We’re All at Home on the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are among the world’s most precious natural resources. If you live in the Great Lakes basin, you’re one of the 36 million people in the United States and Canada who depend on the lakes for drinking water, employment and recreation. More than 3,500 plant and animal species — some found nowhere else on the planet — also call the Great Lakes home.

Shedd Aquarium is committed to protecting the Great Lakes for the people and wildlife that rely on them. The stakes are high. Our Great Lakes Program focuses on significant environmental issues that affect the wildlife and people in the Great Lakes region — from algae to spruce and minnows to moose.

Keep in touch!

Contact our Great Lakes team.

Join a Great Lakes Action Day

Join our Great Lakes Action Days and give back to the wild places in your backyard.

Become a conservation partner

Contact our Great Lakes team to find out more!

Support us

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.

Conservator Partners


The Great Lakes Program is generously supported by:

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

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