This is a FREE tour, but donations to support the Northeast Ohio Happy Homeschooler Calendar meetup group will be graciously accepted and appreciated.
This is the first of 4 that will be held this week. Please only count the children who are interested in the tour in your RSVP. There is a 15 child limit for each tour. Do not count yourself or tag-alongs. If you are only bringing one child, do not add another "guest". For example, if you are bringing two interested children, you would say you are bring one guest. You and your "guest" count as the two interested children. Number of guests should equal number of interested children minus one. (Sorry, I know this is confusing. Ask me if you don't understand: [masked])
My family will probably go to Fairport Harbor beach (east end) afterwards, and you are welcome to join us with a packed or purchased lunch if you wish. There is a concession stand with basic food like pizza and hotdogs.
Fairport Harbor Beach is located at 301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077. http://www.lakemetroparks.com/select-park/fairport.shtml
It is a short drive from the Fairport Harbor Fisheries Research Station, which is located at 1190 High St., Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077
Link to the Research Unit's page:
Description of tour from the Fisheries Biology Supervisor:
"Our research station tours are about 60-90 minutes long and include a
tour of our facilities, wet lab and dry lab, and some experience
'fishing' on land. It is usually best just after we have completed
some field sampling. We would prefer mid to upper grade school or
higher, they can be around sensitive equipment and generally have
better attention spans. The fish will be dead, and most will be on
ice or frozen."
From the website:
"Our primary mission is to assess and manage fish populations and
fisheries in Lake Erie's Western and Central basins and their
tributary streams. We sample Lake Erie fish populations with trawls
and gill nets aboard our research vessels.... We use our research
vessels to monitor the food web and the spread of exotic species in
the lake. We monitor fish populations' abundance, growth, age, diet,
and health. We also perform seasonal surveys of Lake Erie's sport
fishing anglers and commercial fishing boats. We assess, protect and
enhance habitat for aquatic life in Lake Erie and its tributaries. We
complete environmental reviews of planned development projects in the
watershed to insure habitat protection and resource integrity."
My little fisherman is looking forward to this. We're looking forward
to sharing this with everyone. For your homeschooling requirements,
this activity counts for math, science, social studies, and probably
several others. ;)