Transiting Four of the Five Great Lakes

In the summer of 2019, the schooner Inland Seas and the schooner Utopia spent time in four of the five Great Lakes. During Inland Seas Education Association’s (ISEA) first ISEA Cafe of 2019/20, photos and stories of their experiences will be shared and discussed. The ISEA Cafe will take place at the Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station at 100 Dame Street in Suttons Bay, MI on Wednesday, November 20 from 1:00-3:00 pm. The event is free.

In addition to her home port of Suttons Bay, MI, programming on the schooner Inland Sea occurred in Charlevoix, Hessel, Detroit, Trenton, Cleveland, OH, and Green Bay, WI. The schooner Utopia traveled to Harbor Springs, Green Bay, WI, Escanaba, and Duluth, MN. Volunteers were instrumental in assisting staff as they sailed the ships to the various ports and provided programming while there. Both staff and volunteers will be sharing their stories at the ISEA Cafe. Hot beverages will be provided by ISEA.

ISEA Cafes are an informal monthly gathering of the ISEA community to stay in touch during the non-sailing season and to deepen understanding of the Great Lakes. “We welcome anyone who has interest in learning more about us and what we do,” shared Juliana Lisuk, Volunteer Coordinator for the Inland Seas Education Association. The Cafes give those involved with ISEA another opportunity to introduce their friends and family to ISEA, but the public is welcome to attend as well.

Additional ISEA Cafes will take place on:

  • December 18: Invasive Species and Recent Changes in the Lake Michigan Food Web – Presentation and discussion led by special guest Steve Pothoven, Research Fish Biologist, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory – NOAA
  • January 15: Ship Culture, History, and the Way of the Ship
  • February 12: The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis – Discussion of various portions of the book. (Reading the entire book prior to the cafe is not required for attendance.)