Scientific Excursions Aboard the RV Agassiz

Scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be offered at the Strawberry Festival in Chassell.

How do scientists investigate the health of Lake Superior is the focus of the FREE excursions.


The public is invited to reserve a space by filling out the reservation form or by calling the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at 906-487-3341.  People can also request to be on the list starting at 12:30 p.m. during the event. Spaces go quickly. Each excursion has room for 18 participants. Half of the available spaces will be saved for onsite participants. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are available for all passengers. All must wear closed toe shoes.

On each scientific excursion, Dr. Cory McDonald, a Michigan Tech scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will show how data is collected on water clarity, temperature, and turbidity. Dr. McDonald will explain what that tells us about the health of Lake Superior and Chassell Bay. He will also explain the link between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

“Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and which measurements indicate a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, who has coordinated this program as part of Strawberry Festival since 2006.

“These scientific excursions for the public have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered,” adds Chadde.

The event is funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program, which puts 600 Copper Country youth and adults on the water each year to learn about the health of the Great Lakes and Lake Superior, and to promote STEM careers. Financial support for the Agassiz excursions at the Strawberry Festival is also provided by the Chassell Lions Club.

For information on upcoming Lake Superior Day festivities and the Agassiz in Copper Harbor on Sunday, July 21st, contact Lloyd Wescoat at or call the Center at 906-487-3341. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Chassell, MI, Marina dock

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