Kelleys Island Focus Group and Kelleys Island group photoKelleys Island Field Experience on hiatus during coronavirus pandemic.

Despite living on the shores of a Great Lake, too many of our local students have no meaningful intellectual or emotional connections with freshwater in general or Lake Erie in particular. The Collaborative is designed to cultivate groups of students from northeast Ohio in grades 7-12 who will become environmental stewards and care for the places they live and go to school.

The Focus Group is developing model systems that can be used to bring Lake Erie into local classrooms. These model systems are designed to allow students to conduct inquiry-based  investigations into important issues like reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful algal blooms and managing storm water runoff. The model systems will be the foundation of a series of inquiry-based laboratory investigations for middle and high school classrooms. All participating teachers receive a $250 stipend and a complete laboratory kit.

The Field Experience begins with a summer weeklong professional development program for middle and high school teachers with three days and two nights on Kelleys Island and two days at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek focusing on issues of nutrient loading, harmful algal blooms, and storm water runoff. In the fall, each teacher brings a learning community (teacher plus 10-15 of their students) to Kelleys Island for three days and to West Creek for one to develop legacy projects the learning communities will work on with their classmates through the remainder of the year.

Costs for the program are covered by grants, donations, and the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center and includes $250 for each learning community to implement their legacy projects.

Contact Jim Bader for an application or more information (; (216) 368-5289)

2017 Outcomes Summary

2016 Field Experience Agenda

2017 Field Experience Agenda

2018 Field Experience Agenda