Lake Superior Environmental Education Programs

NGLVC-UWEX Forestry Program for LCO Trival StudentsEnvironmental education, or “EE”, isn’t just kids stuff!

EE teaches us to investigate our environment and make informed decisions about taking care of it now and for future generations.

It’s compelling education, delivered in fun, experiential settings.

We offer a variety of educator-led EE programs and resources for kids of all ages that investigate critical issues affecting the Lake Superior region and beyond.

GOOD NEWS: In 2015 and 2016, the Wisconsin legislature passed a bipartisan resolution recognizing the importance of children’s access to Wisconsin’s outdoor resources and activities. Watch a short Wisconsin’s Children’s Outdoor Heritage video that shows the Resolution through images stories of kids in the environment or read the full Wisconsin Statute at  Wisconsin Children’s Outdoor Heritage Resolution,

Northecolor-logorn Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC) Youth Environmental Education Programs

Discover the ecology of the Lake Superior region while learning about the importance of stewardship of the resources we share.  We offer a variety of environmental educational programs for school classes, homeschoolers, and youth groups through programs at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland WI. Take a look at the programs in our 2017-18 NGLVC YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ED PROGRAMS

NGLVC Environmental Education Programs are taught by environmental education specialists from UW-Extension, the US Forest Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and volunteer educators. Programs focus on learning about the stewardship of the Lake Superior region.  Many of these programs are offered outdoors through grade-appropriate educational activities for grades K-12. Some feature costumed characters that make the past and present come alive. All are fun learning experiences that engage learners!

 Programs are available by advance reservation only, on a first-come first-serve basis. For reservations or information, please contact Susan Nelson at 715-685-2644 or e-mail school bus

 Bus “scholarships” are available to help defray transportation costs for schools coming to the Center for EE programs. Click on the school bus for more information.



(ages 12 years and above)Estuary.Ed.Ventures

These on-the-water programs, taught by Cathy Techtmann-UW Extension Environmental Outreach Specialist, explore the culture, ecology, and importance of Lake Superior’s freshwater estuaries and coastal wetlands. Click here to paddle over to the Paddle the Pearls webpage for more details. These programs are available for students age 12 and above. For more information or reservations, contact Cathy at 715.561.2695 or


EE TOOLKIT– Resources for YouWater sampling

We offer a wide variety of time tested EE curriculum and resources in our EE Toolkit. Feel free to download and use them!




The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center - Ashland, WI

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is located 2 miles west of Ashland WI

just off US Hwy. 2, on County G

In addition to EE programs, the Center offers exhibits, multi-media learning experiences, interpretive nature trails, and special events.

The Center is a partnership between the US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Wisconsin-Extension, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the Friends of the Center




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