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SUPERIOR- The University of Wisconsin is helping these kids connect to the habitat in their own back yard and become good stewards of the environment.Back in September, many of these Cooper Elementary, 1st and 2nd graders, didn't know the difference between Lake Superior and the St. Louis River, but what a difference now.
"Well Lake Superior holds the most water and is the biggest lake in America," said 6 year-old Kellan.
"And it's really cool that it could cover North and South America with a foot of water," said Tessa.
"There are some fish that are invasive species, and also zebra mussels," said Taylor.
The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve partners with Twin Ports schools, teaching students to cherish the jewel that is Lake Superior.
"Ultimately our goal is to have an engaged public that cares about the watershed and cares about the lake and is able to make smart decisions about it," said education coordinator, Deanna Erickson.
The Rivers2Lake program connects the kids with a resource they can see and touch, deepening their understanding.
"By the end, they know so much. They know more than a lot of adults," said Erickson.
The kids even wrote a book, together, about Lake Superior, culminating with a group reading.
Their enthusiasm speaks for itself.
"Lake Superior and St. Louis Bay meet and they mix then they make water for like fish and bugs," says Kellan.
These are the kind of experiences the kids will never forget and the future of Lake Superior rests in their precious little hands.
The rivers to lakes program has taught the kids that their home has more to offer than they ever imagined.