the southern Lake Michigan region--104 miles of heavily urbanized and industrialized shoreline in Illinois and Indiana. One third of the population of the Great Lakes lives along the shore of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Michigan City, Indiana. The program is funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of Illinois, and Purdue University, but IISG also works in partnerships with key organizations, institutions, and agencies in the region to reach more audiences and multiply opportunities for success. IISG brings together scientists, educators, policy makers, community decision makers, outreach specialists, business leaders, and the general public to work towards a healthy environment and economy.
Education is essential in a society that can make well-informed decisions about the environment. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is uniquely positioned to foster scientifically-literate citizens to serve as stewards of our local aquatic and marine resources. IISG's team of educators is meeting the challenge of improving today's science education through its professional training for educators and innovative curriculum resources for students and teachers, grades K-16. Our classroom and community stewardship programs are developed for all learners, including underserved student populations in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana regions. We also foster a multi-disciplinary approach to learning by integrating science with content areas such as math, language arts, geography, and the cultural arts. Sea Grant also supports the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students through our pre-service teacher workshops, undergraduate courses, and by offering fellowship programs and other career development opportunities. To learn more about the Sea Grant's Education programs, we invite you to visit an area of interest by clicking on the appropriate image below. To learn about education efforts nationwide, we invite you to check out Sea Grant Education Network.
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