Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Trash to Marine Engineering/Great Lake Erie Boat Float

In preparation for the Third Annual Great Lake Erie Boat Float, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will present a boat building workshop on 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 3, at the Museum. The event is free with Museum admission.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, director of project development for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, will share hints for attendees to build their own boats out of recyclable materials to float in the Sept. 10 Great Lake Erie Boat Float.

Eriksen built The Cola-hoga, his 13th plastic boat, for the 2009 Great Lake Erie Boat Float and is best known for sailing across the Pacific Ocean on junk built out of 15,000 plastic bottles.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society.

Ericksen will demonstrate techniques and discuss materials he has used to make the 13 plastic boats he has created in the past, including Bottle Rocket, which he sailed down the Mississippi River, and "JUNK" which he created to sail across the Pacific Ocean. Previous participants of the Boat Float have also been invited to share their hints and tell about their experiences in the Boat Float.

Eriksen will also do a buoyancy test for participants.

Wednesday evening admission to the Museum is free for Museum members and $6 for non-members. The Museum is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle.

The Third Annual Great Lake Erie Boat Float is a fun and unique event with an important message about the impact of plastics on the environment. The Boat Float will be held on Saturday, September 10 at Lower Edgewater State Park Beach.

Boat launch is at 10 a.m.

All boats must be made from post-consumer recyclable materials and be family friendly. Registration is required but there is no registration fee.

A beach clean-up follows the Boat Float.

To learn more about the Boat Float, visit The Boat Float is sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Metroparks.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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