Welcome to Stone Laboratory
Ohio State University's island campus on Lake Erie offers 25 science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators
Max Frankenberry Junior, Evolution & Ecology major, The Ohio State University
The island itself is such a cool atmosphere because you have a group of people that are all extremely interested in the same things you’re interested in. You sit in the dining hall talking about an invasive species moving in for an hour.
For more than 100 years, Stone Laboratory has been an invaluable asset in freshwater biology research, science education and outreach.
A freshwater fieldstation since 1895 and part of The Ohio State University since 1925, Stone Lab programs have introduced thousands – from elementary students to adults – to the basics of field-based biological science.
Professional researchers from all over the Midwest work here helping to solve the most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes, such as invasive species and toxic algal blooms.
Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, the South Bass Island Lighthouse and Aquatic Visitors Center in Put-in-Bay bring hands-on science and education to everyone who visits.
In addition to field trips and guided tours to visitors, Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer, covering biology, geology and natural resources, among other topics. The island campus has also hosted conferences and educational programs for a variety of groups.