Gibraltar Island Workshops at Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, are the perfect way to pick up a new hobby or add some professional development to the summer. This year’s offerings last from one day to a week, and some workshops offer continuing education contact hours.
For those looking to expand their professional know-how, Algae Identification and Dealing with Cyanobacteria, Algal Toxins and Taste & Odor Compounds help prepare water treatment plant operators for harmful algal blooms that may affect their water intakes. Fish-Sampling Techniques, Fish Aging and Larval Fish Identification were developed with the help of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and are taught with ODNR staff to give job seekers experience with techniques needed for agency employment. And workshops like Water and Wildlife Training for Educators, Field Geology for Educators and Enhancing Earth Science Education with Educational Technology help teachers and other educators bring Lake Erie knowledge and new teaching techniques back to their classrooms.
If learning a new hobby sounds more interesting, Introduction to Bird Identification and Banding takes advantage of the height of spring migration on Kelleys Island to teach the basics of birding and ornithology. Lake Erie Sport Fishing introduces participants to fishing techniques and technologies, and focuses on hands-on experience with daily planned fishing trips.
A complete listing is available online at go.osu.edu/SLworkshops. Workshop registration occurs on a rolling basis, but early application is recommended to reserve a spot.
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. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit stonelab.osu.edu.