Funding Received for Year-Round Programming

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) received two grants and an anonymous gift to assist in the development and implementation of year-round programming as well as for student scholarships. Funding from the Gerstacker Foundation and the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust launch ISEA’s Schoolship and Beyond new five-year strategic plan which focuses on building year-round offerings to utilize their recently renovated campus and facility.

The Gerstacker Foundation awarded $27,250 to ISEA to support the development of year-round programming. This multi-day programming will utilize their dormitory space, laboratory, and Suttons Bay waterfront location. ISEA will begin developing year-round programs this year. To make this work possible, the Gerstacker grant covers staff time, educational consultation, intern stipends, and program promotion. Funds will also be used for partial scholarships to bring students from school districts that would otherwise be unable to have this sort of overnight educational STEM experience.

ISEA will receive $55,750 over three years from the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust (GLFT) to pilot multi-day STEM camp experiences during the winters of 2021-22 and 2022-23. These place-based programs will be designed to increase awareness and understanding of the ecology of Lake Michigan through educational experiences that inspire curiosity, passion, and lifelong stewardship. The pilot program is expected to reach 300 youth with at least 50% from underserved communities. Multi-day programs allow for a deeper understanding of the Great Lakes watershed and promote a solid stewardship ethic. GLFT funding will also be used to evaluate the program for long-term success.

As ISEA broadens the scope and depth of their mission by expanding the Great Lakes stewardship education programs offered to all audiences, they continue to seek additional support. Interested parties can contact Troy DeShano at