Inland Seas

My class and I went on a field trip to the Inland Seas Education Association. When we were getting on the boat our instructor asked us two questions how much did the boat weigh = 45 tons and how long the boat is = 77 feet long. My group and I had benthos. Our groups name was Lower Lakers. Benthos are living organisms that live at the bottom of the water. What we had to do was use a PONAR grab. A PONAR grab is a machine that goes down into the water to the bottom of the lake and went you pull up you grab dirt that might have benthos. The water depth was 62 feet and we had to get two samples so Hunter and I went first. So what happened was I was in the front and Hunter was in the back we were letting the rope down which I may say was hard then once it was at the bottom Hunter and I switched places and started to pull then for the second sample Haley and Colby did it but Jayla didn’t get a chance to do it. Then we had to identify the color of the dirt and the texture of it. After that we were put in a group with one person from each group and once we were at a person station the person had to teach us about their station. Once we were at my station told them about the benthos and how their important to our environment and I also told them about the four different stages of a benthos. After that we hoisted the sails up. Then we used a secchi disk to check the depth or group all had different answer so we had to find out why the reason why is because of the pollen and bad or good things in the water. Before we went back my whole group and I went to all of the station and did what the other groups did we got to look at the different fish and other organism, we got to steer the ship, look and plankton, and check the water condition. I hope my class and I can do this again.  ---  By Nolan

My class and I went on a skooner called the Inland Seas.  I had a lot of fun learning about all the different kinds of fish, plankton, and parts of the boat. The fish we saw were mostly perch and golby’s, they are an invasive species, but we did see crayfish. The plankton was fun too, I saw all kinds of zooplankton, but only one kind of phytoplankton. What really amazed me was how we caught the plankton. We used a net with holes so small that only two strands of hair could fit in the holes. The net was 153 microns. We had to go so far down to get to the plankton 62 feet to be exact. My next favorite was steering the ship it was really hard to repeat everything the captain said though. When we raised the sail we had to sing and hee ho hee hoo. I  also had to teach my classmates about plankton. I learned so much about the ship and its surroundings. I hope we go again. -- JANET

My class went on a sailboat called the Inland Seas. We put up the hourglass flag. That warned other boater we were dragging a net.   We had a group name and our group name was Trout Troup. My group and I got to steer the boat. We went to the bottom of the boat and look at bugs on the bottom. -- Braydon

Today my calas wet on a big sall bot cold a skooer. We got to pole up about a 300 pound anker. Then we pot up the sals there is about 5 sals. You wode haft to pull the rope at same time. My group went in the bottom of the bot and we sen planten and checked the water quality. Then we went to another station you would have to find living thing and we fond 11 worms. Then i got to tech another gerpe about microplastics.  -- Coda  

My class and I went to the Inland seas ship on Wednesday. It was really fun. The boat weighs about 45 tons and it is 77 feet long. We got to be in groups.  The people in my group were me, Janet, Ava, Heather, Savanna. Our instructor’s name was Remi. My group name was the Puine Plankton. The first thing our group  did was the plankton group. We stuck a net into the water for 10 min and then when we pulled it back up we un did this cap and then we poured the water into the cup. Then we went to the part of the boat were we get to look at the plankton. Then we got to pull up the anchor that waid 300 pounds and while  we were pulling the anchor up we got to sing a song. After that we went to the water quality. we put a sample in the water and it went down 55 feet. The temperature of the water was 47.6. Then we went to weather and sea conditions. The wind speed was 2 mph the air temperature was 66.2 F. The Surface water temperature was 57.2 F. It was really fun on the boat and after the boat  ride we went to the gift shop. Then we got on the bus and went home. -- Jacob

Inland seas was a really fun field trip.  We went on a boat called a schooner. We all got put into groups about the lakes water and wildlife. The very first thing that the crew did was they prepared a net called a otter board. They dragged it along the bottom of the bay for ten minutes. They caught  a bunch of fish they caught two crayfish but the fish that they caught the most of was the round goby.The instructor of the group taught us about water quality. The instructor used a device called a Van Dorn bottle that captures water inside of it. Then we put the water in three separate bottles. We used the first one to test the temperature of the water temperature was 47.6f. We used the second bottle dissolved oxygen we put two chemicals in the water that made it the water turn yellow. We didn’t do anything with the third bottle. Then we walked around to other instructor learning about different topics. Like weather and sea conditions, benthic, fish, and water quality. Then we went to the gift shop and museum. They had a big tank with two turtles in it. They had another tank with a crayfish; snails; and a round goby. It was a fun field trip. --Arden