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“Love Your Great Lakes” family festival happening this weekend

Discovery World, Fund for Lake Michigan, and a plethora of community partners are working together to host Love Your Great Lakes on February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Discovery World.The event is included with general admission and is free for Discovery World Members.Love Your Great Lakes is designed to inspire the next generation of freshwater stewards. It will feature fun and interactive educational experiences about the importance of sustaining the Great Lakes.The activities and programming are suitable for all ages and will include:

-Invasive Species coloring activity

-Scavenger hunts

-The Great Invasion educational workshop in the Fund for Lake Michigan Freshwater Sustainability Lab

-Scientific Valentines in the Bill Brady Intelligent Products Lab.​

-Maritime workshops

-Live animals from the Reiman Aquarium

-Interactive booths and displays from local organizations such as Port Milwaukee, WATERshed Program, Riveredge Nature Center, Mequon Nature Preserve, and many more.

-Special presentation by maritime photographer Chris Winters on Milwaukee’s freshwater culture and the history of Discovery World’s Tall Ship, the Sailing Vessel (S/V) Denis Sullivan.

Launched in 2014 at Discovery World in Milwaukee, Love Your Great Lakes is aimed at increasing awareness to the importance of the largest freshwater system on earth and the organizations that make a profound

impact on the health of Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario.The event was created in partnership with The Fund for Lake Michigan, a private foundation based in Milwaukee that has awarded more than $12 million in grants since 2011 to safeguard Lake Michigan and improve water quality in the region.

“The original goal behind Love Your Great Lakes was to help showcase how important the Great Lakes are to the health of our community,” said Discovery World President & CEO Joel Brennan. “Through events like

this one, our entire community can come to better understand the value of our precious freshwater resources both now and into the future. Now, we hope to spread the idea of Love Your Great Lakes beyond our doors to hopefully provide a fun and interactive way to educate and inspire the next generation of freshwater stewards and innovators.”

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