Thanks to the Capitain and Crew!

June 24, 2006

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Lake Guardian Crew

We are so thankful to the Captain and Crew of the Lake Guardian. They are all the absolute best and we could not have had this amazing journey without them!

Sailing Into the Sunset

June 23, 2006

Displaying a Flag

After dinner, everyone shared what they captured on the flags that we decorated all week. Everyone was so creative and thoughtful - it was a great way to culminate this amazing week!

Here’s the chorus to a song that many contrbuted to during the week as well…

There’s scientists and teachers
Aboard Lake Guardian
We go from stations to the labs
The learning’s so much fun
We need to work together
Through rain and wind and sun
Crossing Great Lake Erie
COSEE will get it done


We didn’t exactly “sail” into the sunset, but it sure was spectacular. What an awesome way for us all to reflect and take in the beauty of the Great Lake Erie. We learned and shared so much together. It was a great week aboard the Lake Guardian!

Jam-packed Day!

Canoeing at Presque Isle

We started the day canoeing and kayaking the lagoons at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. Everyone had a great time taking in the beautiful serene nature and watching birds and other wildlife. Species sited or heard included: yellow warbler, pine warbler, common yellow-throat, alder flycatcher, cedar waxwing, song sparrow, and muskrat.

Learning about History

Bob Wellington presented everyone with a history of the Erie shoreline as we left Presque Isle Bay. His photos really gave everyone a great snapshot of how the shoreline has changed over time.

Examining Fish in the Lab

Back in the lab, educators used a dichotomous key to identify Lake Erie fish with the assitance of Bob Wellington.

Walleye in Food Web

The activity To Catch a Walleye from the Ohio Sea Grant book Life in the Great Lakes was played to demonstrate the Great Lakes food chain.

Rosette Sampler

Water sampling with the Rosette sampler was conducted at 60 meters - the deepest sample taken during the week. Data was entered to ensure that all parameters were captured.

Jackie Adams showed the educators how to conduct the water chemistry tests including measuring dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, alkalinity, and turbidity.

Box Core Sample

Everyone checked out the box core sample from Lake Erie’s floor. On the top were many Quagga mussels!

Blinded Me With Science…

June 22, 2006

Benthic Beth

Benthic Beth demonstrates how to sieve the ponar grabs to collect benthic macroinvertebrates. Quagga mussels, midge larvae, oligochaetes, and leeches were found in addition to others.

Getting Hands Dirty in Sediment
All participants were able to get their hands right in there to find out how the sampling and research are conducted.

“This is a type of immersion workshop (professional development) where teachers come away from it having had the experience instead of just reading about it.” - Alysia, Ohio teacher

In the Lab

Dr. Greg Boyer assists the teachers with identifying phytoplankton and zooplankton from the water samples collected. Zooplankton included rotifers, cladocerans, and copepods. Phytoplankton included diatoms, dinoflagellates, and chrysophyte. One of the locations that samples were taken from was the NOAA IFYLE (International Field Years on Lake Erie) station 1192 RTM. For more info on IFYLE, go to:

Helen Domske led a lecture on Invasive Species. Preserved samples including: River Ruffe, Round Goby, Sea Lamprey, Spiny Waterflea, Zebra Mussels, and Quagga Mussels were passed around for closer inspection. Participants also took part in an Aquatic WILD workshop and received a curriculum book to take back to their classrooms.


We arrived in Presque Isle around 5:00pm. After dinner we toured the new LEED certified Tom Ridge Environmental Education Center where everyone watched the IMAX movie The Living Sea.

A little less queasy…

Continuation of Wednesday, June 21st…

Panel Session in Lounge

In the morning and afternoon, everyone participated in a Flying WILD workshop and received a curriculum book with activities and ideas on how to hold a bird festival as well as great activities for the classroom about birds. In the afternoon, a panel session was held in the lounge for the teachers to interact with the scientists to brainstorm ideas on how the scientists can be better prepared to engage students in an elementary/middle/high school/non-formal setting. Conversation was very stimulating!

Keen shoes

You too can look like a Lake Guardian fashionista! All the cool kids are wearning KEE newport trail shoes.

After arriving in Huron Harbor everyone ventured to area beachers with Dr. Larry Krissek to learn about the beach geology and shoreline stabilization techniques.

Larry Krissek teaches on beach

After dinner, everyone headed out to Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve. Many arrived back soaked from the torrential downpours that were taking place around the area.

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