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Great Lakes Discovery Sail


Event Date:

June 19th - August 22nd, 2014
Great Lakes Discovery Sail (Full Schedule)

A unique hands-on experience for the entire family aboard our 77' schooner Inland Seas. On our Great Lakes Discovery Sails, "students" of all ages become Great Lakes scientists for the day, learning more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests.

(Ages 5 and up; $35/person, $25/children under 18)

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. These stations feature hands-on activities built around the samples collected earlier in the trip. At each learning station the ecology of the Great Lakes is stressed and related to the history and culture of the area. You will see and understand your place within the ecosystem.

As the ship returns to the dock, participants have an opportunity to reflect about their experiences aboard the Schoolship and to consider their role in protecting the Great Lakes. Each sail is 3 hours in length. Please arrive at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay (or other designated location) one half hour before sailing time.

2014 Schedule for Great Lakes Discovery Sail

All morning (AM) sails are from 9am to 12pm, all afternoon (PM) sails are from 2pm to 5pm unless otherwise stated.

  • June 19, (PM) Traverse City
  • June 25, (PM) Escanaba
  • July 3, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 7, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 10, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 11, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 17, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 19, (AM & PM) Charlevoix, Venetian Festival
  • July 20, (AM) Charlevoix Venetian Fest
  • July 28, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 29, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 31, (PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 1, (AM & PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 2, (PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 5, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • August 6, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • August 14, (AM & PM) Frankfort
  • August 15, (PM) Frankfort
  • August 19-22, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay

Info provided by:

100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, Michigan 49682

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