The Schooner Inland Seas weighs over 45 tons, is 77 feet long and has educated more than 94,000 students. Today the vessel turned 20 years old and the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay celebrated with two educational student cruises.
Led by a crew of volunteers, Schooner Inland Seas takes groups of students on four hour long trips where they can truly become a scientist for the day as well as a member of the crew.
More than 200 volunteers are currently active in the onshore and schooner educational programming and teach the students about water chemistry, invasive plants, plankton and other aspects of the Great Lakes.
Len Klein is the lead volunteer instructor and believes Inland Seas is helping students learn a better appreciation for the Great Lakes as well as a desire to protect it.