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Great Lakes Now Events

Join the Great Lakes Now team for interactive Watch Parties, webinars and events about Great Lakes news and issues.

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National Recognition: Great Lakes Now wins “Best News and Public Affairs” program for public broadcasting
- by GLN Editor

With its monthly show, digital and social media content, educational resources, and audience engagement, Great Lakes Now earned an award from the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

Watch Party: Invaders on the Menu
- by GLN Editor

In this “watch party,” originally broadcast on Facebook on Jan. 8, 2021, Belle Isle Aquarium Aquarist Amanda Murray chats with WDET’s Annamarie Sysling and Great Lakes Now’s Sandra Svoboda and answers audience questions about invasive species in the Great Lakes.…

Watch Party: Ships and Shipwrecks
- by GLN Editor

Come aboard a boat that delivers mail to ships on the Great Lakes, learn about life on a Great Lakes freighter, and dive into some incredible shipwrecks that you don’t necessarily need a scuba tank to see in a visit…

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.”

Watch Party: Meddlesome Mussels
- by GLN Editor

Visit the Belle Isle Aquarium and learn more about mussels and other Great Lakes invaders.

Hear answers to audience questions – maybe you have some of the same ones!

Watch Party: Water Damage
- by GLN Editor

The discussion features Rob Sisson, a commissioner with the International Joint Commission, David Ruck, of Great Lakes Outreach Media, and Tracy DuFlo from WPBS.

Watch Party: The “Cockroach Cam” and more about caring for critters at Great Lakes aquariums
- by GLN Editor

Go behind the scenes at Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium and learn more about the Madagascar hissing cockroach that appeared in a Great Lakes Now segment called “In Isolation …. At Aquariums.”

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.

The Show Goes On: Films and producer chats move online for Great Lakes series
- by Sandra Svoboda

Great Lakes Now is partnering with Michigan Sea Grant and the University of Michigan for the now-online “Lake Effects” film series on Thursday evenings.

Piping Plovers: Film fest spotlights endangered bird’s return to Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore
- by Gary Wilson

The One Earth Film Festival kicks off its 9th season in Chicago starting Friday.

Join Great Lakes Now and Detroit PBS KIDS for a Virtual Field Trip
- by GLN Editor

Detroit Public TV will bring along teachers, students and caretakers on a Virtual Field Trip to learn more about the Great Lakes.

Infrastructure and More: Researchers and university leaders report on Michigan’s needs and opportunities
- by GLN Editor

Detroit Public TV will stream the Infrastructure Innovation Tour’s final stop. Learn more about what research is being done to help Michigan with water quality, the maritime industry, mobility, energy and communications.

The Forever Chemicals: MLive Reporters and Great Lakes Now engage Sustainable Brands 2019 audience
- by Sandra Svoboda

After a documentary screening at the Sustainable Brands 2019 conference in Detroit, Great Lakes Now hosted an audience discussion with the MLive Media Group reporters who have been leading the coverage of the PFAS issue in Michigan.

Sustainable Brands Day 2: Great Lakes Now takes a look at the plastic problem
- by Natasha Blakely

Collaboration and engagement were pinpointed as key to tackling the issue of plastic waste on the second day of Sustainable Brands in Detroit.