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

Students & Interns

Kacey Hirshfeld

NOAA Hollings Scholar

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 is in the midst of renovating a disused building on Barker’s Island for our new public learning center, The Lake Superior Estuarium, which we expect to open in fall 2017. This new public space will become a destination for residents and tourists alike. Through interpretive exhibits, visitors will learn of the interdependence between our local natural systems and economy.

Lake Superior Reserve Learning Center

Education News

Piping Plover Restoration is Topic for Next River Talk

Oct 31st, 2016, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute - Marie Zhuikov

Rivers2Lake Program receives grant, expands program

Sep 21st, 2016, University of Wisconsin Superior

Live Data

56.7° F

13.7° C

Pokegama Bay

08/20/2017 04:00 (LST)

Wind Speed
0.6mps - 1.3mph
Max Wind Speed
1.1mps - 2.5mph
Wind Dir From
152° To NNW
Rel Humidity
Bar Pressure
Total PAR
Cum Precip

All Data is property of NOAA Office for Coastal Management (OCM) / National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS)