Gibraltar Island, OH Educators from across the region can still register their 4th – 12th grade students for a 2012 Lake Erie Science Field Trip at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. The laboratory’s science field trip program, which serves more than 7,000 students each spring and fall, provides an unforgettable and guided hands-on experience where each student participates in interactive science, like pulling a fish trawl net, seining in Lake Erie waters, and looking at Lake Erie plankton through microscopes.
Started in 1973, Stone Lab science field trips align with Ohio’s Science Academic Content Standards and educators can choose from among eight specialized activities to customize their trip, reinforcing their curriculum. Educators can choose from a one- or two-day trip, including a stay in the island dormitory, and field trips include meals served on the island or in the field.
Stone Lab staff members can help educators arrange transportation between the mainland and South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) via ferry and for the short distance from the ferry docks to Stone Lab’s Research dock. A Stone Lab research vessel will take groups from South Bass to Gibraltar Island. Educators can start planning their trips by looking at maps, directions, and contact information for ferry service at stonelab.osu.edu/maps.
To schedule a field trip, group leaders should estimate the cost of their trip and register at go.osu.edu/fieldtrips. Because trips are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, group leaders should have three possible trip dates. If all of a group’s chosen dates have been filled, the Stone Lab office will call to coordinate another possible time for that group to visit. The Stone Lab office will begin confirming trip dates in January, at which time group leaders will receive a confirmation letter and a request for a 10 percent deposit to secure the date.