Programs & Initiatives

Chicago Water Walk

Take a tour of the city’s beautiful downtown lake and river fronts. While walking, you can use our app to learn just how important these resources are to the region—through fun facts, history, biology, and more. Stroll along the Chicago lakefront from Navy Pier to the Museum Campus, or stay at home and just visit our website.

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Southern Lake Michigan Outdoors

Whether it’s swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, or camping you’re after in the southern Lake Michigan region, Southern Lake Michigan Outdoors is a handy resource. Visit this destination website to explore the coastal regions of Indiana and Illinois. Places of interest include national parks, city parks, blueways and other spots perfect for a day outdoors.

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Southern Lake Michigan Water Safety

Lake Michigan is a great place to enjoy a day at the beach. Unfortunately, southern Lake Michigan has the highest rate of drowning in the Great Lakes. Rapidly changing conditions, an uneven lake bottom, and dangerous currents can catch the most skilled swimmer, boater, or angler off guard.

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Contact Info

Topic Specialist

Leslie Dorworth
Aquatic Ecology Specialist

Research Projects

Carolyn Foley
Research Coordinator


Ethan Chitty
Administrative Assistant

Education & Training

Kristin TePas
Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Coordinator and Great Lakes Outreach Specialist
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