Lake School Field Intensive

Practicing Secchi disk readings off the Lake School Pontoon boat

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

Using the Van Dorne 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 Steven’s Brook

What to Expect

Starting at the Highland Research Forest, we will delve into the connections between forests and clean water in the woods and along a wetland complex. After hiking we will take to the water in kayaks and pontoon to learn more about LEA’s research buoy, and then follow the Steven’s Brook from Highland to Long Lake, learning about riparian zones, river ecology, bioassessment and human use along stream banks. We will collect field data and a variety of water samples which participants will analyze at Maine Lake Science Center Lab. The course will end with a day looking at the unique fen-bog ecosystem at Holt Pond.

Running samples at the Science Center Lab

This course runs from July 16th-18th and is open to students and adults ages 16 and up. The course will be taught by our Science Center Research Director, Dr. Ben Peierls, Staff Researcher, Maggie Welch and our Education Director, Alanna Doughty. Course fee is $200. Early registration (before June 14th) is $150. LEA members and students will receive an additional $50 off! Please register by filling out the form below or calling or emailing Alanna Doughty, 647-8580 or alanna@mainelakes.org. Scholarships are available on a need basis.

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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Lakes Environmental Association, 230 Main Street, Bridgton, Maine, 04009