Great Lakes Information Network Site of the Month

COSEE Great Lakes Website Featured as Site of the Month by Great Lakes Information Network

June 1, 2006

Making the connection between fresh water and salt water is now a mouse-click away, via the Internet. The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education (COSEE) Great Lakes Web site is the Great Lakes Information Network’s most recent pick as site of the month.

“Increasing public awareness and understanding of the sciences of the Great Lakes and oceans is key to our mission,” said Rosanne Fortner, director of COSEE Great Lakes. “The web site is an excellent resource for educators and scientists to find opportunities for collaboration that could foster science literacy.”

Through the COSEE Great Lakes site, educators and scientists can access curriculum, events, and other opportunities, all focused on the linkages between the Great Lakes and the oceans. Educators will find links to professional development programs that emphasize hands-on study of the Great Lakes. All of the curriculum materials are aligned with national standards and benchmarks.

Researchers will find opportunities to engage in educational outreach activities through COSEE programs designed to build collaborations for enriching research. The Lake exploration workshops are focused on scientists interacting with teachers for a week through questioning, and discussions.

Minnesota Sea Grant designed the site with key features that include the following:

  1. Clear links to news, events, curriculum and contacts in each Great Lakes state.
  2. Beautiful photography of Great Lakes locations helps to frame the content that is organized in a very navigable format.
  3. The Greatest of the Great Lakes curriculum about Life in the Water, Climate and Weather, Hydrology and Remote Sensing, Coastal Processes, and more includes links to innovative and engaging aquatic science content.

Visit the COSEE Great Lakes web site at

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. For more information about GLIN, see

A collaborative effort of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, COSEE Great Lakes includes programs in Michigan, Illinois-Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. COSEE Great Lakes is designed to create dynamic linkages between Great Lakes and ocean research and education with the goal of enhancing scientific literacy and environmental stewardship. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.