Great Lakes Education Program

Great Lakes Education Program

The Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) is celebrating its 29th year of award-winning schoolship education. Since 1991, we have taught over 118,000 people about the Great Lakes! Will your class be next?

Please read through all of the information on this page before registering, even if you've been out with us before.

What is GLEP? GLEP combines classroom and field learning experiences to help students learn and care about the Great Lakes. You are registering for the vessel-based field experience. Your class will spend an entire day in the field, participating in both our hands on schoolship cruise and shoreside education provided by our Metropark partners. Additional information is available on the GLEP website.

Good Things to Know

Who

GLEP education was originally focused on 4th and 5th grade classes, although the program can be tailored to middle school or high school classes as well. We've even worked with college classes!

When

See location specifics below.

Weekdays, September 16 - October 25 and April 27 - June 19. To take full advantage of what GLEP has to offer, your group needs to be onsite for five hours (limited time adjustments are possible). Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to schedule your class in order to accommodate the maximum number of classes possible. If two or more classes from one school plan to participate, they should do so on the same date.

Cost

The standard fee per class is $860. This covers vessel and staff costs, an Educator Handbook (classroom curriculum), training for teachers new to GLEP education, and a Metropark student fee. There is an optional fee for MSU Extension to book and reserve transportation to and from the program.

  • All Middle and High School classes (Grades 6 and above) may register at the standard cost of $860 per class.
  • 4th and 5th grade classes located in Macomb, Monroe, or Wayne County are eligible for a scholarship/participant support from MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and the Walker Family. The scholarship/participant support amount available is based on each school district's percentage of free and reduced-lunch students according to State of Michigan data.
  • Scholarship/participant support of variable amounts will be awarded based on the above criteria. Your scholarship/participant support amount will be confirmed following registration.

All teachers receiving the MSU Extension/Michigan Sea Grant/Walker Family scholarship/participant support, agree to:

  1. Teach the lessons Invader Species of the Great Lakes and Making Great Lakes Connections prior to your cruise date.
  2. Teach two additional lessons of your choosing at any time this school year.
  3. Complete the online Teacher Evaluation.
  4. Return the Student Evaluation Forms.

Payment must be received prior to your scheduled cruise date(s). 

What Happens Next

Confirmation

You will receive confirmation of your reservation(s) after your Reservation Form has been received and your cruise date(s) have been assigned. Detailed information regarding cost/class, teacher training, cruise departure/arrival time, and program policies will also be provided.

Program Orientation

All first-time GLEP teachers must attend a 2-hour program orientation prior to their scheduled cruise date. Teacher orientation dates will be provided once registration forms have been received. Orientations via conference call may also be arranged.

Cancellation Policy

The Captain of the vessel shall determine circumstances under which the vessel will sail, rules of conduct, and other matters aboard the vessel. If the Captain or MSU Extension cancels a cruise due to hazardous conditions or other unavoidable circumstances, an alternate date will be scheduled if available. Refunds will be provided if an alternate date is not available.

GLEP Wayne County - Spring
Who: Class size is limited based on grade - 4th and 5th grade classes can bring a total of 30 students and no more than five adults (including teacher). Grades 6 and higher are limited to 25 people total. Capacity limits are set by the U.S. Coast Guard and cannot be exceeded.

When: Weekdays, Apr. 27 - June 19, 2020. Morning cruises: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum in the afternoon. Limited time adjustments are possible.

Afternoon cruises: Noon to 2:30 p.m. with Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum in the morning. Limited time adjustments are possible.

Where: Lake Erie Metropark Marina - All cruises are round-trip, departing from and returning to the marina. Shoreside education is also provided at the Lake Erie Metropark Marina.

Registration for Great Lakes Education Program is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020.

GLEP Macomb County - Spring
Who: Class size is limited to a total of 30 students and no more than five adults (including teacher). If your group is larger, you must contact us to discuss options. If a special guest, such as a funder or administrator wishes to attend, contact us so we can make arrangements.

When: Weekdays Apr. 27 - June 19, 2020. Morning cruises: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with Metropark Nature Center in the afternoon. Limited time adjustments are possible.

Afternoon cruises: Noon to 2:30 p.m. with Metropark Nature Center in the morning. Limited time adjustments are possible.

Where: Clinton River Cruise Company and Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina - Cruises are intended to be one-way. Morning cruises depart from the Clinton River Cruise Company and travel to Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina. Afternoon cruises depart from Lake St. Clair Metropark Marina and travel to the Clinton River Cruise Company. Round trip cruises that depart from the Clinton River Cruise Company are available for an additional cost. Shoreside education is also provided at the Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center.

Registration for Great Lakes Education Program is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2020.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For Wayne County information please contact Sharon Schneider at 586-466-8700 or schne505@msu.edu, Justin Selden at 586-469-7139 or seldenju@msu.edu,  or glepwc@msu.edu.

For Macomb County information please contact Sharon Schneider at 586-466-8700 or schne505@msu.edu, Justin Selden at 586-469-7139 or seldenju@msu.edu, or glepmc@msu.edu.