INLAND SEAS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Protecting the Great Lakes through education

aka ISEA   |   Suttons Bay, MI   |  www.schoolship.org

Mission

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion to people of all ages. Through hands-on, experiential learning activities aboard traditionally-rigged tall ship schooners and along the shore, participants gain the knowledge needed to understand the commitment necessary for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Fred Sitkins

Main address

101 Dame St #218

Suttons Bay, MI 49682 USA

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EIN

38-2866234

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Schoolship

Students gain a unique insight into the basic ecology of the Great Lakes through a variety of Schoolship and Beyond Schoolship programs. Students become scientists for the day and assist seasoned volunteer instructors with the collection and analysis of Great Lakes samples, including fish, plankton and organisms that live along the bottom (benthos). This hands-on experience often translates into an increased awareness of the Great Lakes and promotes stewards.

Schoolship programs include Traditional, Next Gen-Seamanship, Next Gen-Microplastics, and Diving Deeper. Beyond Schoolship include the ROV Engineer and Explore and Bike the Leelanau Trail.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Three-day research-based program for high school students who have a strong interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). On each trip 10 participants eat, sleep, and work aboard the schooner while deeply exploring the functioning and health of the Great Lakes.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Our public programs provide an opportunity for individuals to experience and learn about the Great Lakes through a variety of options. From science to music and art to astronomy, these experiences will bring you closer to understanding the importance of protecting and preserving our freshwater resources.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

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Financials

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INLAND SEAS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pat Seefeld

Sally Somsel

William Chaney

Mary Krantz

John Seefeld

Thom Yocum

Harold Lassers

Patrick Curtin

Mark Forbes

Nancy Powers

Jerry Ring

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No