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GLIN==> Great Lakes Regional Conference on Ocean Literacy at Shedd Aquarium

The Conference on Ocean Literacy (CoOL) is a national conference, and includes five regional conferences as well (Great Lakes, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest and East Coast).  The Great Lakes Regional Conference on Ocean Literacy will be a one-day forum hosted by Shedd Aquarium.  The program will bring together key participants to discuss the essential principles of ocean literacy and the current challenges and opportunities facing the nation and the Great Lakes region related to educating the public to make informed, responsible decisions about the Great Lakes and other aquatic resources.  Great Lakes CoOL will feature a combination of plenary sessions, keynote speakers and panel discussions live at Shedd Aquarium and as well as sessions broadcast from the national conference in Washington, D.C.  Great Lakes CoOL participants will have an opportunity to network with regional stakeholders, and the group will make recommendations to the CoOL national steering committee, as well as the U.S. Ocean Action Plan's Education Working Group.

Thursday, June 8, 2006, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Cost:  Free!  
Breakfast and Lunch Will Be Provided (vegetarian option available upon request)

Parking Available at the Soldier Field Parking Garage
Mc Fetridge Drive and 18th Street, Museum Campus
($15.00 for the day)

Please RSVP by May 26 to Cecelia Ungari at Shedd Aquarium via email at cungari@sheddaquarium.org (please add "Great Lakes CoOL" to the subject header) or by phone at 312-692-3365.

We hope to reimburse participants for parking and mileage, as the program budget will allow.  Please note that additional information about travel reimbursements will be shared with workshop registrants closer to June 8, 2006.

The national and regional CoOL conferences are made possible by a grant from NOAA.

Melanie Napoleon
Manager, Great Lakes Conservation Initiative
John G. Shedd Aquarium
phone 312-692-3173

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