New York Sea Grant and DEC Launch NY Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange Program
New York's Great Lakes: Ecosystem Education Exchange - Press Release

New Resources Available for Great Lakes K-12 Teachers and Environmental Educators


Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant, Coastal Education Specialist, P: 716-645-3610, E:

Andrea Pedrick, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, E:

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

A Basin Bin provides hands-on resources for teachers and educators to use in teaching about the Great Lakes ecosystem and environment.

Newark, NY, October 3, 2017 - New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, has announced the New York Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange program, also known as NYGLEEE, for K-12 teachers and environmental educators. This program provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities focused on Great Lakes Literacy Principles and stewardship at

‘The New York Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange project provides educators with an easy-access point for issue-based learning materials and teacher-tested, hands-on classroom and field experiences that encourage localized stewardship to the benefit of communities and economies throughout the Great Lakes region in New York,’ said New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, assistant director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, ‘The New York Great Lake Ecosystem Education Exchange program was developed in coordination with educators to advance the next generation of environmentally literate, stewardship-minded citizens and environmental professionals in New York’s Great Lakes. By providing educators and teachers with professional development opportunities, resources and standards-based curricula, DEC and our partners are working to empower educators and students to gain the experience they need to protect local watersheds for the next generation.’

New York Sea Grant and DEC administer NYGLEEE in cooperation with educators throughout the New York Great Lakes watershed.

The NYGLEEE clearinghouse website was designed to provide materials that meet New York State Learning Standards, promote place-based education, encourage service-learning strategies such as beach cleanups, and equip stewardship opportunities. The NYGLEEE website also provides information on environmental careers, educational institutions, and scholarships.

NYGLEEE Basin Bins provide 25 hands-on resources to incorporate the Great Lakes into classroom education. In addition to such resources as a life-size replica of a Lake Sturgeon or preserved Round Goby specimen, the Basin Bins include four classroom-ready Great Lakes activities and a resource notebook stocked with fact sheets, articles, pamphlets and brochures on invasive species, native fish and wildlife, and other Great Lakes-related issues.

This new educational outreach program by New York Sea Grant and DEC developed a NYGLEEE Great Lakes Model Educators Network as a community of teachers and educators with a common goal of promoting Great Lakes literacy and stewardship in K-12 classrooms and nature center programs throughout the Great Lakes Basin in New York. Educators are encouraged to become part of this network of peers promoting Great Lakes environmental stewardship and providing each other with shared professional development and educational experiences.

NYGLEEE workshops to date have provided more than 40 educators the opportunity to learn about NYGLEEE and the Great Lakes, and interact with other educators. Additional workshops will be held for Great Lakes Model Educators Network members. Those interested in joining the network can find the NYGLEEE application online at

NYGLEEE was developed with support from the Environmental Protection Fund, in support of the Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act of 2006. NYGLEEE achieves the outreach, education and coordination goals of the NY Great Lakes Action Agenda, fostering environmental literacy, awareness of issues, and promoting stewardship.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College. 

For updates on Sea Grant activities: has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG produces a monthly e-newsletter, "NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, Our program also offers a free e-list sign up via for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published 1-2 times a year.

More Info: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) was created on July 1, 1970 to combine in a single agency, all-state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. The agency consists of a Central Office in Albany, NY, and an office in each of its nine regions that serve the communities within that region. The department has 24 divisions and offices and a total of approximately 3,000 staffers working in the central and regional offices. Connect with NYSDEC via, where you'll also find links to the organization's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms.

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This website was developed with funding from the Environmental Protection Fund, in support of the Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act of 2006. 

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