The Reserve’s education program is a core component of our commitment to elevating the public connection to freshwater resources and the Lake Superior watershed and its estuaries. We utilize place-based and outdoor learning and effective environmental communication and media to support schools, educators and youth in learning about and experiencing Lake Superior. Combined with The Lake Superior Estuarium, an interpretive center open to the public, our education program ultimately provides a vital community resource by strengthening regional schools, encouraging collaboration between communities and supporting the local economy.

Education Staff

Education Interns

Megan Hogfelt

Student Interpretive Specialist


Winonah Ojanen

Communications and Outreach Intern

College of St. Scholastica

Teacher Professional Development

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Bringing the Lake Superior watershed to life in regional K-12 classrooms

Our signature K-12 education program improves learning through integrated outdoor and environmental education. Through the program, we provide professional development for teachers through field experiences, extended resources and year-long mentoring and support.


K-12 & Community Programs

The Lake Superior Estuarium

A Gathering Place
for Exploration

With support from NOAA and UW-Extension, the Reserve renovated a disused building on Barker’s Island for our new public learning center, The Lake Superior Estuarium. This new public space has become a destination for residents and tourists alike. Through interpretive exhibits, visitors learn of the interdependence between our local natural systems and economy.

Lake Superior Reserve Learning Center

Education News

Explore the new Lake Superior Estuarium .pdf

Nov 1st, 2017, Duluth Seaway Port Authority North Star Port, Fall 2017

Superior Hosts Grand Opening of Lake Superior Estuarium

Sep 30th, 2017, WDIO

Opening the door to local waters

Sep 29th, 2017, Superior Telegram

Live Data

0.5° F

-17.5° C

Pokegama Bay

02/20/2018 22:00 (LST)

Wind Speed
0.7mps - 1.6mph
Max Wind Speed
1.8mps - 4mph
Wind Dir From
162° To NNW
Rel Humidity
Bar Pressure
Total PAR
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All Data is property of NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) / National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)

Education Careers

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