Lake Superior Estuarium Tells Estuary and Great Lake Story

The Takeaway: This research reserve attraction provides family-friendly activities and exhibits exploring the area’s ecosystem, natural history, and cultural richness.

The Lake Superior Estuarium is a new exhibit hall highlighting the natural history, ecosystem, and people of the St. Louis River Estuary and Lake Superior watershed and coast. It also houses a classroom and meeting space as well as office space. Part of Wisconsin’s 16,000-acre Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, the estuarium was made possible with funds from the University of Wisconsin-Extension and a $320,000 grant from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management.

This free, family-friendly attraction offers learning stations and touch pads, a children’s play space, local films, and Lake Superior views. Real-time meteorological data from the reserve’s weather station are featured. Other highlights include portraits of local researchers and residents by a National Geographic photographer, and a supersized floor map where visitors “take a walk” along the streams and waterways of the Great Lake’s largest estuary.

The estuarium is located in Superior, Wisconsin. (2018)

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Partners: Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, University of Wisconsin-Extension