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.
Explore Our Estuary!
Let Reserve Education Staff bring the estuary alive for your group or class, request a program today!
Rivers2Lake staff based with the Superior Rivers Watershed Association
University of Minnesota Duluth
Rivers2Lake and Estuarium Intern
Teacher Professional Development
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.
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
Jul 14th, 2020, Superior Telegram
Mar 16th, 2020, National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
Oct 9th, 2019, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Lake Superior Estuarium
A Gathering Place
With support from NOAA and UW–Madison Division of 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.