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Great Lakes Educator Programs

Great Lakes Institutes

Teachers look for insects ina sample of pond water.

Educators are invited to attend a six-hour Great Lakes Institute which will familiarize teachers with a watershed close to their school. These workshops will be held in Erie, Monroe, and Niagara counties and they will focus on a specific Area of Concern. An Area of Concern is a watershed along the Great Lakes that has suffered from degraded environmental conditions. Participants will receive training in the Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curricula, as well as receiving site-specific information about the Area of Concern. Workshop dates and locations are listed on the Upcoming Educator Workshops page.

  • Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an award-winning, international, interdisciplinary water science program for educators of K-12 students.
  • Aquatic Project WILD is an award-winning, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife and ecosystems for grades K-12.

For More Information

To register for a day-long institute, the five-day academy, or to schedule a day-long institute for your area, please contact the Great Lakes Educator, Brittany DiLeo, at 716-683-5959 x204 or email Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

Special Thanks

"NYS Teachers Get W.E.T. for the Great Lakes" is a two-year program funded by a generous grant to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program is a collaboration between the NYSDEC, Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve, Buffalo Urban Outdoor Education, and Buffalo Audubon Society among other local environmental organizations. The goal of the program is to give educators the resources to connect area students to the Great Lakes through hands-on activities and meaningful stewardship projects.

More Educator Workshop Opportunities

Check the Upcoming Educator Workshops and Annual Teacher Institutes & Academies pages for additional information on other workshops and institutes in your area.