Great Lakes Educational Curriculum Available Now

For three years the Alliance for the Great Lakes has collaborated with educators throughout the region to develop Great Lakes in My World, a resource that is now available to teachers, nature centers, museums and families. This kindergarten through eighth grade educational kit contains: a 480-page book with 80 hands-on/minds-on activities (indoor and outdoor) for students that address state learning standards and benchmarks for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, a set of 60 illustrated and informative Great Lakes Creature Cards and a compact disc with supplemental materials.The kit is available for $40.00 plus shipping. To order a copy, email education@greatlakes. org or contact the Alliance at 312-939-0838×5.

Great Lakes Invasive Species Posters

Designed for young audiences, this new poster set presents key facts about some of the most harmful aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. Colorful illustrations, photos and lively text help kids understand why each species is a problem and what can be done. The species featured are: round goby, Eurasian ruffe, spiny and fish-hook water fleas, sea lamprey, purple loosestrife, Eurasian watermilfoil, and zebra mussels. Seven small posters describe individual species. An eighth larger poster combines the illustrations from the other posters with general information about aquatic invasive species. The Invasive Species Posters are one of many products available from Minnesota Sea Grant. For more information please visit:

GLAHNF’s Great Lakes Connecting Communities Communications Toolbox Now Available Online

This free resource gives non-profit, grassroots organizations the tools they need to effectively deliver their message. Specific applications include sample press releases, print and radio ads, and a primer on conducting high-impact media campaigns. The toolbox also contains public opinion research to ensure that advocacy on behalf of Great Lakes ecosystms is tailored to the right target audience. Toolbox may be found

CompassPoint’s Board Café

Board Cafe is the electronic newsletter exclusively for members of nonprofit boards of directors. Short enough to read over a cup of coffee, Board Cafe offers a menu of ideas, information, opinion, news, and resources to help bring you a cornucopia of “Little Ideas,” as well as one “Big Idea” you can use in your board work.

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