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ISEA - Great Lakes Education Sails

  • 100 Dame St
  • Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • (231) 271-3077
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  • Seasonal Experience: spring summer fallk
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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
  • Specialty Sails
    • Breakfast on the Schooner
    • Music with a Purpose
    • Painting for a Purpose
  • Below the Bay - drive an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) - 15 and 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–4:30 pm all year, and summer Saturdays 10 am–5 pm.

More information about Inland Seas Education Association, its programs, and schedule can be found at Schoolship.org.

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

  • June 10, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

  • June 13, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Under the Microscope

  • June 21, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Astronomy Under Sail

  • June 23, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Fishes of Lake Michigan

  • June 29, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Under the Microscope

  • June 29, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

  • June 30, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Steady the Ship!

  • June 30, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

What's in the Great Lakes Food Web?

  • June 30, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Fishes of Lake Michigan

  • July 1, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Under the Microscope

  • July 1, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Steady the Ship!

  • July 19, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Under the Microscope

  • July 20, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

What's in the Great Lakes Food Web?

  • July 20, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Astronomy Under Sail

  • July 21, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Fishes of Lake Michigan

  • July 23, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

  • July 23, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Steady the Ship!

  • July 23, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Great Lakes Under the Microscope

  • July 24, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

What's in the Great Lakes Food Web?

  • July 24, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077

Breakfast on the Schooner

  • August 25, 2017
  • 100 Dame St Suttons Bay, MI 49682
  • 231-271-3077