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

Rivers2Lake staff based with the Superior Rivers Watershed Association

Education Interns

Alyssa McDonald

Education Intern

Univiersity of Minnesota Duluth

Ryley Oliver

Rivers2Lake and Estuarium Intern

University of Minnesota Duluth

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

Live Data

62.8° F

17.1° C

Pokegama Bay

09/22/2019 00:00 (LST)

Wind Speed
0.5mps - 1.1mph
Max Wind Speed
1.8mps - 4mph
Wind Dir From
254° To ENE
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)

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

K-12 & Community Programs