Past Events

  • Audubon Great Lakes, in partnership with the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly and Great Lakes Commission,  presented the first Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Symposium, an event for conservation practitioners, scientists, and coastal wetland stakeholders. Over the last two days, September 19-20, 2019, at the Maumee Bay Lodge in Oregon, Ohio, participants explored the state of our coastal wetlands in the face of a rapidly changing climate, discuss current topics related to coastal wetland management, and provide input on the management of high-priority sites in the western Lake Erie basin. Participants spent time in sessions and in the field and share experiences with best practices for managing coastal water, vegetation, and wildlife. Click here to download a print-friendly flyer
  • The annual Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC Conference) symposium took place September 11 & 12, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Presented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, in partnership with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  The conference ran from from 9:30 am on Wednesday, September 11 until Noon on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  Contacts: Amy Pelka, 312/886-6785, or  Lynn Garrity, 614/506-0619,
  • Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference

    On September 12, 2019, Ohio Sea Grant hosted the 4th annual Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science conference which will highlight current scientific knowledge related to algal blooms. Research and outreach leaders presented findings from recent studies and identified important areas of uncertainty. Attended by more than 350 people, the event took place from 8:30 am – 5:15 pm at the Stranahan Theater Great Hall in Toledo, Ohio. Click here for more details.

  • The Alliance for the Great Lakes Clean Lake Benefit 2019 met on September 19 at the great Lakes Brewing Company’s Tasting Room.Save the date for a festive evening at Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Tasting Room. Proceeds support our work to make Lake Erie – and all the Great Lakes – healthy, safe, and beautiful.
  • 90th Anniversary of the Lyman Boat Works  at Cedar Point was held on August 22 – 25.The Progressive Cedar Point Boat and Demo Show was held at Cedar Point Cedar Point Marina in Sandusky, Ohio.  It added a special attraction to this year’s show….the 90th Anniversary of the Lyman Boat Works in Sandusky, Ohio!The Lyman Boat Works started building their legendary wooden, lapstrake “clinker-built” rowboats in Cleveland, Ohio in 1875 and made the move west to Sandusky, Ohio in 1929 where the company survived the Great Depression building an array of custom boats and went on to grow the company into one of the prominent names in American power boating history.The attraction included a Lyman Boat Works historical museum, Lyman Boats on display both in water and on land, Lyman Boat rides in Sandusky Bay, Lyman Boat Beer Works on tap, and Lyman Life clothing and accessories.
  • The Tall Ships Are Coming to Cleveland on July 11-14, 2019. You will not want to miss this rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Enjoy some of the finest festival foods, craft beers, music, street performers and reenactments. Enjoy three full days of family fun, amusement and recreation.
  • 16th. Annual Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival was July 6 & 7, 2019.  There were plenty of activities for everyone! FREE, located at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon.  For history of the Toledo Harbor light, click HERE.
  • The Lake Erie Foundation participated in the Sandusky Pride Celebration. The event was held from June 20 thru 23. 

  • Join Us at an Event!  A wide variety of Cuyahoga50 community events, exhibits, performances, and conferences are being held throughout 2019.
  • The Cleveland Raceweek was held June 14-23, 2019.  Cleveland Race Week (CRW) is the largest sailing regatta on Lake Erie and has become one of the largest in the country. The annual event, now celebrating its 39th year, attracts over 300 boats from across the U.S., Canada and internationally.
  • Members of the Lake Erie Foundation and other Lake Erie enthusiasts met with Senator Sherrod Brown at Green Cove on 06-14-19 to discuss lake assets and challenges.

  • The Lake Erie Foundation participated in this year’s Put-In-Bay’s Music Fest!  See below.

  • The Biggest Week in American Birding is a 10-day festival in northwest Ohio, “The Warbler Capital of the World!” Immerse yourself in spring songbird migration and experience some of the best birding North America has to offer. The festival has something to offer beginner and seasoned birders alike, with bird identification workshops, guided birding trips, birding by canoe, daily walks at the world famous Magee Marsh, American Woodcock field trips, keynote presentations, a Birder’s Marketplace, and evening socials with free food and music. Come for a few days or stay for the whole 10-day celebrationVisit LEF’s table at the Maumee Bay State Park in the entrance of the main lodge!
  • The International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) hosted a session entitled “Session 5: Microplastics in the environment: source, fate, impact, detection, and mitigation” at the June 10-14, 2019 conference.
  • Cleveland hosted the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum from May 6-8.  Cleveland and Ohio have long recognized the value of inter-state partnerships and cross collaboration with Canada. The Forum’s theme, From Partnership Flows Sustainable Prosperity, signifies that in today’s global economy, the two countries, along with regional governments, industry and academia, must work together like never before to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration in building the most prosperous, innovative, sustainable, and welcoming cross-border region in the world.
  • The Great Lakes Conference was held on May 8-9, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.  Thanks to Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition Team 
  • Breakfast forum — Farming Practices to Improve Water Quality.  Stephanie Singer, outreach specialist, The Nature Conservancy, highlighted in-field, edge-of-field, and in-stream practices that can increase the sustainability of farming and improve water quality, at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event was hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF). Singer will also discuss strategies to reach the 40 percent phosphorus reduction goal, agriculture best management practices, and partnerships with the conservancy.Click here to register!
  • 2019 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting: 2019 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting, was held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
  • Progressive Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show: (April 26-28, 2019) Port Clinton, Ohio – Catawba Island Club.  LEF Advisor, Keleen McDevitt-Hanway represented LEF at the Show.
  • Adopt-A-Beach Kick Off: By joining Adopt-a-Beach, you can make beaches even more beautiful!  Last year, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers picked up more than 35,000 lbs. of litter from Great Lakes shorelines, and we’re back at it this year.  Join today —  sign up for a cleanup near you.
  • Charity Wine Walk – Downtown Sandusky: Afternoon of tastings with our downtown merchants for a good cause…Lake Erie!   See HERE for LEF display table.  Wine walk organizer Nikki Lloyd with LEF member Rick Graham toasting Lake Erie.
  • Dir. Mary Mertz, head of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) headlined the 4th annual LES&I State of Tourism.  Jim Stouffer, President of the Lake Erie Foundation and CEO of the CIC hosted the event on 04-04-19.  Director MetzShe share her perspective on the importance of her role in the Gov. Mike DeWine administration and her love of Lake Erie.
  • The Lake Erie Foundation held their Annual Meeting on Monday, January 28 at Drackett Hall in Lakeside, OH.
  • The Cleveland Boat Show just concluded, and the Lake Erie Foundation (LEF) was there promoting our great lake.  More than 500,000 families in Ohio own boats and many of them braved the wintry weather to see the latest in boat designs and other related recreational offerings.  See LEF’s booth below:

LEF President Jim Stouffer

LEF Board Member Rick Graham

LEF Promotes “Skip The Straw” Campaign