Information about Great Lakes coastal issues and place-based learning.

Great Lakes Quests

Great Lakes Quests are virtual learning activities about coastal issues and places in Wisconsin in the form of an interactive story map. The quests contain educational components including links to external multimedia content and inquiry-based questions to answer. Each correct answer reveals a clue to spell a final word that is significant to the topic.

Wisconsin Sea Grant and Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

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The Legend of the Lost Emerald

Play as a maritime archaeologist uncovering shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Throughout the game, you’ll use the practices of real archaeologists to locate shipwrecks and uncover the stories of the past.

UW Field Day Lab

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Groin Field Impacts at Sheridan Park, Story Map

This story map addresses the unintended consequences of groin fields and best practices for minimizing them through a case study of Sheridan Park in Milwaukee County. It provides an innovative way to visualize and communicate complex coastal processes.

Wisconsin Sea Grant and UW Cartography Lab

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Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

The guide helps local officials in Great Lakes communities address existing hazard-related threats, as well as the effects of climate change. These tools incorporate geospatial data, science-based information, and visualizations, and were piloted in coastal Wisconsin.

NOAA Digital Coast Partnership led by the Association of State Floodplain Managers

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Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary

This website connects aquatic science research on the impact of human development in the St. Louis River watershed and estuary with stories of important local resource issues and place-based learning activities. Topics include fishing, shipping, wild ricing, recreation, community and restoration.

UMN-Duluth, UW-Madison and UW-Superior

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People of the Sturgeon, Story Map

This story map provides a new way to experience the message of the book “People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish.”

Wisconsin Sea Grant

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Learning Resources

Search this collection of resources to learn more about coastal issues in Wisconsin.


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