Kelleys Island Field Experience on hiatus during coronavirus pandemic.Kelleys Island group photo

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 developed 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.

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 two nights and to West Creek for one day to develop legacy projects the learning communities will work on with their classmates through the remainder of the year.

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