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

Ecological Restoration of Wisconsin Point, Great Lakes Quest

Great Lakes Quests are learning activities about coastal issues in Wisconsin that use clues in story maps to encourage inquiry-based learning. This quest explores ecological restoration projects on Wisconsin Point in Superior, Wisconsin.

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Healthy and Resilient Beaches in Racine, Great Lakes Quest

Great Lakes Quests are learning activities about coastal issues in Wisconsin that use clues in story maps to encourage inquiry-based learning. This quest explores beach restoration projects in Racine, Wisconsin.

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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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Fishing Heritage of Two Rivers, Great Lakes Quest

Great Lakes Quests are learning activities about coastal issues in Wisconsin that use clues in story maps to encourage inquiry-based learning. This quest explores the rich commercial fishing heritage of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.


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Protecting the Kenosha Dunes, Great Lakes Quest

Great Lakes Quests are learning activities about coastal issues in Wisconsin that use clues in story maps to encourage inquiry-based learning. This quest explores a plan to protect a unique natural area in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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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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ICAN and the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, Story Map

Wisconsin Sea Grant, representing the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, has been an active member of the International Coastal Atlas Network. This story map journal shares the growth and accomplishments of ICAN and how Wisconsin has collaborated to build an interoperable coastal web atlas. It was first developed as a presentation at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum in November 2014.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

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Paddle-to-the-Sea, Google Lit Trip

Google Lit Trips let people experience the journeys in great literature. Paddle-to-the-Sea, a picture book written and illustrated by Holling C. Holling, teaches children and adults alike about the natural and cultural wonders of the Great Lakes. It remains timely seven decades after its initial publication. Follow “Paddle-to-the-Sea”, a carving of a young Indian boy in a canoe, on a journey through all the Great Lakes. This Google Earth application shows the path of Paddle’s journey to the sea.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Summary | KML file | Google Lit Trips
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Favorite Coastal Parks of Wisconsin Sea Grant, Story Map

There are nearly 200 parks on the Great Lakes coasts of Wisconsin. They range from urban neighborhood parks to rural town parks. Each possess their own unique beauty. This story map shares the favorite coastal parks of the staff and advisors of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

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Up River Quest, ARIS

This place-based learning activity was developed using ARIS, a platform developed by the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which allows creation of mobile games, tours and interactive stories. In Up River, players use their iPhone or iPad to “interact” with virtual characters located at three locations in the St. Louis River Estuary – Canal Park, Rice’s Point and Grassy Point. Your “quest” is to create a meal from resources found in and around the estuary. Along the way, you explore the estuary from multiple perspectives, visiting tourist attractions, industrial sites and restored habitats. To complement these real-world experiences, you also access geo-located stories and science via your mobile device.

Mark Wagler, Jim Mathews

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Barker’s Island Quest, ARIS

This place-based learning activity was developed using ARIS, a platform developed by the Field Day Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which allows creation of mobile games, tours and interactive stories. In the Barker’s Island Quest, players use their iPhone or iPad to “interact” with virtual characters located at the headquarters of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, Wisconsin. Your “quest” is to help a stranded ship captain get back on his journey. Along the way, you figure out the origins of Barker’s Island and how people and wildlife that make use of the island and surrounding estuary.

Max Axler

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Great Lakes Waves and Water Safety Lesson, GLOS

Students learn about how to analyze wind and wave data in the context of the famous historical wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, as well as a more recent storm in 2010. This lesson provides the opportunity for students to perform a retrospective investigation of the meteorological conditions that led to the shipwreck and explore how modern data sources could help prevent such a disaster.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

  • Download Activity 1… The Path of the Edmund Fitzgerald (bundled zip file includes lesson, worksheet with key, powerpoint slides and background reading)
  • Download Activity 2… Using the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System for Ship Routing Through the North American Extratropical Cyclone of October 2010
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Big Two-Hearted River, Google Lit Trip

Google Lit Trips let people experience the journeys in great literature. The Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway was initially published in 1925 and recounts a trout fishing trip near Seney, Michigan in the eastern Upper Peninsula. This Google Earth application marks the sequence of features described in the essay and weaves science on stream ecology, entomology, and water resource management into the spatial narrative.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Summary | KML file | Google Lit Trips
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Coastal Population Fact Sheet

Learn about population change and density in Wisconsin’s 15 coastal counties from 2000 to 2010. Which counties grew and which saw their population decline? How does population change in coastal counties compare to inland counties? How does the population density change from north to south along the coast?

Wisconsin Sea Grant

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Great Lakes Maps

A collection of 32 maps that illustrates 300 years of mapmaking in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.

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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