Mission, Vision, Values


The mission of ISEA is to inspire a lifetime of Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion in people of all ages.


To foster Great Lakes resiliency for future generations through educational experiences.


Stewardship – We possess an ethic of caring for and protecting the essential functions of the Great Lakes as a vital resource to the surrounding ecosystem and encourage others to do the same.

Education – We provide meaningful educational experiences that inspire hope, enjoyment, and a lifetime commitment to the resiliency of the Great Lakes.

Diversity – We embrace a diversity of races, cultures, abilities, ages, beliefs, sexual identities, and genders as we build our community of volunteers, students, clients, donors, and staff. We strive to increase the representation within our community.

Integrity – We are a team committed to the ideals of honesty, transparency, and accountability in all our behaviors and relationships. A high degree of trust and inclusiveness is the foundation for all that we do.

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