Indiana Dunes NL
Jul 16, 2004 13:11 PDT
Kim Swift and Valerie Taylor
219-926-7561, x245 & 246
July 16, 2004
Porter, IN. The Lake Guardian, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s striking 180-foot research vessel, is steaming into five Great
Lakes ports next week carrying K-12 teachers participating in this
year’s weeklong Great Lakes Teacher Institute.
The floating workshop will bring its classroom ashore as the ship
docks in ports around Lake Michigan from July 19-23, launching from the
Port of Indiana, traveling to Grand Haven, Muskegon and South Manitou,
Mich., and on to Milwaukee before returning to the Port of Indiana.
Nineteen teachers will live aboard the ship and learn from Great Lakes
experts and scientists about lake ecology, as well as some of the major
threats to lake health posed by population pressures and invasive
species. Participants will also pilot activities from a newly revised
“Great Lakes in My World” curriculum, developed by the Lake Michigan
Federation to assist educators in teaching students about this
unparalleled natural resource that shapes the region’s environment and
“Learning what’s important about where they live adds value to their
own backyard,” said Stephanie Smith, the Federation’s education program
manager and an Institute coordinator. “This is a living laboratory – a
living, breathing ecosystem that is right under our noses and is often
The teachers will conduct hands on-science: performing water quality
and temperature tests aboard the ship, viewing a live dive broadcast by
Aquatic Resources Interactive, and observing the lake bottom through the
lens of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that plunges beneath the
water’s surface and sends back images of what it sees. The ROV will also
be used for teachers to observe a team of professional divers exploring
an old shipwreck off the shores of South Manitou.
The Lake Guardian spends most of the year on Great Lakes research
missions. This is only the second year the EPA has awarded a competitive
grant for the ship to be used to take teachers on an educational voyage
around Lake Michigan; the first was in 2002.
“We’re pleased the Lake Guardian can be used to help these teachers –
and in turn, their students – learn more about the Great Lakes,” said
Gary Gulezian, director of EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office.
“It’s going to take a team effort to meet our goal of restoring and
protecting this true national treasure, and we welcome the efforts of
those who want to help make the Great Lakes greater.”
In addition to the Federation and EPA, this year’s Institute sponsors
include Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes Environmental
Learning Center, Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources
Institute, Isle Royale Institute, Great Lakes Research & Education
Center, Chicago State University, and Indiana University Northwest.
To chart the Lake Guardian’s progress and see a daily trip log, visit
Great Lakes Teacher Institute 2004 docking schedule: (Participants
available for interviews and photos before and after boarding the Lake
NOTE: Times listed are Eastern time zone unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, July 18:
9:00 A.M.CDT: Participants arrive at Indiana Dunes Environmental
Learning Center, 700 Howe Road, Porter, IN for first day’s activities on
shore. Participants will stay overnight at the Learning Center and
prepare for their departure on Monday.
Monday, July 19:
9:00 A.M.: Lake Guardian departs from Port of Indiana, Hwy. 249 North in
7:00 P.M.: Lake Guardian docks in Grand Haven, Mich. LOCATION
Tuesday, July 20:
7:00 A.M.: Lake Guardian docks in Muskegon, Mich. at Lake Michigan
Field Station; Lake Guardian and participants will spend the day in
Muskegon, boarding the W.G. Jackson vessel and visiting the Annis Water
4:00 P.M.: Lake Guardian departs Muskegon.
Wednesday, July 21:
7:30 A.M.: Lake Guardian anchors off of South Manitou Island, close to
National Park Service dock off the island. Participants will be viewing
a live dive conducted by Aquatic Resources Interactive on board the Lake
Guardian and touring South Manitou Island with Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore staff.
5:00 P.M.: Lake Guardian departs S. Manitou Island.
Thursday, July 22:
8:00 A.M.: Lake Guardian docks in Milwaukee, Great Lakes Water
9:00 P.M.: Lake Guardian departs Milwaukee.
Friday, July 23:
9:30 A.M.: Lake Guardian arrives at Port of Indiana. Participants
disembark and return to Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center for
morning activities and lunch. Course ends at 1 p.m. CDT.
*These times are approximate and can change due to weather, schedules,
etc Call to confirm..
Cell phone numbers of instructors on board to confirm times during
• Stephanie Smith, Lake Michigan Federation: 312-497-1049
• Kim Swift, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 219-201-4149
• Janet Vail, Annis Water Resources Institute: 616-443-1411
• Wendy Smith, Great Lakes Research & Education Center: 219-241-2168
* To chart the Lake Guardian’s progress and see a daily trip log, visit
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