Our second full day of Greatest of the Great began with a leisurely row boat trip out to the Stone Lab research buoy to deploy the Hydrolab. After collecting data on seven different parameters at three depths, we headed back to shore to continue learning. The Hydrolab wasn’t done for the day though, we continued to deploy this throughout our adventures.
Next, we headed out to Sunny’s Cove to experience a Stone Lab Science Cruise with Kim, Stone Lab’s Field Station Assistant. During this adventure, educators had the opportunity to preview Lake Erie field science. We collected samples of phytoplankton, zooplankton, used a bottom trawl to collect live fish, and an Ekman dredge to survey the benthic zone.
From Sunny’s Cove, the Biolab research boat took us to explore the geology of the Great Lakes on Kelleys Island. We took an in depth look at the glacial grooves, worked together to determine the direction of glacial movement at the time the grooves were formed, and completed an activity designed to help students understand geologic time involved in the formation of Great Lakes bedrock.
Later, we hit the beach! As part of our commitment to Great Lakes literacy and stewardship, we conducted an official Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Clean-up. Back at the Stone Lab, we sorted, tallied and submitted an Adopt-a-Beach Litter Monitoring form to contribute to on-going marine debris data collection. Which type of trash was the most numerous? Tiny pieces of plastic…we collected over 250 tiny plastic pieces of trash in under 20 minutes! (Beach clean-up – & Trash sort photo- )
We ended our day planning for our Wednesday day trip to the mainland to visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes and Howard Marsh MetroPark. Once again, the Greatest of the Great has given us a fantastic day of Great Lakes learning and professional growth.
Submitted from the island by Donna Meller and Skye Powers-Kaminski