The Spirit of the Lake Erie Islands: The Drama, the Beauty, the Science
Explore gigantic glacial grooves, learn about lake ecology and discover history from the War of 1812 as you take in the natural beauty and vibrant culture of the Lake Erie Islands.
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Program No. 1804RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Make your way to the islands in the western basin of Lake Erie to learn about their fascinating human and natural history. Narrated walks and on-site presentations teach you about the wildflowers, cliffs, snakes, grape harvests and bird and butterfly migrations that make the islands unique.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to one mile, some uneven terrain. Stairways to reach caves and the elevator platform for Perry’s Memorial. Ferry boat to South Bass, day trips by boat to outer islands.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On a boat trip to Kelleys Island, study geology at gigantic glacial grooves and fossil-filled quarries.
  • A scientific voyage with staff from the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory introduces you to lake ecology.
  • Learn about the Battle of Lake Erie as you stand in the shadow of the country’s third-tallest national monument, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and visit other sites relevant to island history.

General Notes

Accommodations for this program are assigned approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the program start. You will be notified about your assigned accommodations when you receive your pre-program information packet. You will be assigned to stay in one of three quaint Bed & Breakfasts.
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Lawrence Krissek
Lawrence Krissek is professor and associate director in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University, where he teaches oceanography, sediments and sedimentary rocks, and earth history. Born in Kansas City, he became interested in oceanography as a seventh-grader. To be near the ocean, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and his graduate studies at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the history of Earth’s climate and oceans.
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