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Five Niagara University students learned the ropes and a whole lot more during a three-week environmental science program that took place aboard an authentic 19th century wooden sailing ship. Lauren Kapus,’13 (left), Jason Davis, ’13 (center), Danielle Graham, ’14 (right), Joe Grenga, ’12, and Carolyn Trabert, ’12, boarded the Flagship Niagara, a reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship from the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, in Erie, Pa., on July 26. While sailing the Great Lakes, the students studied a customized, credit-bearing curriculum that focused on biology, ecology, chemistry and natural history. They also served as vessel “trainees,” assisting the 18 professional crew members in hauling lines and setting sails. This amazing experiential learning experience, which concluded in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 15, was a first of its kind.