Discovery Boat

Discovery Boat

The 2016 Discovery Boat program, sponsored by the Glen Lake Association, has now come to an end for this summer and plans are already under way for 2017.  We finished this year’s program with full participation on each session and many of the sessions had a waiting list. The 2017 program will again feature the geology, chemistry, biology, ecology. Look for registration information soon.

The Discovery Boat Program (formerly the “Schoolship Program”) provides a hands-on educational opportunity for anyone to join Rob Karner, watershed biologist, and his assistants Laura Wiesen and Joe Blondia to come aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat on Glen Lake.

Happy Discovery BoatDuring the two-hour cruise on Glen Lake, you’ll discover many of the secrets of how and why Glen Lake is so unique and pristine. Many say Glen Lake is one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the country and we will explore the many reasons why.

The curriculum varies each week and is tailored to the interests of the participants of each session. Topics range from discovering how the glaciers form the lake and surrounding hillsides, wetlands, and streams to the chemistry of the water to the biology of the plants and animals, to the ecology of how all the parts work together and finally, how the political forces are at work within our watershed. The life cycle of swimmer’s itch and how to prevent getting it will also be covered.

Discovery Boat activities during the cruise include making visual observations, reading the water clarity measurements, analyzing chemical properties using the hydrolab, taking bottom samples of the lake with a mini-dredge, doing a plankton tow, bringing up from the lake bottom aquatic plants and animals for identification and more.

Register and pay using our easy online process. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost is $10 per person for members of the Glen Lake Association and the Glen Lake Yacht Club, and $25 per person for all others.

Children under 5 years not allowed. Children 5-10 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If possible, please bring life jackets for children. Click here to download the liability release form which is required for all participants.

Discovery boat w:signNormally, sessions are scheduled on Fridays in the mid-morning and a second session in the early afternoon from mid-June to mid-August. GLA reserves the right to cancel due to weather conditions. Trip departs from the Glen Craft Marina boat slips. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to starting time.