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R/V Lake Guardian

2024 Shipboard Science Workshop on Lake Erie

July 7 -13, 2024, Cleveland, OH (starting & ending)

Through a partnership with the US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, and funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through NOAA, educators will spend a full week alongside researchers aboard the US EPA R/V (Research Vessel) Lake Guardian. Facilitated by Great Lakes Sea Grant Network educators, the Shipboard Science Workshops, one per year, rotate among the five Great Lakes and are designed to promote Great Lakes sciences while forging lasting relationships between Great Lakes researchers and educators. Past participants have described the experience as a “once-in-a-lifetime, professional learning opportunity.”

These shipboard workshops provide a unique opportunity that cannot be duplicated by any other educational entity in the basin. The week-long scientific exploration of Lake Erie will take place July 7-13, 2024, providing educators with a hands-on opportunity to explore microplastics, phytoplankton, benthic organisms, sediment, and other Lake Erie-specific topics while living and working alongside Great Lakes scientists on a vessel conducting critical research. This is truly an amazing opportunity for educators.

Beyond participating in the shipboard science workshop, educators also receive a stipend to support integration of Great Lakes Literacy through experiential learning and stewardship with their learners.

The Lake Guardia research vessel on the left is docked along the Detroit River. Three Circles with photos depict a variety of activities that will happen on the voyage in 2024, such as pulling samples from the lake, an educator looking at a vile, and a group photo of participants.

R/V Lake Guardian Shipboard Science Workshop Schedule

  • 2023: Lake Ontario
    • 15 teachers and educators from across the Great Lakes spent a week aboard the US EPA R/V Lake Guardian on Lake Ontario from July 6-12, 2023. Learn more about their experience in this story map.
  • 2024: Lake Erie
    • The application period for the 2024 workshop has closed. Stay tune for 2025!
  • 2025: Lake Michigan
  • 2026: Lake Superior
  • 2027: Lake Huron
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