Professional Development

Teachers on the Blue Heron

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.

The current season of SIE workshops has come to a close. Please check back soon to learn about our fall 2016 offerings!

Other Opportunities

To connect local educators with a wide variety of curriculum, research, and inspiration in a range of topics, Great Lakes Aquarium also hosts a number of other training and workshop opportunities every year. Upcoming events include:

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center Presents:

Renewable Energy Teacher Workshop

RenewableEnergyFlyer2016Two offerings: June 20-21, 2016 and June 23-24, 2016

Workshop topics include:

  • The science of energy and electric connections
  • Hands-on energy-related activities
  • Behind the scenes tours of Taconite Ridge Wind Energy, Hibbard Biomass Facility, Thomson Hydroelectric, and local solar installation!

15 CEUs available!  Registration is required – space is limited.  

Location: Great Lakes Aquarium; transportation provided to off-site tours.

Cost: Free!

Register online through Boulder Lake ELC

or contact John Geissler at (218) 721-3731 or jdgeissl@d.umn.edu with any questions.