Life Underwater Educational Boat Trips
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will host three Summer on the Lake educational boat cruises in July and August.
The public is invited aboard the UVM research and education vessel, the R/V Melosira, to learn about Lake Champlain and its watershed’s geologic, cultural and historical aspects. Trips will focus on one of two themes, Stories of Lake Champlain (July 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.) or Life Underwater (Aug. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Aug. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.).
Trips depart from the south side of the Rubenstein Lab/Echo Building at 3 College St. in Burlington. The cost is $25 per person. Participants must be at the boat 15 minutes before departure. The minimum age to participate is eight-years-old. For more information and to register, visit www.uvm.edu/seagrant/events.
Both trips will begin with an interactive introduction to the geology of Lake Champlain and its watershed. From there, the two themes diverge.
Participants on the Life Underwater trips will try their hand at being limnologists, scientists who study lakes. They will collect biological, chemical and physical measurements to assess the lake’s health and current conditions by towing for and identifying plankton, sampling sediment and monitoring water clarity, among other activities.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Kris Stepenuck at (802) 656-8504 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than three weeks prior to the trip.
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