"Our regular sailing season may be over, but ISEA is sailing strong into the winter months."   

-Fred Sitkins, executive director; from the November Newsletter. READ MORE.

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Protecting the Great Lakes through Education

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through hands-on, experiential learning activities aboard a traditionally-rigged tall ship schooner. The knowledge gained through these experiences will provide the education, understanding, and commitment needed for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes.
ISEA was established in 1989 to provide aquatic science, environmental awareness, and sail training classes for learners of all ages. Classes are conducted aboard tall ships to complement traditional classroom studies in ecology, history, geography, geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology.

Record-setting Year for ISEA

Inland Seas Education Association has been working to protect the Great Lakes and foster the next generation of scientist, and we are happy to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Our one-of-a-kind unique approach to education, science, and stewardship of the Great Lakes has been the key to the organizations success.  

2014 is a very special year for the organization as it hits several key milestones and accomplishments.  Since the organization was established in 1989, we have had the opportunity to impact the lives of people of all ages and we are excited that this May we will welcome our 100,000 young, future scientist aboard the ISEA schooner, which will also be celebrating a milestone as the boat hits its 20th anniversary.  In addition, the organization will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of our education center building. These accomplishments have been made possible by your donations. 

With so many things to celebrate, ISEA will be hosting a Great Lakes Celebration, Saturday, July 26, 2014.  This celebration will not only recognize the accomplishments of ISEA, but is intended to be a family fun activity that will you will no want to miss. Mark your calendar and look for updates on our site about the wide range of activities that will be going on that day.




We hope you will take the time to continue helping us meet our commitment to protecting the Great Lakes and developing future scientists and stewards of our Great Lakes. Please take a minute to visit our donation page and support our cause.

Inland Seas Education Association

It is the mission of Inland Seas Education Association to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes through hands-on shipboard and onshore educational programs for children and adults.



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