Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) announced their public summer sailing schedule last week. The nonprofit provides educational programs to schools aboard their 77′ schooner, Inland Seas, and the chartered Manitou each spring and fall. Spring Schoolship will begin May 7. Public summer sailing programs begin in June and support the organization’s operations to continue to provide Schoolship programs at affordable costs to school districts.
In line with their educational mission, many of the summer programs are science sails. These sails include their foundational three-hour Great Lakes Discovery Sail and recently developed two-hour sails Great Lakes Under the Microscope, Fishes of Lake Michigan, What’s in the Great Lakes Food Web? and Steady the Ship. The first specialty sail offered this summer will occur on Father’s Day in which a discount is being offered to father’s and their children who sail together. “We want to honor the fathers and father-figures by providing this unique opportunity to spend time with their children.” said Courtney Bierschbach, ISEA Program Coordinator. ISEA will be partnering with Painting with a Twist, musician Dan Hall, TART, Short’s Brewing, and a local winery to provide painting, music, biking, beer, and wine sails, respectively. Breakfast sails and Astronomy sails round out the specialty sail schedule, both of which often sell out. New this year, 10 participants can extend their astronomy experience by sleeping on the ship and eating an authentic schooner breakfast.
Unlike traditional sailing attractions, ISEA does not offer public programs every day (check schedule here) as they continue to provide educational opportunities for youth, schools, and other groups. ISEA’s five 2018 Young People in STEM three-day trips take 10 young men or 10 young women on a research adventure around northern Lakes Michigan and Huron. These programs are open to all high school youth ages 14-18. Other groups charter the schooner for their programs throughout the summer. This is the third summer Chicago Yacht Club has sponsored a Young Women in STEM trip for their area youth, and University of Michigan professors use the schooner Inland Seas for extended summer learning for their classes.
To learn more about ISEA’s programs, visit schoolship.org/programs.