We are not born stewards of the Great Lakes, we are taught to appreciate, love, and protect them. Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) uses hands-on shipboard and onshore educational programs to bring youth and adults one step closer to stewardship of these great lakes. Every donation to ISEA is used to impact individuals with our mission of inspiring Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion. As people personally connect with the Great Lakes, they move into a deeper relationship and want to care for them. Your support helps ISEA to provide more educational opportunities for these individuals through school and individual scholarships, programming, and maintenance of the schooners, Education Center, and campus. By donating to Inland Seas through membership, sponsorship, boat donations, or legacy gifts, you are protecting the Great Lakes through education.

Mail checks to:

Inland Seas Education Association
100 Dame St. #218
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

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Boat for SaleLast Will and TestamentBusiness Sponsorships

Schooner Society

Donors who have a lifetime of giving of $25,000 or more, belong to the Schooner Society, receive a half-model of the Schooner Inland Seas, and have their name displayed in the Education Center on the lifetime giving wall.

Schooner Society Members

Individuals and Families


Lois Bahle and Larry Mawby

The Beers Family

Gordon and Susan Brown

Lawrence and Susan Burks Family

Charles and Susan Cady

Edward and Barbara Collins

Michael and Barbara Dennos

Robert and Nancy Doughty

Michael and Rhea Dow

Gary and Sandy Drew

Darcy and David Dye

Timothy Feist

Mason and Mary Kaye Ferry

Larry and Martha Garber

Mr and Mrs Robert Hagerman

Jack and Bessie Hamm

Robert Howard

Brian and Jennifer Jaffe

Marty and Olivia Lagina

Harold and Pam Lassers

Leslie Lee

Jim and Gwen Rich

Richard and Norma Sarns

David and Carole Shelby

Robert Soltow

Sally Somsel

Anne Thomas

Corporations and Foundations


American Steamship Company

The Edmund F and Virginia B Ball Foundation

The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation

Charlevoix County Community Foundation

The Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation

The Dow Chemical Company, MI Division

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

The Herbert H and Grace A Dow Foundation

DTE Energy Foundation

Earl-Beth Foundation

Ford Motor Company Fund

Rollin M Gerstacker Foundation

Global Marine Insurance

Harleysville Lake States Company

Herman Miller Cares

Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation

W K Kellogg Foundation

Mariel Foundation

National City Bank

NewPage – Escanaba Operations

Northwestern Bank

Oleson Foundation

Paine Family Foundation

The Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation

Rotary Charities of Traverse City

The Seabury Foundation

Seeco Contracting Corporation

Suttons Bay Leelanau Rotary Club

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