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 40 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.