Marine News from the Great Lakes

Five Great Lakes ∑ One Great Resource ∑ Letís Keep It That Way

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Great Lakes Chart Company is proud to announce the launching of the Great Lakes Chart Initiative. The goal is to assist in educating school-age children about the importance of the Great Lakes as a valuable, but threatened, resource.

Recent algal blooms have been a major concern for drinking water as well as recreational activities. There are also invasive species, such as Asian carp, that compete with the native species for food. Threats such as these affect everyone in the Great Lakes region, which is why it is necessary for educational outreach towards younger generations.

Children are fascinated by charts; they can be touched and drawn on by the students. However, there is a shortage of programs using printed nautical charts as tactile learning tools and the Great Lakes Chart Initiative looks to fix that.

Charts and puzzles will be supplied at no cost to interested educational institutions. Educators can utilize the STEM standards, along with third party curriculum, to focus on their area of study. A custom-printed nautical chart showing all five Great Lakes is available as well as an option for a mural of singular Great Lake. Additionally, a jigsaw puzzle of the Great Lakes allows for hands-on group learning. This program has been endorsed as a valuable resource by Dr. Eugene Sanders, Superintendent of Sandusky City Schools in Ohio. For an updated list of professional endorsements, visit

The Initiative is in the process of registering as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity for receipt of donations. Gifts will be accepted through various avenues, such as direct donations, adopt-a-school programs, private or public grants, and a crowdfunding platform. Sponsorship levels can range from a single school, entire school system, or a designated region. Funding from the project will be derived solely from charitable offerings. Contributors will be able to donate beginning July 2017. Components will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. Nautical charts and puzzles will be produced and distributed by Great Lakes Chart Company.

Visit for more information. For inquiries, contact Ron Opfer at [email protected] or (419) 602-1504.

tags: Education, Applicable Everywhere, Charity

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