This morning, 15 teachers and non-formal environmental educators finished a week-long, hands-on learning cruise aboard the federal research vessel the R/V Lake Guardian. The teachers worked alongside scientists that regularly monitor the Great Lakes aboard the Environmental Protection Agency ship, which is the only self-contained, nonpolluting vessel on the Great Lakes.

COSEE Great Lakes scientists Helen Domske and Jim Lubner worked in tandem with Purdue University scientist Tomas Höök to lead the workshop designed to promote Great Lakes and ocean sciences and to forge lasting relationships between science researchers and educators. Stephanie Crook, a high school teacher from Portage, Indiana has been keeping a blog of daily activities aboard the 180-foot-long research vessel.