Stone Lab Hooks Students on Science

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Stone Laboratory, Ohio State University's Island Campus on Lake Erie, is a living laboratory where students from grade four through adults learn about Lake Erie, Ohio's most valuable natural resource. With hands-on activities, Stone Lab immerses its students in science. From capturing fish on Stone Lab research vessels to examining lake sediments under microscopes, students experience firsthand what it takes to be a scientist and steward of Lake Erie. The program, which is Ohio Sea Grant's education arm, teaches 20,000 people every year.


IMPACT. 1: In the last 30+ years, Stone Lab's outreach program and its ODNR-partnered Aquatic Visitors Center have educated over 175,000 island visitors about Lake Erie and environmental issues. -- 2. Stone Lab annually offers more than $65,000 of scholarships through its endowments and 20 courses and research opportunities to advanced high school students, teachers, and college students from around the country. -- 3. More than 6,000 students from Ohio and the surrounding states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois come to Stone Lab's field trip program every year.
OSU PARTNERS: Ohio Sea Grant College Program; Office of Research; College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education and Human Ecology; College of Public Health; Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; School of Environment and Natural Resources; School of Earth Sciences; Continuing Education; Graduate School; Student Life
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: 100 schools from 5 states; Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Bowling Green State University; Ohio University; Miami University; Kent State University; Case Western Reserve University; Heidelberg University; John Carroll University; Cleveland State University; University of Toledo; Wright State University; Mount Union College; Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center; Lake Erie Islands Chapter of Black Swamp Conservancy; Lake Erie Islands Historical Society; National Park Service-Perry's International Peace Memorial; Island Transportation; Miller Boat Line; The Jet Express; The Boardwalk; Friends of Stone Laboratory
PRIMARY CONTACT: Jill Jentes Banicki (



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