The ISLS program took a new direction expanding its reach in urban watersheds through a new eight day non-residential institute held on West Creek in Parma in June 2012. The non-residential institute like its residential predecesor, serves to engage high school participants (students and teachers) in hands-on inquiry-based science. The purpose of the institute was to engage students and teachers in learning about their own relationship to their own urban watersheds (West Creek and Big Creek).
The UWISLS program is funded by Hiram College, Kent State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, The Gund Foundation via The Alliance for Water Future, The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metroparks, the Cleveland Zoological Society and CLEAN (Collaborative Learning through Environmental Action Network. High school students and teachers from Parma, Valley Forge, Brooklyn, Rhodes, and John Marshall high schools are participating throughout the 2012-13 academic year.