Register Now: NYSG's 2022 Great Lakes Ecosystem Workshops for Teachers and Educators
New York's Great Lakes: Ecosystem Education Exchange - Press Release

NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag will be joined by NYSG and DEC colleagues, local environmental organizations, and regional scientific experts to offer 2022 Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange Workshops in Oswego, Massena, Rochester and Buffalo


Nate Drag, NYSG Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist, E:, P: 716-645-3612

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG's Great Lakes Freelance Publicist, E:, P: 315-465-7578 

Opportunities Set for Sites in Oswego, Massena, Rochester, Buffalo

Buffalo, NY, June 24, 2022 - New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced the Summer 2022 Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange (GLEEE) Workshops for teachers, environmental educators, and homeschoolers. 

NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag will be joined by NYSG and DEC colleagues, local environmental organizations, and regional scientific experts to host the professional development workshops to help teachers integrate Great Lakes curricula and hands-on lessons into their classrooms.

Register by clicking here or visit the RSVP via Facebook links below ... 

— July 25th: SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station, Oswego, NY — RSVP via Facebook

— July 26th: Robert Moses State Park, Massena, NY — RSVP via Facebook

— August 8th: Ontario Beach, Rochester, NY — RSVP via Facebook

— August 9th: Buffalo Harbor State Park, Buffalo, NY — RSVP via Facebook

Activities will feature interactive demonstrations of learning standards-aligned lessons, placed-based educational resources, and other information on such topics as plastic pollution, climate change, and coastal resiliency. Each workshop will include a demonstration from the new “Plastic Pollution and You” curriculum, co-authored by Drag and NYSG Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Kathleen Fallon, Ph.D., for grades 3-12.

Workshop participants will be eligible to receive a $50 participation stipend and will be able to reserve free educational resources, including the GLEEE Great Lakes Basin Bins, developed by New York Sea Grant in partnership with DEC, the Center for Great Lakes Literacy’s Fish-o-Pedia and Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack. 

NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag highlights Great Lakes-focused teaching resources at a Summer 2021 Great Lakes Ecosystem Environmental Exchange (GLEEE) workshop along Lake Ontario. Four GLEEE workshops will be held throughout Summer 2022. 

The Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange program partners with educators in New York’s Great Lakes watershed to develop experiential environmental education programming to build awareness, appreciation and stewardship of NY’s Great Lakes. GLEEE is a collaborative program of NYSG and the DEC, and is funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly.

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