The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

STEM Programs

The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House offers STEM programs on the estate. With more than 3,000 feet of shoreline, the Ford House offers an incredible resource for students studying water. There is access to several bodies of water on the property: Lake St. Clair, Ford Cove, the Lagoon, and the Milk River, each providing an opportunity to collect different data. Students may conduct a variety of studies, including tests for nitrates, pH, dissolved oxygen and phosphates. The readings received lend themselves to a discussion about the health of the Lake St. Clair watershed.

Access for water testing is free to schools bringing their own testing equipment, or for a small fee students may use the Ford House's testing equipment. Group size will be limited to 30 students.

The Ford House also offers a guided Lake Study program. Students will learn about how conservation of the landscape and good environmental stewardship are integral to preservation of the estate. Students will have the opportunity to take water samples from Lake St. Clair and use a variety of methods to determine water quality. Chemical kits, electronic meters, and aquatic life will be used to determine the water quality of Lake St. Clair. Recommended for Grades 6-12. Download the program guide here.

For more information on STEM and environmental programs, contact Education Specialist Gretchen Abrams at or call (313) 884-4222 ext. 139. To schedule your class, contact Mary Fishwick in the Education Department or call (313) 884-4222 ext. 152.