We are the Great Lakes

As a citizen of the Great Lakes basin, you’re among 36 million people in the United States and Canada who depend on the Great Lakes for food, home, livelihood, recreation and that most basic need, clean drinking water. More than 3,500 plant and animal species—some found nowhere else on the planet—also call the Great Lakes home.

Together these five lakes are a priceless natural resource, holding 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water. Shedd Aquarium is committed to protecting the Great Lakes for the people and wildlife that rely on them.

What's at stake?
Explore more about what's at stake for the Great Lakes!

How can you help?
Learn what you can do to help at home and with us. Your actions matter, so make them count!

Conservator Partners


The Great Lakes Program is generously supported by:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Institute of Museum and Library Services
US Forest Service
Norfolk Southern Foundation
Siragusa Foundation
Dan & Mary Armour and Family
Peoples Gas
Aurelio’s Pizza
Great Lakes Proud
KIND Healthy Snacks

The Great Lakes Program is an initiative of the Shedd Aquarium Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research.