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Ohio State’s Stone Lab to Host Annual Open House

Aug. 28, 2023

Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, is opening its doors to the public during its annual Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Guests will be able to take a look behind the scenes at the important Lake Erie science going on at the lab, situated just across the harbor from Put-in-Bay. Free island tours give visitors a chance to peer down from Perry’s Lookout, where the British fleet was first spotted during the Battle of Lake Erie, an important fight during the War of 1812.

Activities at the Open House also include talks and laboratory sessions, summer class information and tours of the South Bass Island Lighthouse (transportation not provided). Free transportation will be available from the Stone Lab Research Building on South Bass Island to Gibraltar Island. The last boat to Gibraltar Island leaves at 3:30 p.m., the last boat off Gibraltar Island leaves at 4 p.m.

Stone Lab merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts and water bottles, will be available for purchase. All proceeds from merchandise sales support Stone Lab scholarships.

For more information, please visit, or contact the Stone Lab office at Put-In-Bay at 419-285-1800.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Stone Lab, Stone Laboratory and Ohio Sea Grant. FOSL is a group dedicated to donating time and money to assist with the planning and funding of the laboratory. For more information about FOSL, please visit

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and the research, education and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Ohio Sea Grant is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, Environmental Science 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 information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit