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Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes

Join DNR educator Alan Wernette from the shores of Lake Michigan at Ludington State Park to learn about the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. The Great Lakes contain over 20% of all the world's surface fresh water and provide drinking water, recreation, transportation, wildlife habitat and economic benefits. This 30-minute presentation will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Learn the geologic forces that formed the Great Lakes and the unique features of this large freshwater ecosystem.
  • Learn how weather and water cycles impact the lakes and the region.
  • Understand the basic food web in the Great Lakes ecosystem and the impacts of invasive species on plants, animals and people.
  • Learn how citizens can take positive conservation actions to help the Great Lakes.

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