NOAA in your backyard: Great Lakes
State by state listings of NOAA facilities and programs
A summary of NOAA facilities, staff, programs, or activities based in, or focused on, your state or territory.
School visits • Forecast office tours • Student and educator resources
The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.
- To find your local Weather Forecast Office (WFO), visit the National Weather Service local contact page and click on your state. There will be a name, email address, and phone number for the WFO that serves your area.
- Visit weather.gov and enter your zip code to find your local WFO.
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 29 reserves located in 23 states and Puerto Rico for purposes of long-term research, environmental monitoring, education and stewardship.
- Old Woman Creek Reserve (OH) – Jennifer Bucheit, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lake Superior Reserve (WI) offsite link– Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
NOAA’s 14 National Marine Sanctuaries serve as the trustee for the nation’s system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy.
- Thunder Bay Sanctuary (Alpena, MI) – Sarah Waters, Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional development • Curriculum • Student and educator resources
Sea Grant is a nationwide network of 34 university-based programs that conduct scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.
- Center for Great Lakes Literacyoffsite link
CGLL is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed to foster informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship by providing hands on experiences, educational resources, and networking opportunities that promote Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists, and citizens.
- Teaching Great Lakes science lessons offsite link
- Great Lakes FieldScope offsite link
- Illinois-Indiana Sea Grantoffsite link – Terri Hallesy, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- Michigan Sea Grantoffsite link – Meaghan Gass, Extension Educator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minnesota Sea Grantoffsite link – Cindy Hagley, Environmental Quality Extension Educator: email@example.com
- New York Sea Grantoffsite link – Monica Miles, Great Lakes Literacy Educator & Great Lakes Program Associate Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pennsylvania Sea Grantoffsite link – Marti Martz, Lake Erie Office Senior Coastal Outreach Specialist: email@example.com
- Ohio Sea Grantoffsite link – Lyndsey Manzo, Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wisconsin Sea Grantoffsite link – Ginny Carlton, Education Outreach Specialist UW-Madison: email@example.com
Lesson plans and curricula • Stewardship projects • Media library
The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
Curriculum • Data • Multimedia
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.
- Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)offsite link (Ann Arbor, MI) – Kelli Paige, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitive grants for educator watershed training programs
B-WET is an environmental educator program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment.
- Ellen Brody, Great Lakes B-WET Program Manager: email@example.com
Student opportunities • Laboratory facilities • NOAA scientists
GLERL conducts innovative research on the dynamic environments and ecosystems of the Great Lakes to provide information for resource use and management decisions that lead to safe and sustainable ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human communities.
- Central Offices (Ann Arbor, MI) – Margaret Lansing, Media Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
General email: email@example.com
- Lake Michigan Field Station (Muskegon, MI) – Dennis Donahue, Marine Superintendent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Lakes lessons • Calendar of events • Background information
GLIN is a partnership that provides information related to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America, including data and information about the region’s environment, economy, tourism, education, and more.
- Beth Wanamaker, Communications Manager: email@example.com
Seminar series • Outreach events • Internships and fellowships
CIGLR is a partnership between the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan, NOAA, universities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses, which work on environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes.
- Michele Wensman, Outreach Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Educator workshops • Scholarships • Educator resources
CIMSS is a collaboration between NOAA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in atmospheric and Earth science utilizing satellite technology. Government, university scientists, and engineers work together on projects involving remote sensing of the Earth.
- Margaret Mooney, Education and Public Outreach Director: email@example.com
Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC)offsite link (Champaign, IL)
Student and educator resources • Climate data • Citizen science
The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, provide practical solutions to specific climate change problems, and develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.
- Veronica Fall, Climate Extension Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional competitions in ocean sciences
NOSB is a national high school academic competition with regional competitions for student teams to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.
- Great Lakes Bowl (MI)offsite link – Kirby Jewell, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Bay Scallop Bowl (NY)offsite link – Kim Knoll, Region Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Penguin Bowl (OH/PA)offsite link – Dr. Felicia Armstrong, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Lake Sturgeon Bowl (WI)offsite link – Liz Sutton, Region Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical and real-time data
- Great Lakes aquatic nonindigenous species information system
- Great Lakes CoastWatch
- Great Lakes coastal forecasting system
- Rip current forecasting system
- Great Lakes bathymetry
- North Central River Forecast Center
- Ohio River Forecast Center
- Central Great Lakes graphical weather forecasts
- National seasonal drought outlook
- Great Lakes marine forecast
- Great Lakes beach forecasts
- Great Lakes data portaloffsite link
- Great Lakes acoustic telemetry data (fish tags)offsite link
Local historical weather events and data
- Twin Cities weather records
- Minnesota tornado statistics
- The most devastating forest fire in American history
- Northeast Wisconsin significant weather events
- The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
- Northern Illinois and northwest Indiana weather events
- Central Indiana weather events
- Cleveland weather events
- Southeast Michigan weather and climate records
- This date in western New York weather
- Pittsburgh weather events
- Extreme weather events in southern Wisconsin
- Great Lakes "white hurricane" of 1913
- Searchable storm events database
NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) locations
Earth systems data projected on a six-foot globe
SOS is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. It was developed by researchers at NOAA to help illustrate complex environmental processes in a captivating way.
- Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL)offsite link
- Cyberinfrastructure Building at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)offsite link
- Science Central (Fort Wayne, IN)offsite link
- Fair Oaks Farms (Fair Oaks, IN)offsite link
- Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (Alpena, MI)
- Detroit Zoological Society (Royal Oak, MI)offsite link
- Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo, MI)offsite link
- Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)offsite link
- Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY)offsite link
- Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (Dayton, OH)offsite link
- Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (Harrisburg, PA)offsite link
- Aldo Leopold Nature Center (Monona, WI)offsite link
Updated October 2019