Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Aboard the R/V Peter Wise Lake Guardian
Date: 07/13/08 - 07/19/08
Location: Aboard the U.S. EPA’s 180-foot research vessel the R/V Peter Wise Lake Guardian
Attendance: Teachers in Grades 4-10 and informal educators

R/V Peter Wise Lake Guardian
COSEE Great Lakes invites 4th-10th grade teachers and non-formal educators to participate in its Lake Guardian Shipboard and Shoreline Science workshop. This year’s cruise on Lake Ontario is designed to promote Great Lakes and ocean sciences in formal and informal education and forge lasting relationships between science researchers and educators. Participants will be involved in field exercises, working with scientists, examining curricula and resources, and exploring classroom activities relating to the Great Lakes and ocean resources.

This one-week workshop takes place aboard the U.S. EPA’s 180-foot research vessel the R/V Peter Wise Lake Guardian. It will offer first-hand explorations of Lake Ontario geography, resources, processes and issues, and demonstrate how Great Lakes science parallels the science of the world’s oceans. Highlights of the trip include passage through the Welland Canal, cruising among the EPA water quality sampling stations on Lake Ontario and stops in ports like Oswego and Clayton, New York. Participants will be involved in collecting plankton and benthic organisms, data collection and analysis, and discussions of how the Great Lakes and oceans change with human activity, geographic location, geology, biology and weather. Participants will also get to interact with researchers and scientists aboard the vessel and during visits to several coastal ports to explore special habitats and informal learning sites. Many teachable moments will occur as we encounter other vessels, observe waterfowl, and stop at shore facilities. This is Lake Ontario learning at its best!

Contact Name: Helen Domske
Contact Phone: (716) 645-3610
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