High Water Levels Greet the Greatest of the Great

June 10, 2018

“It’s the legend of the lake and you never can tell; She can be real mellow then blow like hell . . .” –Legend of the Lake, Pat Dailey

Most of us woke up to calm, clear weather in Ohio. But by 2:30 PM we were rocking and rolling on the RV Biolab just to get to Gibraltar Island. By dinner Field Station Assistants were literally wading on the GIB dock. By dusk 30 mph winds were coming out of the northeast and folks were battening down the hatches.

Unloading students and gear . . . onto the dock??? Photo credit: Molly Triplett

Today marked the start of Greatest of the Great, a seven-day immersive professional learning experience focused on Great Lakes education. Ten representatives from elementary, middle and high school, as well as informal education, convened at Stone Lab. Some were veterans (having previously participated in a week-long CGLL event) and some were greenhorns.

Learning to row . . . but not tonight! Photo credit: Molly Triplett (edited by Angela Greene)

Why are the Greatest of the Great greater than the great? These folks have passion, determination, and a constant drive to keep their students engaged in active learning. They value the need to DO science rather than just learn about it. They are lifelong learners who see beyond the classroom. They facilitate stewardship opportunities for students (and secure thousands of dollars in funding to support it) to promote Great Lakes literacy. They provide amazing learning experiences for students of all ages. Most importantly, they are ready to take on a week packed with Great Lakes learning . . . as long as they…

“Don’t take these Lakes for granted; They’ll go from calm to a hundred knots so fast they seem enchanted.” – White Squall, Pat Dailey