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Oswego to Host First Great Lakes Ecosystem Educational Exchange Workshop in Summer 2022, July 25 at Rice Creek Field Station – Oswego County Today

NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag highlights Great Lakes-focused educational resources during a 2021 Great Lakes Ecosystem Environmental Exchange (GLEEE) Summer Workshop on along Lake Ontario. The first of four GLEEE summer 2022 workshops will be held in Oswego on July 25th. Photo: NYSG

OSWEGO – New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced the Summer 2022 Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange (GLEEE) Workshops for Teachers, Environmental Educators and homeschoolers at sites in Oswego, Massena, Rochester and Buffalo.

NYSG Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag, NYSG and DEC staff, local environmental organizations, and regional science experts will facilitate the professional development workshops to help teachers integrate the curriculum and practical lessons of the Great Lakes in their classrooms.

The GLEEE Summer 2022 workshops will take place as follows:
. July 25 in Oswego at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field,
. July 26 in Massena at Robert Moses State Park,
. August 8 in Rochester at Ontario Beach, and
. August 9 in Buffalo at Buffalo Harbor State Park.
For more information and to register, go online to or call 315-312-3042.

Activities will include interactive demonstrations of lessons aligned with learning standards, location-based educational resources and other information on topics such as plastic pollution, climate change and coastal resilience. Each workshop will include a demonstration of the new “Plastic Pollution and You” curriculum, co-authored by Drag and NYSG Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist Kathleen Fallon, Ph.D., for students in grades 3-12.

Workshop attendees will be eligible to receive a $50 attendance stipend and may reserve free educational resources, including GLEEE Great Lakes Basin Bins, developed by NYSG in partnership with DEC; Fish-o-Pedia from the Center for Great Lakes Literacy; and Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack.

The Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange program partners with educators from the New York Great Lakes watershed to develop an experiential environmental education program to build awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of New York’s Great Lakes. GLEEE is a collaborative program of NYSG and DEC, and is funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 34 university programs working with coastal communities through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more at

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