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The state Department of Environmental Conservation and a coalition of environmental groups are collaborating on a series of workshops that will give teachers background for lessons on the Great Lakes.

The centerpiece of the program is a week-long Great Lakes Academy July 29 to Aug. 2, which includes educational field trips and cruises. A $2,000 stipend will be given to teachers who attend the academy and complete a service project with their students.

In addition, day-long Great Lakes Institute workshops focusing on the Buffalo River and Niagara River will be given April 20, April 27, June 1, June 29, July 18, Aug. 14, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. For information and to register, call 683-5959 or go to the education link at www.dec.ny.gov.