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May 31, 2018, we went on the Inland Seas tall ship. Before we even got on the dock our instructure gave us name tags that had a color on them and then all of the people with the same color got together. When we got on the dock they told us all of the rules and what things were for before they let us on the ship. Once they were done going over the rules they let us on the ship. Each group was set at a different spot. My group was at the left side. Each side had a special name but I can’t remember what the name was. Each group also got taught about something different and then once we knew everything we went on to another group to learnt about something new. Our group was first taught about benthos witch are living organisms that are almost to small to see without a microscope. The way we found them was by scooping them up using a metal box that snapped shut as soon as it hit the ground and then we pulled it up and put it in a bucket. Then we scooped up the mud and put it on a screen then we rinsed it off with a hose and then when all the mud was gone we could see the benthos. The most commonly one that we found was a little red/yellow worm that was about 20x smaller than a regular worm. We also found a few broken quagga mussels and one alive quagga mussel. After we did that we searched through some seaweed that got caught in a net and we looked through that and found even more of this tiny little worms. Once we were done with that our group helper let me pull up the hourglass looking thing that let the other boats know that we were going to put a net in the water. Then we felt the mud to see what the texture was and once the bell rang we switched stations. The next station we went too was the water quality group. We learned about dissolved oxygen which is the oxygen that is in the water. Then the fish teacher let us all take one scoop of fish that were in a tank and put them is a small plastic box then he identified all the different kinds of fish that were in the boxes. We found two rustic crayfish which are a type of invasive crayfish. We also found a bunch of gobies and one of the gobies was a weird color/ pattern it was brown with white speckles and we asked our teacher and he said he wasn't sure why it was like that. There was also a perch and a few sticklebacks. When I was scooping out the fish from the tank one of the sticklebacks jumped out of the net and it kept flopping around until Hunter grabbed it and put it back in the net. Then our teacher told us why zooplankton were important to our great lakes and they are important because they keep the waster clean and they also give us oxygen. When the bell was rang again we had to switch positions again. The next position was the position where we got to spin the captains wheel and he would say, (for example) two spokes left! Then we would have to say two spokes left! And then we would turn the steering  wheel two spokes left. After we all got a chance to turn the wheel our group got to go down stairs witch was the next station. This station was called the plankton station where we got to each put a ndrp of water on a plate and then we put it under a microscope and we saw a bunch of plankton but only a few of the plankton were alive and the rest are either the planktons exoskeleton or they were dead. After that the bell rang and we got to go down to the water quality station. At the water quality station we got to mix a few chemicals but we had to wear goggles so that the chemicals wouldn't get in our eyes. We mixed, P.H, starch, dissolved oxygen and when we added the starch it turned black but then we added the dissolved oxygen and mixed it all up it turned clear. That was our last station that we were able to do because it was time to dock the boat and go eat lunch. It took the captain a while to dock the boat but once he did we had to take a class picture and then we had to line up to line up to get off the boat. I had so much fun on this trip and I hope can go again. --Jayla

My class went to on a boat called inland seas on 5/30/18. We had groups and in my group name was the peuni plankton. The air temperature was 82. The percent of cloud cover was 51-75 percent. We had a fish station. You have to always do the same time because when you go to do it next year you can see how it has changed over the months. We did it for 10 minutes from 9:15 - 9:25. You can use a fishing rod, seine net, otter trawl, minnow trap we used the otter trawl. We also had another group weather and sea conditions. The wind direction was north east. The wind speed was 2 mph. Surface water temperature was 57. Precipitation was none. The cloud cover was 14 - 20 percent. The types of clouds were stratus. We had a plankton group. We used a plankton net. The mash size was 153 microns or .153 millimeters. Then we went to a microscope and did five drops. In the first drop we found cyclopoid copepod. The next drop with was drop 2 we found cyclopoid copepod. In drop 3 we found cyclopoid copepod. In drop 4 we found cyclopoid copepod. In drop 5 we found cyclopoid copepod and copepod nauplius. Thats some of the stuff we learned on the ship. -- Heather

My class went on a field trip to the inland sea. We lert how to make the water healthier  for the aquatic animals. The first thing I lent was how to find oxygen in the lake. You can not just tell by looking we had to put a contraction in the water 55 feet. Well we where get the water we also tested the temperature of the water. We checked the temperature to make sure that the water was not to cold or to warm. After we tested the water we did are sucky disk on the sucky disk there was a rope that was attacked to the sucky disk. On the rope then was black meters marks on the rope to see how clear the water was my group got 15 meters down. Then one side on the schooner put the forsale side up and the other side put main sale  up it was fun there was certain word to pull the rope and hold the rope and to drop it. We went around the schooner learning the different things like how to find plastic in the water to clean it out so no aquatic animals Try to eat it. Then we learnt how to seter the schooner and to follow the captain's orders. Then we learnt how to tell the way the wind is blowing one of the teachers held a Thermometer in the air to see what the degrees was that day. Then we looked a planten we found two different kinds of plantain out of water droplets after that stashin I was where I started. Then we pulled the anker back in it was 300 feet but we got it. We had to pull the rope well we were walking it was not that hard but the people that were closer to the front were soaked I didn't bad because I would think it would be refreshing. Then we headed back to the dock to have lunch.  --Autumn                       

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

5th grade class onekama school had to pay a 11 dollars because a company paid most for there trip Went on a boat before they got on the boat. A lady told them the boat was 77 feet long and it wade 45 tunes. When they got on the boat. They learn oh to catch fish with a net they thou the net in the water they watched a few min then they pools the net up they kot a bandh of fish and crabs. After they went in groups and learn about plankton,benthos,fish  In the area plankton mesh size 150 . In the benthos area  sample depth 62ft. Number of samples 2 sediment color olive gray texture silt. In the fish area they learned the start time 9:21 end time 170. After they eat lunch.They went back to school. -- Savanna

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