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Ohio Sea Grant

The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

We sustain life.

Through our missions of teaching, research, and Extension, we focus on four grand challenges:

  • Sustainability - simultaneously ensuring viable agriculture production, food security and safety, and environmental and ecosystem sustainability.

  • One health - studying the intersections or interactions among human, animal, and environmental health.

  • Rural-urban interface - exploring the tensions and opportunities created in the communities, industries, policies, economies, and communications among rural and urban residents.

  • Leadership - preparing the next generation of scientists and leaders.


Fairport Harbor Beach

On-site partner: Lake Metroparks

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park serves as a sanctuary for both wildlife and people. Here visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, and lounging on the beach. With acres of sandy beach and protected swimming waters, along the coast of Lake Erie, Fairport Harbor Beach is a safe and enjoyable place to visit. 

Hinkley Reservation - Hinkley Lake Loop Trail

On-site partner: Cleveland Metroparks

Hinckley Reservation features the 90-acre Hinckley Lake, enjoyed by anglers, paddle sport enthusiasts and visitors to the Spillway beach area. Enjoy a day of swimming at Hinckley Spillway and plan a picnic at the nearby picnic tables and grills or grab ice cream at the Buzzard’s Landing. The nearby Hinckley Lake Boathouse & Store offers kayaks, pontoons and stand-up paddleboard rentals throughout the summer. Above the lake, the reservation features hiking and climbing opportunities at Whipp’s Ledges and Worden’s Ledges, the latter of which features unique carvings dating back to the 1940s. The reservation is nationally known for the annual return of the ‘buzzards’ every March 15th. 

North Coast Harbor

On-site partner: Port of Cleveland, PHASTAR Corporation

North Coast Harbor is a district in downtown ClevelandOhio on the shore of Lake Erie. The district serves as the home of the Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumFirstEnergy Stadium, the Steamship William G. Mather Maritime MuseumUSS CodBurke Lakefront AirportVoinovich Bicentennial Park, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. It is served by the West 3rd and North Coast stations on RTA's light rail Waterfront Line.

Olander Park

On-site partner: The Olander Park System, Partners for Clean Streams

The Olander Park System (also known as TOPS) is best known for the 28-acre Olander Lake where you can fish, rent paddle boats or row boats, swim at our supervised natural sand beach, and rent picnic shelters or the community hall. TOPS manages five other parks in the Sylvania / Sylvania Township area.

Ohio Clean Marinas Program

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership initiative between Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks and Watercraft and Office of Coastal Management. The program supports marinas across Ohio by providing education and technical assistance on environmental topics and promoting a voluntary, incentive-based certification program to recognize those marinas that go above and beyond environmental regulations.

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