Sail aboard the 77’ schooner Inland Seas on Grand Traverse Bay. This ship is designed specifically for learning about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Become a scientists as you trawl for fish, collect plankton, sample the lake bottom, test the water quality, collect microplastic samples, and much more. You can also become a sailor as you raise the sails and steer the ship!
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion. Through shipboard and on-shore experiences, public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes is enhanced.
Summer sailing opportunities include (two hours sails unless indicated):
Great Lakes Discovery (3-hours)
Great Lakes Under the Microscope
Fishes of Lake Michigan
What's in the Great Lakes Food Web?
Steady the Ship!
Astronomy Under Sail
Breakfast on the Schooner
Music with a Purpose
Painting for a Purpose
Below the Bay - drive an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) - 25 minute sessions in Traverse City at Discovery Pier
More information and the summer sailing schedule can be found at schoolship.org or by calling 231.237.4010.
To learn about the Great Lakes from shore, visit the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. Interact with the learning stations about Great Lakes’ invasive species, explore the Great Lakes watershed on the giant Our Inland Seas mural, look at the live sea lamprey and other fish in the aquariums, touch zebra and quagga mussels and a crayfish in the touch tank, and gaze at the zebra mussel bike hanging from the ceiling. Admission for the Education Center is free. Hours are M–F 8:30 am–5:30 pm.
More information about Inland Seas Education Association, its programs, and schedule can be found at Schoolship.org.