Learn

The learn section of the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas serves as a repository for resources that support place-based learning and provides links to information about Great Lakes coastal issues.

 


Paddle-to-the-Sea, Google Lit Trip

Google Lit Trips let people experience the journeys in great literature. Paddle-to-the-Sea, a picture book written and illustrated by Holling C. Holling, teaches children and adults alike about the natural and cultural wonders of the Great Lakes. It remains timely seven decades after its initial publication. Follow "Paddle-to-the-Sea", a carving of a young Indian boy in a canoe, on a journey through all the Great Lakes. This Google Earth application shows the path of Paddle's journey to the sea.

(summary, KML file, Google Lit Trips)



Lake Superior Sustainable Tourism - A Siftr App

This place-based learning activitity was developed using Siftr, a platform developed by the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which allows images to be uploaded, categorized, and placed on a map. The activity, developed by Halle Lambeau while an Undergraduate Research Scholar at UW-Madison. It shows tourism attractions around Lake Superior and provides tips for green travel.

View the Siftr app...



Up River Quest, ARIS

In Up River, players use their iPhone or iPad to "interact" with virtual characters located at three locations in the St. Louis River Estuary - Canal Park, Rice's Point and Grassy Point. Your "quest" is to create a meal from resources found in and around the estuary. Along the way, you explore the estuary from multiple perspectives, visiting tourist attractions, industrial sites and restored habitats. To complement these real-world experiences, you also access geo-located stories and science via your mobile device.

(ARIS demo, how to get ARIS, Up River article )



ICAN and the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas

Wisconsin Sea Grant, representing the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, has been an active member of the International Coastal Atlas Network. This story map journal shares the growth and accomplishments of ICAN and how Wisconsin has collaborated to build an interoperable coastal web atlas. It was first developed as a presentation at the Esri Ocean GIS Forum in November 2014.

View the story map...



Great Lakes Waves and Water Safety Lesson, GLOS

Students learn about how to analyze wind and wave data in the context of the famous historical wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, as well as a more recent storm in 2010. This lesson provides the opportunity for students to perform a retrospective investigation of the meteorological conditions that led to the shipwreck and explore how modern data sources could help prevent such a disaster. Additionally, students use weather maps to plan a "safe route" for a ship to navigate through the "North American Extratropical Cyclone of October 2010." This lesson was prepared to support the educational mission of the Great Lakes Observing System.

  • Download Activity 1... The Path of the Edmund Fitzgerald (bundled zip file includes lesson, worksheet with key, powerpoint slides and background reading)
  • Download Activity 2... Using the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System for Ship Routing Through the North American Extratropical Cyclone of October 2010



Great Lakes Maps

A collection of 32 maps that illustrates 300 years of mapmaking in Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.
UW Sea Grant

View the collection...


 


Big Two-Hearted River, Google Lit Trip

Google Lit Trips let people experience the journeys in great literature. The Big Two-Hearted River by Ernest Hemingway was initially published in 1925 and recounts a trout fishing trip near Seney, Michigan in the eastern Upper Peninsula. This Google Earth application marks the sequence of features described in the essay and weaves science on stream ecology, entomology, and water resource management into the spatial narrative.

(summary, KML file, Google Lit Trips)



PCBs in the Fox River - A Siftr App

This place-based learning activitity was developed using Siftr, a platform developed by the Field Day Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which allows images to be uploaded, categorized, and placed on a map. The activity, developed by Stephanie Schmidt while an Undergraduate Research Scholar at UW-Madison, shows both the negative impacts of PCBs on the environment, as well as the positive impacts of the current clean-up of the Fox River.

View the Siftr app...



Stories and Science of the St. Louis River Estuary

This website connects aquatic science research on the impact of human development in the St. Louis River watershed and estuary with stories of important local resource issues and place-based learning activities. Topics include fishing, shipping, wild ricing, recreation, community and restoration.
UMN-Duluth, UW-Madison and UW-Superior

View the website...



People of the Sturgeon - Story Map

This story map provides a new way to experience the message of the book "People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish."
Wisconsin Sea Grant

View the story map...



Barker's Island Quest, ARIS

In the Barker's Island Quest, players use their iPhone or iPad to "interact" with virtual characters located at the headquarters of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, Wisconsin. Your "quest" is to help a stranded ship captain get back on his journey. Along the way, you figure out the origins of Barker's Island and how people and wildlife that make use of the island and surrounding estuary.

(ARIS demo, how to get ARIS )



Coastal Population Fact Sheet

Learn about population change and density in Wisconsin's 15 coastal counties over the past three decades. Which counties have grown and which have seen their population decline? How does population change in coastal counties compare to inland counties? How does the population density change from north to south along the coast?
UW Sea Grant

View the fact sheet...


 


Links

Coastal Issues
Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle, University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center

Wisconsin's Great Lakes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Waters of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

Great Lakes Echo, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University

Great Lakes Information Network, Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative



Place-Based Learning
Wisconsin Great Lakes Education Clearinghouse, Environmental Education in Wisconsin

Great Lakes Literacy Principles, Centers for Ocean Sciences and Education Excellence-Great Lakes

Teaching Great Lakes Science, Michigan Sea Grant

Great Lakes Book Project


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