Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian

Lake Huron (July 8-14, 2012)

Application Deadline:
April 30, 2012
Application Process
Online Application Form
PDF Application Form


The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite 4th-10th grade teachers and non-formal educators to participate in a week-long Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop aboard the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's 180-foot research vessel (R/V) Lake Guardian.

Fifteen teachers will be selected from around the Great Lakes basin for the cruise. Workshop participants will receive:

  • Stipend
  • Housing and meals onboard the R/V Lake Guardian for six nights/seven days at no cost to the participant.
  • Exemplary Great Lakes and marine curricula and resources.
  • Long-term support from and communication with Great Lakes Sea Grant educators.

Educators will work beside scientists, participating in Great Lakes research and stopping in ports for additional science experiences. In addition to shipboard and shoreline science, participants will examine curricula and resources and explore classroom activities relating to the Great Lakes and oceans.

The workshop offers first-hand explorations of Lake Huron ecology, geology, geography, weather, and biogeochemical processes, with particular emphasis on human impacts and parallels between Great Lakes and ocean systems. Participants will be involved in the collection of planktonic and benthic organisms as well as water quality data collection and analysis. Participants will visit the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary where they will explore special habitats and informal learning sites with local researchers and scientists. This is Great Lakes learning at its best!


Itineraries & Contacts

Lake Huron: July 8-14, 2012

For more information about the cruise itinerary or questions about the application process, contact:

Steve Stewart
Senior Sea Grant Extension Educator
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
21885 Dunham Rd, Suite 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1030


Facilities & Logistics

The Research Vessel

The R/V Lake Guardian, operated by the U.S. EPAs Chicago-based Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO), conducts monitoring programs that sample the water, aquatic life, sediments, and air in order to assess the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem by using state-of-the-art data collection techniques and instruments during the biannual spring and summer surveys.

The R/V Lake Guardian is the U.S. EPAs largest Great Lakes research and monitoring vessel. It is a zero-discharge ship.


Participants will have room and board in the crew's quarters of the vessel, 2 or 3 berths per room with limited space for gear. Rooms include bunks, desks, lockers, and computer LAN connections. Some quarters have private bathrooms with showers and others have bathrooms shared between two rooms. Onboard recreation, exercise, and meal facilities are available.


Graduate Credits

Graduate-level credit will be available through the University of Minnesota Duluth. Participants receiving graduate credit are responsible for all tuition and fees. Please let us know if you are interested in graduate-level credit.


Application Process

Applications are invited from:

  • Teachers of grades 4-10 from the Great Lakes basin who are willing to incorporate Great Lakes and marine science materials into their classrooms.
  • Educators from non-formal educational institutions that have Great Lakes or marine science exhibits or plan to add such topics to their programs.

Participants will be selected to provide regional geographic distribution and ethnic diversity. Teachers who are Native American or members of groups underrepresented in science and/or who teach significant numbers of students who are members of such groups are encouraged to apply.

Application materials required:

  • Complete the application form through Survey Monkey online*.
  • Personal Statement and Supporting Documentation. See application form.
  • Letter of Reference. All applicants must have a letter of reference from their principal or supervisor documenting the applicants professional qualifications for the workshop and indicating that the administrator will support efforts to integrate Great Lakes/ocean science topics into the curriculum as these topics apply to state science standards.

* We prefer to receive your application electronically. If all else fails, send it the traditional way... Print the application (PDF - Requires Adobe Reader), fill out, and mail or fax to:

Steve Stewart
FAX: (586) 469-6948
Michigan Sea Grant Extension
21885 Dunham Rd, Suite 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036-1030

Application Deadlines:
Completed application with required principal or supervisor signature must be received by April 30, 2012. In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, COSEE Great Lakes will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. All selected applicants are required to view the Safety Aboard the R/V Lake Guardian video available at: prior to participation.


Workshop Objectives

The cruise is designed to promote Great Lakes and marine sciences in formal and informal education, as well as forge lasting relationships between science researchers and educators.

Participants will:

  • Interact with scientists conducting research during the cruise; collect and analyze data en route.
  • Synthesize information and provide examples of how water characteristics interact with land, life, weather, and human activities.
  • Infuse Great Lakes information into existing curriculum or informal education media using traditional and/or electronic means.
  • Compare Great Lakes systems with ocean counterparts, with regard to issues of human impacts and natural changes over time.

Participants will be expected to:

  • Develop a reflective journal based on activities.
  • Participate in research protocol development and implementation.
  • Complete a plan for continuation of course ideas and scientist interaction.
  • Participate in all aspects of program evaluation.

COSEE Great Lakes staff will:

  • Introduce teachers to regional Great Lakes and marine science research topics and high quality curricular and educational resources.
  • Facilitate interactions between teachers and Great Lakes/ocean science researchers.
  • Promote inquiry learning through existing curricular and educational resources, aligning with National Science Education Standards.
  • Facilitate the development, exchange and implementation of curricula and lessons for participants classrooms.
  • Provide for long-term support, evaluation and communication between COSEE Great Lakes and workshop participants.

COSEE Great Lakes Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshops are supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under

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