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

Great Lakes Aquarium offers 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 enriching opportunities for both formal and non-formal educators.

Science Institute for Educators workshops share tools and content for engaging students in authentic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. In each of these FREE workshops, you can:

  • Participate in an inquiry-based, standards-aligned lesson.
  • Learn from local scientists, 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 the Aquarium’s Teacher Resource Center.
  • Network with local educators.
  • Earn CEUs in every session (CEU value is equal to the number of hours spent in session).

Questions? Contact Mandi Wojciehowski at (218) 740-2070 or


Professional Development Calendar 2017-18:

Print the 2017-18 Professional Development Calendar here


3/17/18 – NOAA: Deep Sea Discoveries – Why Do We Explore? and How Do We Explore? (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

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

Workshop full. To be added to the waitlist, fill out the registration form below.

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research staff to learn the importance of ocean exploration and modern technologies used to explore the deep ocean. This workshop introduces standards-based, hands on activities and online resources to guide classroom teaching and learning around ocean science literacy. Ocean health, unique underwater habitats, underwater mapping and remotely operated vehicles are just a few of the topics to be addressed. Participating educators will receive:

  • The NOAA Shop Okeanos Exploration Materials Collection Volume 1: Why Do We Explore and Volume 2: How Do We Explore
  • A NOAA Ocean Certificate of Participation
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • A tour of a local research vessel
  • Additional teaching resources
  • 7 CEUs available

* Lessons are designed for grades 6-12, but many activities can be scaled to suit educators’ needs.

Register Online – Registration deadline is February 28, 2018.

Questions? Contact Mandi Wojciehowski at (218) 740-2070 or