Visitors and residents in the Chicago area will have a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about Great Lakes ecosystems and what they can do to help keep them safe and healthy during Great Lakes Awareness Day at the Shedd Aquarium on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event runs from 11am to 2pm and is open to all general admission visitors. 

Exhibits from teachers in Illinois and Indiana will be featured, highlighting important Great Lakes issues and stewardship work they do with students and communities to increase public awareness and promote change. Visitors will learn about everything from efforts to keep beaches clean, to identifying invasive species and preventing their spread, to proper disposal of unwanted medications. All exhibits will be interactive, demonstrating scientific principles and student engagement opportunities.

“We welcome families, educators, and students to participate in these informative and fun exhibits so they can learn the many ways that we can all work together to help protect and restore coastal areas in the Great Lakes basin,” says Robin Goettel. “Sea Grant and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy are pleased to be a partner with the Shedd Aquarium in bringing new stewardship experiences to its visitors.” 
Great Lakes Awareness Day is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and made possible by the Shedd Aquarium, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), and the Center for Great Lakes Literacy. IISG is coordinating the event and will be tweeting from the event
For questions or additional information, contact Allison Neubauer by email at or by phone at (217) 333-9448.