Open Houses & Tours

As the first graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater, we are a launch pad for critical and fascinating freshwater research. Beginning in Fall 2021, we will be welcoming undergraduate students to our new Bachelor of Science degree program.

Tours of the School of Freshwater Sciences depart from the lobby area at the main entrance to the building along Greenfield Avenue.   The walking tour is around 90 minutes long and focuses on research being conducted by our faculty, scientists, and students.

For more information on our facility, see our Fleet & Facilities page.

General Public Tour

We offer tours to the general public on the third Thursday of the month at 12:30pm.  This tour is intended for individuals and small groups of people.  If you have a group of 15 or more please see the Group Tour section below.  Registrations must be made in advance.  Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age.


Group Tours

Special tour arrangements can be made for large groups.  Group size is limited to 15-60 participants.  Requests for group tours must be made at least three weeks in advance of the desired visit date and are subject to availability.
Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age.


School Groups

Due to the nature of the research going on at the facility we are not able to offer traditional tours to school groups.  Possible exemptions can be made for high school classes/clubs (30 people maximum) that are focused on Great Lakes or Freshwater curriculum.  Exemptions are reviewed by Liz Sutton and must be approved at least three weeks in advance of desired visit date and are subject to availability.


There are opportunities for school groups to be involved in the work of the School of Freshwater Sciences including attending open houses, hosting guest speakers, Great Lakes or Freshwater Science curriculum collaborations, and participating in the Lake Sturgeon Bowl or the Wisconsin Regional ROV Competition.  In order to learn more about the Outreach Department activities or request a guest speaker for your classroom please visit K-12 School Outreach.

Prospective Graduate Students

For prospective graduate student tours and information sessions please contact Student Services Coordinator, Aaron Thiel, at

Still have questions?

Please contact Liz Sutton at 414-382-1718 or for more information on tours or Outreach Department activities.