A project of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement’s SENCER Center for Innovation – Great Lakes that is affiliated with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) engages undergraduate students in environmental service-learning components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) coursework on their campuses.

The activities of these components enhance the capacity of governmental and community-based organizations involved in restoration and stewardship of the Great Lakes ecosystem. These activities also enhance the STEM education of undergraduates in higher education institutions in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

These institutions, along with their community-based partners, are organized into Collaborative Clusters in the 8 Great Lakes states.

Each GLISTEN Cluster’s campus-community partnerships are facilitated by a corps of paraprofessional undergraduate student leaders who are becoming the next generation of Great Lakes stewards.