LLO Science on Deck


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LLO Science on Deck

Welcome Aboard the R/V Blue Heron!

picture of Blue Heron

Free Vessel Tours and Presentations

Every summer, the Large Lakes Observatory hosts Science On Deck events on the research vessel (R/V) Blue Heron. The Blue Heron is part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), and is chartered by research scientists to explore any of the Great Lakes. These tours are offered on a monthly basis during the sailing season (about five times a year) and we started hosting them in the spring of 2013.

Science On Deck Details

During Science On Deck, we tie up near the Great Lakes Aquarium and extend the gangway so the public can come aboard from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tours are provided by scientists, crew and students to provide an overview of the R/V Blue Heron's layout and research capabilities. A variety of scientists prepare and present results of large lakes studies under a canopy on deck at each event, too. Each scientist will answer questions on a related topic and share photos, graphs, equipment and samples.

If you have a group interested in participating in Science On Deck, please contact Lisa Sundberg at 218-726-8683 or sundb103@d.umn.edu to let us know more details.

We can make accommodations for large groups and design extra activities if we know of your arrival in advance.

2017 event dates will be posted here soon.