UVM boat rides teach public about Lake Champlain this summer

The public is invited aboard University of Vermont research and educational vessel “R/V Melosira” this summer on one of three educational boat cruises on Lake Champlain hosted by UVM in partnership with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the ECHO Leahy Center. The trip will teach participants about the geologic, cultural, and historical aspects of the lake and its watershed.

The July trip, titled “Stories of Lake Champlain,” will provide a cultural and historical view of Vermont’s largest lake. Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki tribe will share the history of local tribes and their relationship with water. It also will cover the lake’s naval history following European settlement.

In August, participants can try their hand at being limnologists (scientists who study lakes) in the “Life Underwater” trip. 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.

“Stories of Lake Champlain” sails July 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; “Life Underwater” sails Aug 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and August 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All trips depart from the south side of the ECHO building, 3 College St., on the Burlington waterfront. Cost: $25 per person. Participants must be 8 years old or older. For more information and to register: uvm.edu/seagrant/events. For disability-related accommodations, contact Kris Stepenuck, 656-8504 or kris.stepenuck@uvm.edu.

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