Inland Seas Education Association Offers Field Trips For Kids

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) collide as students work together to sail tall ships while investigating the ecology of the Great Lakes and careers that support them.

INLAND SEAS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FIELD TRIP DETAILS

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) offers a variety of field trip options that range from a few hours to multiple days. Whether on tall ships, in the wetland, on a local trail, or in the Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station, ISEA offers hands-on experiences related to the Great Lakes. ISEA is in Suttons Bay, MI which is 15 minutes northwest of Traverse City.

Schoolship field trip programs are half-day science learning adventures aboard tall ship schooners. In these programs, students collect and study samples of water, benthos, fish, plankton, and microplastics to evaluate the Great Lakes’ ecosystem health. The programs emphasize the power of small-group learning through collaboration and peer-teaching and tie to Michigan science standards.

In addition to science, participants become sailors as they haul up the anchor, raise the sails, and steer the ship. Through these experiences, students emerge with a personal connection to and stewardship of the Great Lakes. Schoolship programs are offered May-October.

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The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Engineer and Explore field trip program can be added to a sailing excursion or be a field trip on its own. In this half-day program students collaborate in teams to design and build an ROV that will carry out a specific mission. They also maneuver a professional grade ROV to observe and explore the underwater environment.

Students engage with engineering practices, learn how technology can help us observe and protect the Great Lakes, and gain exposure to career paths in marine technology and freshwater protection.

ISEA ship-themed dormitory space can accommodate up to 40 individuals so groups can extend their Great Lakes experience. A set of bicycles is available for exploring the Leelanau Trail or Leo Creek Preserve. Groups can also gather in ISEA’s outdoor classroom or around the fire pit. A variety of conservancies and lighthouses and the Sleeping Bear Dunes are all within an hour distance from Suttons Bay (contact individual organizations for more information).

When the ships aren’t sailing (Nov-April), ISEA offers groups custom programs using the center, lab, and dorm space.

HOW TO BOOK

Visit our website or Facebook to learn more. Request Your Schoolship date by emailing or calling Program Coordinator Stephanie Rustem.

Address: 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI 49682

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