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Summer Lake Superior Shipboard Science Workshop on S/V Denis Sullivan

August 5 - 12, 2019

Who: Teachers, Outreach Program Educators, and Ojibwe Knowledge Keepers from Minnesota and Wisconsin, including:

Mentor educators: Experienced with Great Lakes shipboard science, literacy, and/or traditional ecological knowledge

Mentee educators: Ready, willing, and eager to learn and implement the above

When: The workshop begins on Monday, August 5 and ends on Monday, August 12.


Where: Participants will convene in Duluth, Minnesota board a bus, travel to St. Ignace, Michigan, and sail across Lake Superior to Duluth, arriving just in time for the Parade of Tall Ships to sail under the famous Duluth lift bridge.


Read more and apply here:  Center for Great Lakes Literacy ( Priority application deadline is Monday, May 13.  Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted by Monday, May 27th.


More workshop details:

Learn about Great Lake tribal approaches to natural resource management and research incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Ojibwe Cultural Relationships to Water, and Western Science

Gain understanding about Tribal Treaty Rights, history of tribes along the Great Lakes, and co-management efforts along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan

Learn about the importance of Ojibwe cultural relationships to the ecology of aquatic species, land, water, and air

Gain an understanding of Great Lakes ecology and water quality and get hands-on experience monitoring water quality and biota

Leave with exemplary curricula and resources

Become part of a community of Great Lakes educators, outreach professionals, scientists, and others focused on increasing Great Lakes and traditional knowledge literacy

Receive ongoing communication and support from Sea Grant and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College education/outreach specialists

Become eligible for small grants and monitoring equipment loans to implement what you’ve learned in your own teaching

Help sail a replica 19th Century wooden schooner


Housing and meals provided aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan; additional stipend provided to cover miscellaneous travel expenses

Sixty contact hours in science education

Two graduate credit hours available ($360 paid by participant)


About the S/V Denis Sullivan: The S/V Denis Sullivan is the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner, providing a very unique glimpse into the rich maritime history on our freshwater seas. Participants will be expected to work alongside professional crew members on periodic  4-5 hour assigned watches and participate in every component of the voyage, including: raising and lowering sails, dropping and pulling up the anchor, sweeping and mopping, and cleaning the heads (bathrooms). Participants will sleep in co-ed sleeping quarters and will need to climb and descend stairs with a 60 degree incline.


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This workshop is funded by:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College


Partner organizations:

Center for Great Lakes Literacy

Minnesota Sea Grant

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Discovery World Science and Technology Museum