2016 Field Trips

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Cruise n’ Fish Lake Erie
Hosted by Lake Erie Charter – $10

Lake Erie sport fishing is a $1 billion industry in Ohio and its fishing charter fleet is the largest in North America. Sport fishing is an integral part of the support to hotels, restaurants, fish cleaning houses and the boating industry. Our seasoned Captains will drop anchor over areas known to have yellow perch, arguably the best eating of all our fish, attested by the $16/lb. prices. Can you catch one? All fishing gear will be provided, but guests must obtain their own fishing license. A one-day license is $11 (resident or non-resident) and can be purchased using a mobile device. If the image of the license can be displayed on a mobile device and presented upon request, the license is not required to be printed. Go to www.wildohio.gov to get your license.


Explore & Taste Healthy Soil & Water
Hosted by Seneca Conservation District – $10

Two nearby farms will host the group to explore the importance of cover crops and their contribution to healthy soils and clean water. Each farm will also highlight a local winery, microbrewery and food tasting station to heighten the experience and further the lesson of what healthy soil and clean water means to our food and beverage choices. By visiting two different farms in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed, conference attendees will hear directly from farmers how they make crop management decisions and from the National Wildlife Federation and conservation district staff who promote the ecological benefits of planting cover crops.


Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory Tour and Science Cruise
Hosted by Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio State University’s Stone Labs – $20 SOLD OUT

Learn about Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant’s programs and current water related research projects before taking a guided tour of Gibraltar Island including stops at Perry’s Lookout, the glacial grooves and the historic Cooke Castle. We will then board our research vessels for an educational science cruise covering information on the harmful algal blooms and water quality issues facing Lake Erie. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.


Old Woman Creek Estuary Paddle Tour
Hosted by Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve/Ohio Department of Natural Resources/Division of Wildlife – $10 SOLD OUT

Gain a greater understanding of a critical Lake Erie coastal habitat by taking a leisurely float on one of the Lake’s freshwater estuaries! Participants will be led by an interdisciplinary team of natural resource managers, researchers, and educators for a canoe trip through the Old Woman Creek estuary.


Reducing Impacts of Development in Sandusky
Hosted by Erie Conservation District – $10

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky, Ohio is a destination community that wrestles with the impacts of growth on its streams and lake. Join us and learn about some of the ways Sandusky and Erie County reduce the impacts of growth through several innovative best management practices.


Winous Point Marsh Conservancy
Hosted by Winous Point Marsh Conservancy – $10

Participants in this workshop will get the opportunity to tour the historic Winous Point Shooting Club and learn about the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy. Trip will include a Q&A presentation about the shooting club, background on how the conservancy and partners deliver regional conservation programs, and an on-site visit to coastal wetlands and projects.