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ORGANIZATION: Inland Seas Education Association

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Teaching on the Schooner.
Our instructors teach students during their field trips. The ship is very stable so it's seldom rocking and wavy, but it's sometimes cold and rainy. This is one of the most fun jobs you can have!

Inland Seas Education Association has a mission of fostering Great Lakes stewardship, curiosity, and passion. We accomplish this mission through a variety of hands-on programs that immerse participants in some part of Great Lakes Science.

ISEA’s Schoolship program is for students from 4th-12th grade. Students come onboard and participate in a three and a half (3.5) hour hands-on Great Lakes ecology experience, designed to promote stewardship of the Great Lakes. Our Schoolship instructors are trained by ISEA staff and become proficient in a learning station (no experience is necessary). Instructors guide students in small groups as they rotate through stations and discover the wonders of the Great Lakes. Our sailing season is mid-May through mid-October. Spring and Fall are dedicated to school groups, while the summer programs are open to the general public.

As a Schoolship instructor volunteer, you will:

· Assist students as they rotate through stations, learning about plankton, benthos, fish, water chemistry, microplastics, and seamanship
· Share information about Inland Seas with participants

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About Inland Seas Education Association


P.O. Box 218, 100 Dame St., Suttons Bay, MI 49682, US

Mission Statement

Inland Seas Education Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion.


ISEA is a non-profit educational organization made up of scientists, sailors, educators and concerned citizens. Since our founding in 1989, 125,000+ participants have sailed aboard our traditionally-rigged tall ship schooners while participating in ISEA's Schoolship Program on the Great Lakes.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


100 Dame St.Suttons Bay, MI 49682



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Water Recreation
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Each Schoolship program is 4 hours.
  • This teaching takes place on a tallship in all types of weather on the Great Lakes (primarily on Lake Michigan).

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