Stone Lab class applications available

By Deborah Reinhart Brown - Ag update

Applications are now open for 2018 Classes at Stone Laboratory, OSU’s island campus on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers one-day, two-day, one-week, or five-week science courses as well as the five-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program.

Students can earn two college credits in one week or four credits in five weeks in summer science classes on subjects such as aquatic biology, behavioral ecology, and field zoology. Credits are transferable to most U.S. colleges.

Stone Lab classes take students outside the classroom to experience science in the real world, getting up close with the plants, animals, geography, and the ecosystem of Lake Erie. Introductory courses are open to advanced high school students – sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have already taken biology – as well as to college undergraduates in any major, while the wide-variety of upper level courses are ideal for science majors looking for practical experience in their chosen field. New to Stone Lab this year is Water Quality Management, a one-week, two-credit upper-level course exploring the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of water quality, including how the natural watershed processes drive the functioning of lakes and rivers and how humans affect water quality. Stone Lab also offers professional development for educators who are seeking to earn graduate credit or continuing education units toward licensure renewal as well as workshops on topics such as bird banding, fish sampling, and algae identification. Stone Lab’s one- to three-day workshops are specifically designed for working professionals and job seekers. Stone Lab for-credit courses can also be taken as a non-credit workshop with the approval of the instructor. A full course listing is available at There is also information on scholarships that are available and the application form at this site; links are on the left-hand side of the page. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you or someone you know is interested, be sure to check this out soon!!

Our OSU Extension Offices will be closed this Friday, Nov. 10, for Veterans Day. You are free to call and leave a message or send an email, but please save yourself a trip out! We’ll be back in the following Monday!

We will be holding a Master Gardener Training Class next spring, March 1st through April 26. We meet on Thursdays each week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re interested in an application packet, stop by or give me a call/drop me an email. You should have/will soon see more information from our Master Gardener Coordinator Doug Benson.

Well, Mom and Dad celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary a week ago last Friday. We all got together for cake and ice cream … However, we spent about two hours looking at old slides before we even got to the food!

It’s amazing! Most of the slides we went through were from Dad’s Army service time in Germany … and he could still remember where the pictures were taken, who was in them, and where he was standing at the time he took them. Yes, there were pictures of us kids and Mom over the years … To be sure, there have been changes; but, one would expect that from 4, 5, 6 years old until now! There were even some from when the guys used to go fox hunting: About seven guys lined up in front of the old spruce tree with their foxes laid out before them. Yep, good memories!

By Deborah Reinhart Brown

Ag update

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at

The writer can be reached at the OSU Extension office (937-498-7239) or by email at