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Lake Ecology Course

Practicing Secchi disk readings off the LEA Pontoon boat

LEA’s Lake Ecology is an immersive three-day field experience where we will examine lake, forest, and wetland ecosystems.

Using the Van Dorn Sampler to take a grab sample of a specific depth

During the course, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of watershed science. Whether looking to gain skills, build a resume, or simply explore if the environment is something you’d like to learn more about, this course has what you’re looking for!

Examining macroinvertebrates from the Stevens Brook

What to Expect

Starting at the Highland Research Forest, we will explore the connections between forests, soil, and clean water as we hike through the woods and along a wetland. Upon reaching the shore of Highland Lake we will climb aboard our pontoon and head to a deep spot to learn more about LEA’s research buoy, finishing day one at the Highland Lake boat launch.  The next morning, we will follow the Stevens Brook from Highland to Long Lake, learning about riparian zones, river ecology, bioassessment, rural and urban areas and human use along the stream banks. We will collect field data and a variety of water samples as we travel, and finish with a day at the Maine Lake Science Center analyzing those samples, discussing our results in context and the reasoning behind local environmental monitoring initiatives. 

Running samples at the Science Center Lab

Due to COVID-19 we will not be running the Lake Ecology Course this season and are sorry for any inconvenience. However, if you are interested, please reach out to Alanna below and let us know- it is good planning for us for next year!  We will resume offering it in 2021. The class is taught by our Science Center Research Director, Dr. Ben Peierls, Staff Researcher, Maggie Welch and our Education Director, Alanna Doughty. Course fee is $90. Scholarships are available based on need. Please call or email Alanna Doughty with any questions, at 647-8580 or 

Opportunities for hands-on, placed-based learning are few and far between. Join us outside and re-spark your love of learning!


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