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NOVA: Reef Rescue Video, Wednesday, April 21 9 p.m. ET

If oceans continue to warm at the current pace, coral reefs could be wiped out by the end of the century. But scientists from around the globe are rushing to help corals adapt to a changing climate through assisted evolution.

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Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, Thursday, April 22 9 p.m. ET 

This revealing series follows Greta Thunberg as she steps from behind the podium and onto the front lines. Over the course of the three episodes, Greta explores the science as she travels to extraordinary locations across the globe, meeting leading climate scientists, witnessing first hand the consequences of climate change and confronting the complexity of what is required to make change happen.

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The Age of Nature (Check local listings)

A three-part documentary exploring environmental restoration projects around the world. The program shares stories of efforts, research and successes aimed at improving natural settings for the benefit of flora, fauna and humans.
Learn more about similar work going on in the Great Lakes region.

What Grows: “Shipwrecks and Ecosystems” watch party for Great Lakes Now and “The Age of Nature”
- by Sandra Svoboda

Whether they’re in oceans or the Great Lakes, shipwrecks create unique ecosystems for a variety of aquatic life.

Damming Decisions: Watch party for Great Lakes Now and The Age of Nature
- by Sandra Svoboda

Learn more about what happens when these dams are built and what happens when they come down in this Great Lakes Now watch party.

When a Dam Comes Down: Removal of dams allows fish passage and habitat restoration
- by GLN Editor

Razing dams and returning rivers to their more natural courses is happening throughout the world – including on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.

Dams Across the Great Lakes: End of the line for aging infrastructure?
- by Lorraine Boissoneault

Instead of spending money to repair old dams, more communities are putting resources towards decommissioning dams and letting rivers run free.

Global Good News: “The Age of Nature” series aims to show success stories in environmental restoration
- by GLN Editor

“There’s a huge amount of positive stories out there to choose from,” said Verity White, “The Age of Nature” series producer.

What Grows: Shipwrecks become ecosystems, even at nuclear testing sites
- by GLN Editor

“The Age of Nature” producer Pete Lown spoke with Great Lakes Now about the powerful symbolism of marine life returning to the wrecks in advance of the documentary airing.

Mapping “The Age of Nature”: Visit locations in the new PBS series and their Great Lakes connections
- by GLN Editor

Visit this map to learn about global habitat restoration efforts and similar work around the Great Lakes.

Watch Party: River Influence
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with journalist Lorraine Boissoneault and Drew YoungeDyke from the National Wildlife Federation about mining, Asian carp, water quality and the Great Lakes.

Shipwreck Life: How fish and other aquatic species utilize Great Lakes shipwrecks
- by Kathy Johnson

From bass and burbot to freshwater sponge, the kind of ecosystem that forms around Great Lakes shipwrecks are as varied as the thousands of wrecks.

Damming Decisions
- by GLN Editor

Four dams were built along the Boardman River in Northwest Michigan to generate hydroelectric power for Traverse City.  But by 2004 they were no longer economically viable. A decision was made to remove three of the dams and renovate the last one in downtown Traverse City. 

New Channel: Great Lakes Now anchors Saturday evenings on Michigan Learning Channel
- by GLN Editor

With 24/7 at-home learning programs, the Michigan Learning Channel also introduces the Great Lakes to young viewers.

Great Lakes Learning: Take to the lakes without a boat
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Can’t get out on the water this weekend? Tour the Great Lakes even without your own yacht.

Great Lakes Learning: Take a cruise and learn about the lakes
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Follow and draw the routes and itineraries of Great Lakes cruises to help your youngsters learn more about the region’s history and scenery.

Great Lakes Learning: Water levels, currents and boating speed limits
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Knowing more about water and swimming can help keep you and your young ones safer this summer.

Great Lakes Learning: Which is the best of the 5 Great Lakes?
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Everyone can weigh in on their favorite lake in this fun debate that will inspire at-home learning too.

Great Lakes Learning: Freshwater science for the youngest learners – Part 2
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Help your K-3rd graders understand the Great Lakes – all at home.

Great Lakes Learning: Freshwater science for the youngest learners – Part 1
- by Gary Abud Jr.

The Great Lakes present great learning opportunities for early childhood. Use these lesson plans for your younger students.

Great Lakes Learning: What grows in the Great Lakes?
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Here’s a guide to what lessons you can use at home to go with Great Lakes Now episode 1013, on resilience and climate change.

