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Straight from the fish's mouth

In addition to a wide range of college classes, Stone Lab, Ohio State's island campus on Lake Erie, is once again offering non-credit workshops this summer and early fall. These one- to three-day workshops allow participants of all ages to catch a glimpse of Lake Erie science and recreation opportunities, and most get a taste of the Stone Lab experience with an overnight stay on Gibraltar Island.

Workshops on fish sampling and algae identificationintroduce students to some of Lake Erie's smallest inhabitants, and some of the courses may be taken for EPA professional development contact hours. Stone Lab's Outdoor Photography Workshop focuses on improving students' digital photography skills to help them move from snapshots to truly stunning nature photography. (A sampling of last year’s photos can be seen here.) And the Lake Erie Sport Fishing Workshop introduces hobby anglers to new fishing techniques and background on fish behavior to improve their future fishing experiences.

All of this summer's workshops are listed here, and applications are availablehere. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so all applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. More information about costs is available at the link for each individual workshop.

Located on 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Lab is the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, the lab is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the U.S. and is the center of Ohio State's teaching and research on Lake Erie. The lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For more information, click here.

For more information, contact Stone Lab's Columbus office, 614-292-8949,

-- Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant Communications