A guide to understanding Lake Erie for all Ages
Lake Erie Literacy
. . . an understanding of Lake Erie’s influence on you and your influence on the freshwater lake.
A Lake Erie Literacy Person:
- Understands the characteristics, functioning and value of Lake Erie;
- Communicates accurately about Lake Erie’s influence on systems and people in and beyond its watershed; and
- Makes informed and responsible decisions regarding Lake Erie and the resources of its watershed.
Lake Erie Literacy Origins
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Office of Coastal Management, ODNR Division of Wildlife - Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program have a unified strategic plan for Lake Erie education and outreach. As part of this effort, the agencies identified a need for a place-based environmental literacy framework for Lake Erie.
A project team initiated the development of this framework by adapting Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts to Lake Erie.
The Lake Erie Literacy Principles and Concepts were first presented at an international conference in 2009. The Lake Erie Literacy Principles were then used to develop the Great Lakes Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts, which were finalized in the summer 2010. After further revisions based on feedback from scientists, researchers and educators, the Lake Erie Literacy Principles and Concepts were finalized in spring 2011 and are presented here.
This links you to contract information for the project team members who developed the Lake Erie Literacy Principles .
- Lake Erie Principles and Concepts
- Education tools developed by using the LELPC
- WGTE Lake Erie Legacy Project - How do human actions impact the health of Lake Erie and its coastal areas? What role does Lake Erie play in the region's economy? How is the lake affected by changes in global climate? These and many other questions are answered in Lake Erie Legacy, an eight-part video series which explores not only the natural beauty of Ohio's great lake but also how scientists, industry and communities can help protect and restore Lake Erie, its coastal wetlands and watersheds.
- Kidsville News monthly series - "Lake Erie Literacy: Why it is important to protect a Great Lake"