Inland Seas celebrates 30 years

By Emma Moulton

Sun contributor

As Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) sails into the 2019 summer season, the organization is celebrating 30 years of inspiring curiosity and encouraging stewardship in the Great Lakes region. In honor of this momentous occasion, ISEA is hosting the Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station Grand Opening and 30-Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 21. 

Beginning at 4 pm, attendees will gather for mingling, s’mores, a visit of the grounds, and the opportunity to purchase canoe raffle tickets all while listening to local folk band, Song of the Lakes. Executive Director, Fred Sitkins, will then give a presentation on the organization’s work throughout the years as well as what the future holds for ISEA. Following the presentation will be a ribbon cutting and the official grand opening of the newly renovated biological station. 

Guests are encouraged to walk through the station, visiting various rooms showcasing 30 years of Inland Seas history and hands on science activities as well as artist Deborah Hecht’s Beach Trash Art Exhibit located upstairs. As attendees make their way through the station, Inland Seas will be recognizing the dedication and effort put out by ISEA boards, volunteers, staff, and donors that made the past 30 years of science and stewardship a possibility.