Where the natural world becomes your classroom.


Where the natural world becomes your classroom.


The Lake Erie islands offer an unmatched learning and research environment. The Kelleys Island Field Station seeks to promote and support environmental education, research, and conservation.

The Field Station is located on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie, 3.5 miles north of Marblehead, OH. Kelleys Island has more than 15 miles of shoreline, over 150 acres of natural protected land and is home to the unique geologic features: the Glacial Grooves and the North Shore Alvar.

Field Station Programs

Youth Summer Programs 
Join us for a summer of fun and adventure! For kids 8-14 yrs old. 

Student Ambassador Internship Program - Summer 2016
Internship program for 15-17 year olds. Runs June 16th - July 30th. 

Seeking On-Call Naturalists and Nature Educators!
The Field Station is looking for naturalists and nature educators interested in 
helping us facilitate outdoor experiences for school and community groups- Learn more and Apply Today!

Group Reservations

Group Reservations

Overnight facilities now available for rental!

The Kelleys Island Field Station is ideally situated to support environmental education programs, field research projects, class field trips, workshops and interdisciplinary collaborations. We encourage groups looking to create these experiences for students to contact us about group rental options.

To inquire about making reservations call 419.746.9001 or contact us.

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K-12 School Field Experiences

Do you remember your first field experience?
We bet you do.

The Kelleys Island outdoor classroom is the perfect place to introduce students to a variety of concepts in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences. Our staff works closely with teachers to design a program that seamlessly connects the field experience to their classroom instruction.

Popular areas of focus include:

For more information or to arrange a visit for your class, contact us at 419.746.9001.

Research Opportunities

Are you interested in conducting research on Kelleys Island?

The unique setting of the Kelleys Island Field Station provides a great opportunity for scientific research for faculty, students, teachers, and engaged citizens. The sheer variety of natural habitats on Kelleys Island and the surrounding islands provide unmatched opportunities for research. Whether it’s an academic research study or a citizen science project we want to know how we can help.

NEW - High School Student Research Program
Research Opportunities

Kelleys Island Photo Gallery