The Great Lakes, bodies of fresh water with many features, are 
					connected to each other and to the world ocean.
Principle 1
Natural forces formed the Great Lakes; the lakes continue to shape 
					the features of their watershed.
Principle 2
The Great Lakes influence local and regional weather and climate.
Principle 3
Water makes Earth habitable; fresh water sustains life on land.
Principle 4
The Great Lakes support a broad diversity of life and ecosystems.
Principle 5
The Great Lakes and humans in their watersheds are inextricably 
Principle 6
Much remains to be learned about the Great Lakes.
Principle 7
The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally 
					significant to the region, the nation and the planet.
Principle 8

Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Great Lakes Learning match those of Ocean Literacy.

A Great Lakes Literate Person...

Understands the essential principles and fundamental concepts about the characteristics, functioning and value of the Great Lakes.

Can communicate accurately about the Great Lakes’ influence on systems and people in and beyond their watershed.

Is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the Great Lakes and the resources of their watershed.