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Lake Resilience and Systems Thinking Resource Hub

Whether you are a lake organization member, environmental educator, or you have an interest in protecting lakes —we are excited to share our resources with you.

These materials are designed  to facilitate discussions around long-term changes and planning that lake social-ecological systems may experience. We encourage you to use these resources to facilitate discussions with your organization members, your partners, and your leadership team. These discussions can focus on a specific, existing  issue, or they could be used to direct preemptive planning. Let us know how they work for you. Contact: Eve Whittaker,

Workshop videos

Scenarios and concepts

workshop scenarios-invasives

Resources for lake associations and local stakeholders includes materials to help with lake management planning and to inform lake residents and lake association members on steps they can take to protect lake health.

All States

MGLP Conservation Planner:
Resilience Alliance Website:
Midwest Invasive Species Network:
Resilience thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World:…



Illinois Association of Lake Communities:


Indiana Lake Management Society:


Iowa Great Lakes Association:
Iowa DNR resource list:…


Restore Your Shore:
Michigan Inland Lake Partnership:
Michigan Shoreland Stewards:
Michigan State University Water School:


Shoreline management:
Shoreline Restoration:
Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates:


UW extension:
Surface Water Grants:
Invasive Species:
Lake Water Quality:
Healthy Lakes and Rivers Best Practices:
Lake Clarity Mapping:
Shoreland Habitat Disturbance Viewer:


These materials were developed by researchers at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. This work was made possible by a grant from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Program and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and by grant 1716066 from the National Science Foundation. Thanks to this support, we are able to offer these resources free of charge. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.

Chelsey Nieman - workshop design and delivery
Eve Whittaker - workshop design and delivery

Erin Frick - content design
Lori Quillen - content design
Leslie Tumblety - visual design

Marco Janssen - mentorship
Chris Solomon - mentorship
Ashley Trudeau - workshop delivery

Arizona State University - sponsor
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - sponsor
Midwest Glacial Lakes Program - sponsor