Gibraltar Island Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, is opening its doors to the public during the 19th annual Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017.
Guests will be able to take a look behind the scenes at the important Lake Erie science going on at the lab, situated just across the harbor from Put-in-Bay. Free island tours give visitors a chance to peer down from Perry’s Lookout, where the British fleet was first spotted during the Battle of Lake Erie, an important fight during the War of 1812.
Activities at the Open House include:
- Tours of Stone Laboratory
- Tours of Gibraltar Island
- Talks and laboratory sessions
- Summer class information
- Tours of the South Bass Island Lighthouse (transportation not provided)
Free transportation will be available from the Stone Lab Research Building on South Bass Island to Gibraltar Island. The last boat to Gibraltar Island from the AVC leaves at 3:30 p.m., the last boat off Gibraltar Island leaves at 4 p.m.
“Our annual Open House is a great opportunity for visitors to learn about our research on Lake Erie issues of concern, such as harmful algal blooms and invasive species,” said Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory director. “Visitors also get the chance to be a scientist for a day and step back in time to learn about the history of the region while touring historic Cooke Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”
For more information, please visit go.osu.edu/SLopenhouse, or contact the Stone Lab office at Put-In-Bay at 419-285-1800.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Stone Lab, Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant. FOSL is a non-profit group dedicated to donating time and money to assist with the planning and funding of the laboratory. For more information about FOSL, please visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu/giving/fosl.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and the research, education and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.