Here's How You Can Help!


Roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty to keep the lakes great with Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes Action Days! In 2013, more than 800 volunteers and Shedd staff members collected 1,350 pounds of trash from local beaches during Great Lakes Action Days! You can make a difference too—join us for Great Lakes Action Days in 2014 and help restore Lake Michigan’s southern shoreline for wildlife and for you, too.

For Teens:
Shedd Stewards: Team up with Chicago-area teens to monitor, maintain and improve local habitats. Participants can also earn service-learning hours.


You can also help the Great Lakes by donating to Shedd Aquarium's annual fund. Donations to Shedd support animal care, education programs, community access, sustainability practices and conservation initiatives. Become a partner in all that Shedd does—please give now.


HSLE: Join us as we discover the beauties of Lake Superior's natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region in the Apostle Islands with Shedd Aquarium staff members.

Asian Carp: Explore the complex issues surrounding aquatic invasive species like Asian carp in the Great Lakes and what we can do to prevent them from spreading.

Be a Culinary Conservationist!

Your seafood choices can have a big impact on the health of our waters worldwide, including the Great Lakes! Use the Right Bite sustainable seafood wallet guide to inform your seafood choices and visit a Right Bite partner restaurant to take conservation into your own forks!

Take Action at Home

Even the smallest actions can have big impact – click here for some quick tips to help keep the lakes great!