The Great Lakes are the largest surface source of freshwater in the world, and they have shaped the geology, climate, economy, culture, and people of their surrounding region. But the Great Lakes are more than just five bodies of water: they’re the land and wildlife that surround the lakes, as well as the people and communities that depend on them.
For more than 50 years, Openlands has been an advocate of the Great Lakes, and we have led many regional initiatives to advance Great Lakes restoration. We will continue to protect and restore the Great Lakes, and ensure they continue to belong to everyone. Learn more.