Great Lakes Learning: Model the population dynamics of invasive species at home
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Understanding invasive carp species can not only help protect the Great Lakes but also be key to understanding the current global pandemic.

Earth Week: Watching Great Lakes Now and want learning activities to match?
- by Sandra Svoboda

Detroit Public Television is re-airing several episodes of Great Lakes Now. Here are the lesson plans that coordinate with those shows.

Great Lakes Learning: How to clean up an “oil spill” at your kitchen table
- by Gary Abud Jr.

You don’t need to pollute to help your children learn about what happens in environmental accidents, and how to prevent and respond to them.

Great Lakes Learning: 5 ways to teach your child about groundwater
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Here’s a collection of Great Lakes Now work – and other references – to help water become a fun, fascinating at-home lesson.

Great Lakes Learning: Plan a destination dinner on a Great Lakes island
- by Gary Abud Jr.

How about dinner “on” Mackinac, Washington or Drummond islands? All while helping your family learn more about the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Now Virtual Field Trip
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now and Detroit PBS KIDS takes you along on a Virtual Field Trip.

Great Lakes Learning: Tips for growing a fatberg at home (safely!)
- by Gary Abud Jr.

In this lesson, help kids understand what not to flush down the toilet and do a fun at-home science experiment at the same time.

Triple Threat: GLN Show, Website and Facebook Events all honored with media awards
- by Sandra Svoboda

Great Lakes Now content and engagement work was honored in two statewide contests.

Watch Party: Coastal Wetlands, Part 1
- by GLN Editor

In this live watch party, Host Sandra Svoboda chats with WDET’s Annamarie Sysling and Friends of the Rouge River Executive Director Marie McCormick about two restoration projects around the Detroit River area.

Watch Party: Invaders on the Menu
- by GLN Editor

In this “watch party,” originally broadcast on Facebook on Jan. 8, 2021, Belle Isle Aquarium…

Watch Party: Ships and Shipwrecks
- by GLN Editor

Come aboard a boat that delivers mail to ships on the Great Lakes, learn about…

Watch Party: Detroit River’s High Water
- by GLN Editor

Jacqueline Serran with the Detroit River Canadian Clean Up, WDET’s Annamarie Sysling and Great Lakes Now’s Sandra Svoboda chat about high water level impacts on habitat and communities along the Detroit River in Canada and the U.S.

Watch Party: Watching the Waters
- by GLN Editor

Commissioner Rob Sisson from the IJC, Kelly House from Bridge Michigan and Harvey Bootsma from the School of Freshwater Sciences at the UWM answer questions from the audience and explain why climate change will be THE story of the Great Lakes in coming years.

Watch Party: Urgin’ for Sturgeon
- by GLN Editor

Belle Isle Aquarium Curator Paul Shuert, WDET’s Annamarie Sysling and Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chat about sturgeon and answer Facebook audience questions.

Watch Party: Looking Up and Out
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with Pam Barnes from Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Austin Happel from the Shedd Aquarium and Nick Lake from the Adler Planetarium.

What Grows: “Shipwrecks and Ecosystems” watch party for Great Lakes Now and “The Age of Nature”
- by Sandra Svoboda

Whether they’re in oceans or the Great Lakes, shipwrecks create unique ecosystems for a variety of aquatic life.

Damming Decisions: Watch party for Great Lakes Now and The Age of Nature
- by Sandra Svoboda

Learn more about what happens when these dams are built and what happens when they come down in this Great Lakes Now watch party.

Watch Party: River Influence
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with journalist Lorraine Boissoneault and Drew YoungeDyke from the National Wildlife Federation about mining, Asian carp, water quality and the Great Lakes.

Watch Party: The Carp Advance
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with Belle Isle Aquarium Curator Dr. Paul Shuert and Drew YoungeDyke from the National Wildlife Federation about Asian carp.

Watch Party: Feeding the Blooms
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with Producer David Ruck from Great Lakes Outreach Media about Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms.

Watch Party: Recoveries
- by GLN Editor

Great Lakes Now Program Director Sandra Svoboda chats with John Russick from the Chicago History Museum, and GLN Producers Kathy Johnson and Nick Austin. They answer some audience questions about the show.

Watch Party: Microplastics, Macro problems
- by GLN Editor

Watch this Great Lakes Now Facebook Watch Party in partnership with the Belle Isle Conservancy, which discusses the segment “Microplastics in the Great Lakes.”