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My class and I went on a field trip to a giant tall ship. A lady asked us to guess how much the ship weighs and how long it is. The class and I said the boat waid 45 tons and 77 ft long. When we got on the boat they gave us some tips like how to put on a life jacket and use the raft just in case if we have any severe emergencies. When the boat started to move one of the men yelled out “HORN” so we all plugged our ears. The horn was really loud. The boat is a schooner with almost 5 sails and a 300 pound anchor. After we got out into the middle of the lake be started going to a station. My group was called “The Lower Lakers.” After we sailed out into the lake we lowered a net into the water and we put up a black hourglass to warn other sailors that there is a net behind us. After we pulled the net up there was a fish in the net. My group got to lower a giant metal object that opens and closes. When we pulled it up we got a bunch of mud. We filled the texture and we had to tell what the texture is. When everyone got to feel the texture we said its silt. We went to a lot of stations and it was really fun. After a hour or two we pulled in to the dock and said thank you to the chaperones who let us on the boat and we gave our teacher a high five. When we got off the boat we went to a gift shop. There was a touch tank where you can touch the sea animals. After that we loaded up on the bus and drove away. I hope we can come again it was the best.  -- Colby

Our class went on a spooner on grand traverse bay. When we got there we were asiend a group to work with on the ship. our group with a nice lady who told us about the water quality. To see if the water quality was good we used a machine called a van dorn bottle to collect water. Than we put a chemical in one bottle to see if the water was healthy. After that we had to tell other groups what we learned about the water quality. When we got done we got to  put up the sails. Then our group went below to see if the water was healthy. Our group put more chemicals in the bottle of water. The water turned a purplish color so we added more chemicals in the water to see if it clear and it did so the water was healthy. After that our group moved to the next station we talked about invasive species. The man at the station said that the most invasive species in the great lakes is the round goby. The next station our group had to look for small creatures in the mud and seaweed. Our group only found a few creatures. Then we moved to the next station. When we got there there was a small bucket of water.our  group had to search in the bucket for microplastic. Then we gout to steer the ship. It was fun being on the ship. -- Marty

May 30th is the day that me and my class went to Inland Seas Education Association. After we got off  the bus we headed down to the dock, were the Schooner was. A schooner is a type of Sailboat. Then we got introduced to the crew, after we got introduced to the crew we got set in groups, depending on the color of our stickers that we got earlier. I got to be in the fishing group, so after me and my group got on the Schooner/Sailboat we threw the fishing net out on water and sailed for a bit. then after about ten minutes had passed we grabbed the rope and pulled the fishing net up on to the boat. We caught a lot of golbies and some perch we even caught two crayfish. After that we filled our booklets about : how to figure out Weather and Sea conditions, how to measure Air temperature,surface water temperature, wave height, land direction, wind speed, and ect. Then I got to go to other stations and learn about plankton, seamanship, water quality, and fish. This field trip was awesome. --Noah                 

I became a sailor in training. We learned about the plankton. Fish eat the plankton so they can eat and live in the waters. I was in a big boat called Inland seas. We were sent to stations so we were learning about plankton, pH, fish, and crayfish.  We got to touch and hold the fish and crayfish. In my group was Tucker, Matthew ,Kaleb, Coda and Haley. -- Haley

On May 30, 2018 my class went to Inland Seas to learn about the Great Lakes. We had to first be at school by 6:45 AM. At 7:00 AM the bus left. We drove for about an hour and a half. When we got there we got into groups. The people in my group were Matthew, Tucker, Coda, Haley, and, me. We were in the microplastics group. A microplastic is a tiny piece of plastic that is less than 5 millimeters long. They yelled horn and everyone plugged their ears. The first thing we did was do a teaching activity. We got 1 person from every station to teach other people from other stations. The second thing we did was go to every station. My favorite station was Fish.The other stations were Benthos, Plankton, Microplastic, and Water Quality. When we were getting off we took a class picture. We ate lunch at a park. That was a really fun trip. --Kaleb

On May 30 2018 my class and I went to the Inland Seas schoolship program to learn about our Great lakes. When we got there the Captain told us the rules about the ship and how to use the bathroom. Then we got on board the ship (Inland Sea is the schooner we went on).  The schooner weighed 45 tons and was 77 feet long. We all got with our instructors to measure the air temperature. The air temperature was 81.6 Fahrenheit and 27.2 Celsius. Then we measured the wind speed which was zero mph. So there wasn’t so much wind at the time. Our instructor was telling us about Benthos. Benthos are organisms that live in the mud on the bottom and in the aquatic grasses of any body of water. Our group used a special tool called the PONAR grab. The instructors helped us drop the PONAR grab down to the bottom of the bay (62 feet deep). When the tool hit the bottom we gave the rope some slack and the tool closed.  Nolan and I pulled it up from the bottom and Fred (One of our instructors) pulled the PONAR grab off the pulley and dumped the first sample of mud into a tub. Then Colby, Jayla, and Cailee put the put PONAR grab back in the water and let it go to the bottom. Then they gave it some slack and it closed and they pulled it backup and Fred dumped this sample into another tub. We examined the muds color. It was close to an Olive Gray color. Then we examined the muds texture it was a type of silt. After that we moved to the other stations. The crew called you a one, two, three, four or a five. Then you went to whatever number you were called to be and I was in the one group. First we went to the water quality and learned how to use VanDorn bottle. They showed us that it take water in it as a sample then Veronica showed us how to set it up and get some water. Next we went to plankton and Janet told us about the plankton we would find. Then we saw the special net with microscopic holes so the plankton would stay on the net. Then The instructor showed us the cup that they put the sample in. They thought their might be plankton in the sample so they were going to test it and see if there were with a microscope. Then we moved to the microplastics. The instructor showed us the tool used for finding microplastics. It skims the top of the water to pick up microplastics. Then we went to fish. The instructor there showed us the different types of fish like the crayfish, gobys, stickleback, and perch. Then he showed us how much the gobys population increased. Then we moved back to our station at benthos. --Hunter