|Call the ISEA office to check availability and make your reservations. The schooner Inland Seas sails from Suttons Bay unless otherwise noted. Please arrive one half hour before the listed sailing time. |
Family Science Sail (Ages 5 and up; $35/person, $30/children under 18)
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family. Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. Each sail is 3 hours in length.
|June 19: 9:00am|
June 20: 9:00am & 2:00pm
June 21: 2:00pm
June 25: 9:00am & 2:00pm
June 27: 2:00pm (Traverse City)
July 1: 9:00am & 2:00pm
July 2: 2:00pm
July 3: 9:00am & 2:00pm
July 5: 9:00am
July 10: 2:00pm (Escanaba)
July 18: 9:00am & 2:00pm
|July 19: 9:00am|
August 9: 9:00am & 2:00pm
August 10: 2:00pm
August 17: 2:00pm
August 21: 9:00am & 2:00pm (Frankfort)
August 22: 9:00am (Frankfort)
August 26: 9:00am & 2:00pm
August 27: 9:00am & 2:00pm
August 28:9:00am & 2:00pm
August 29: 9:00am & 2:00pm
August 30: 9:00am & 2:00pm
Tall Ship Birding Cruise (Adults; $55/person)
Join birding experts as we take a close look at the ruins of Ustick Cottage and the gulls, terns and cormorants nesting on Gull Island. Due to the sensitive habitat of the island, we will not be going ashore.
June 1: 10:00am - 2:30pm, includes lunch
Astronomy Under Sail (Adults; $45/person)
Leave the Inland Seas dock in Suttons Bay just before sunset and sail away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. Astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and discuss the legends behind their names. Each sail occurs during a new moon.
July 5: 9:15pm - 11:30pm
August 2: 9:00pm - 11:15pm
August 9: 9:00pm - 11:15pm
Sept. 5: 8:00pm - 10:15pm
Maritime History Under Sail (Adults; $55/person)
Discover the rich maritime heritage of Grand Traverse Bay. Sail the bay as in days of old, guided by the ship's crew and a guest faculty of local historians.
June 19: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, includes dinner, Suttons Bay
Making the Great Lakes Great (Ages 5 and up; no cost)
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, in partnership with Grand Valley State's Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. Programs are 3 hours.
11th Annual Invasive Species Field Course (Teachers/environmental professionals; no cost)
|June 21: 9:00am (Suttons Bay)|
June 27: 2:00pm (Traverse City)
July 2: 9:00am(Suttons Bay)
July 11: 9:00am (Escanaba)
July 26: 9:00am(Mackinaw City)
|August 12: 2:00pm (Charlevoix)|
August 13: 2:00pm (Harbor Springs)
August 14: 2:00pm (Petoskey)
August 20: 2:00pm (Frankfort)
August 23: 9:00am (Leland)
The Invasive Species Field Course has been developed to teach educators and environmental professionals about invasive species in the Great Lakes region, and to prepare them to effectively teach their students, colleagues, and volunteers about invasive species. Emphasis will be on aquatic invasive species and the concept of prevention through education.
June 26-28: Traverse City - Suttons Bay
Whaleboat Cruises (Ages 5 and up; $12/adult, $10/child under 18)
Whaleboat programs take place on an ex-Navy motor Whaleboat and are a combination of science and history. Participants will sample and identify a fish sample, collect a plankton sample and learn the role of these organisms within the Great Lakes food web. Participants will also learn how the Great Lakes were created and how that shaped the development of shoreline communities.
Saturdays starting June 22, 2013: 10:00-11:30am, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-5:30pm. All ages.
Available for charters, call the office at (231)271-3077 for details.
Young Women in Science - Great Lakes Research Methods(High School aged women - $360, scholarships available)This is a two-day overnight research-based program for high school girls with a strong interest in science. The ten participants will work in small groups to design and complete a research project on Great Lakes invasive species or other water related problem. Students finish the program with a public presentation of their research results. Students have meals and sleep aboard the schooner. Sponsored by Michigan Zonta International. Call the ISEA office for application details.
June 17 - 18, Suttons Bay
July 14 - 15, Escanaba
August 1 - 2, Suttons Bay
Young Men in Science - Great Lakes Research Methods.(High School aged men, $360)
Similar to the Young Women in Science program described above. Call the ISEA office for details.
August 15 - 16, Petoskey to Suttons Bay
Current volunteers & donors to ISEA are welcome to sail with us on transit sails on the following dates at no cost. Please call the ISEA office to reserve your space.
Custom programs available for your group (churches, youth groups, scouts, neighborhood associations, family reunions, home schools, etc.). Contact ISEA at 231-271-3077 to plan your trip!
Visit Inland Seas dockside this summer during our port visits.