Publications: Adopt a Habitatitude
Great Lakes Coastal Youth Education - News


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

Terri Hallesy, Education Coordinator, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, E:, P: 217-244-8809

Buffalo, NY, March 1, 2018 - Adopt a Habitattitude™ is a series of classroom-tested, electronically available activities designed to be used by teachers and informal educators in grades 6-12. These innovative and engaging activities can help students learn about and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

"In order to protect and sustain our water bodies for future generations, youth—our future decision makers and leaders—need to acquire relevant knowledge about AIS to become effective and responsible decision makers," said New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske.

Educators in Sea Grant programs from throughout the Great Lakes, including New York, compiled these resources, which include 10 activities.

Using the alignment tables, educators can see how each activity is matched with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, Great Lakes Literacy Principles, New York State Science Standards and Minnesota State Science Standards. This standards-based framework will enable educators to integrate the Adopt a HabitattitudeTM curriculum into classrooms and learning environments.

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 33 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.

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