EDU 5627 C18a (1 credit)
Kamp Kill Kare State Park, Burton Island, St. Albans Bay, Mississquoi River and nearby sites.
|Dates and Times:||
July 15-19, 2019 from 8:00- 4:30
|Credits:||1, 2 or 3 graduate credits|
2 days ($550 with 1 credit), 3 days ($725 with 1 credit), 4 days ($1050 with 2 credits), 5 days ($1400 with 3 credits)
Note: Please register directly with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM). LCMM will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. All payments are payable and due to LCMM.
This is a hands-on science course focusing on the natural history and ecology of Lake Champlain, its watershed, and other similar freshwater ecosystems. The course is presented in modular fashion, i.e. each day is a stand-alone course if so desired. The suite of modules offers a unique overview of freshwater ecology of the region and also offers an exciting variety of field-science activities and research to pursue with students. Day 1: Natural communities; Day 2: water chemistry; Day 3: phytoplankton, zooplankton and their evolving status in the lake; Day 4: freshwater mussels, vulnerable life histories and endangered species; Day 5: identifying and understanding Lake Champlain fish (with attention to Atlantic salmon for 2019 International Year of the Salmon).
Audience: Teachers with science and outdoor education interests, grades 3-12.
Special Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History equips educators with the scientific knowledge and field-sampling techniques that will enable them to engage students in stimulating observations, projects and research based in local waterways.
The readings below are recommended. Please contact the instructor directly for more detailed information.
Lake Champlain Basin Program. 2018 State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report. (2018 State of the Lake and Ecosytem Indicators report available June, 2018)
Winslow, Mike. Lake Champlain: A Natural History
Stapp, William B. and Mitchell, Mark K. Field Manual for Water Quality Monitoring: an Environmental Education Program for Schools. 1996. GREEN Project, Ann Arbor, MI.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum 2009 Quadricentennial Curriculum
Lake Champlain Basin Program Aquatic Invasives Guide
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum On-water lesson plans
Demarest, Amy B. This Lake Alive! An Interdisciplinary Handbook for Teaching and Learning about the Lake Champlain Basin. 1997. Shelburne Farms.
Day 1: Natural Communities
Thompson, Elizabeth Hathaway, and Eric R. Sorenson. Wetland, woodland, wildland. Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy, 2000.
Day2: Phytoplankton with focus on Diatoms
Prescott, G. W. (1964). How to know the freshwater algae. How to know the freshwater algae.
Vinyard, William, C. Diatoms of North America, Mad River Press, 1979.
Day 3: Zooplankton
Prophet, Carl Freshwater Zooplankton (pdf)
Revised Key to the Zooplankton of Lake Champlain
Mark LaMay, Erin Hayes-Pontius, Ian M. Ater, Timothy B. Mihuc (faculty) Lake Champlain Research Institute, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2013.
Day 4: Freshwater Mussels
Pearly Mussels of New York, Strayer, David
The Freshwater Mussels of Vermont, Fichtel, Christopher and Smith, Douglas. G., Vermont Fish and Wildlife, 1995.
The Freshwater Mussels of Maine, Nedeau, Ethan, McCollough, Mark and Swartz, Beth, 2000, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Day 5: Fish
Marsden, J. Ellen, and Richard W. Langdon. "The history and future of Lake Champlain's fishes and fisheries." Journal of Great Lakes Research 38 (2012): 19-34.
Bosanko, Dave, Fish of New York Field Guide, Adventure Publications, 2008.
Langdon, Richard W., Ferguson and Cox. Fishes of Vermont. 2006.
Werner, Robert G. Freshwater Fishes of NY State, Syracuse University Press, 1980.
Witten, Matthew. Dichotomous Key to the Common Fishes of Lake Champlain. 1996.