Professional Development

Teachers are students too! Great Lakes Aquarium is a classroom, a laboratory, a thinking space, and a portal to the natural world.

Check out the Teacher Resource Center for activities and resources from past workshops and events.

Science Institute for Educators

We offer workshops and field experiences that can connect directly to your work. From Lake Superior Food Webs 101 to using inquiry in the classroom to taking students into the field, our staff and network of collaborators provide educators from both formal and non-formal settings the opportunity to dig in and enhance their understanding.

Program descriptions and details follow; for a quick reference guide, download the full season professional development calendar. Help spread the word! Share the calendar with friends and coworkers (B&W printer-friendly version).

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Science Institute: Tuesday Series

Join us for a monthly, 2.5-hour weekday edition of professional development focused on Next Generation Science Standards to bring active learning to your students. Each month we will dive into a different topic, demonstrate a full lesson, and explore the science behind it:

  • Participate in the inquiry-based standards-aligned lesson
  • Learn from local science researchers and experts about their current work in the Lake Superior region
  • Access free teaching kits, equipment, and materials that can be checked out from our Teacher Resource Center.
  • Network with local educators
  • Earn up to 2.5 CEUs per session

Time: 4:30-7:00 pm


February 28: Wild Rice Detectives – Manoomin Restoration with Tom Howes from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Natural Resource Program

Cost: Free! (Includes coffee, light dinner, Aquarium admission and parking)

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Contact Samantha Smingler at (218) 740-2027 or with any questions.


NOAA: Deep Sea Discoveries – Why Do We Explore? and How Do We Explore?

March 18, 8am – 4pm

Update: 2/24/17 – The NOAA workshop has been canceled due to low enrollment. Because the NOAA team was traveling from Washington D.C. for this event, we needed to have 30 people registered by Feb. 24. There were 21 people registered. We will try to bring this event back to Great Lakes Aquarium in the future!