The Great Lakes Discovery Schoolship Program is a special program designed for those schooling at home and in learning "pods" during the COVID-19 crisis. On board the schooner, students gain a unique insight into the basic ecology of the Great Lakes. They become scientists as they assist ISEA staff and seasoned volunteer instructors with the collection and analysis of Great Lakes samples, including fish, plankton, and organisms that live along the bottom (benthos). This hands-on experience increases awareness of the Great Lakes and the development of stewards. In addition to learning about the ecosystem, students also become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. While the schooner is under sail, small groups move through a series of learning stations. Suitable for grades 3-12, this 3-hour program sails in Suttons Bay, MI and can accommodate up to 15 passengers. Cost is $15 per person. This program is only for those schooling at home and learning pods. At least one adult must be present with each group. Discounted charters are available for public participants. Precautions taken for COVID-19: • Smaller groups at each station. • All on board wear masks. • Stations are sanitized between groups. • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the ship. • Stations have been spread out. • Liability waivers for current health conditions. Program Times September through mid-October. Check schedule for specific dates and times. Duration 3 hours Meeting Place and Check-In Time • Your experience will depart from 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI 49682 • You should meet at the boat, NOT at the Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station office. • Please arrive 20-30 minutes early before your scheduled departure. • If you are lost or running late, please call the ship phone at (231) 620-9719. • Please note that marina parking is for marina guests only. What to Wear Please dress according to weather predictions, and for cooler temperatures on the water. We recommend you do not wear flip-flop type shoes. What to Bring/What Not to Bring • May bring bottle of water • Do not bring any glass containers • Do not bring any outside food on board Additional questions can be directed to Stephanie Rustem at firstname.lastname@example.org.