Join Community Science Institute for these educational family-friendly events on the lake in August:
Stream Biomonitoring Fun!
Date: August 12th
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Upper Treman State Park
Who lives under the rocks in streams and what can these organisms tell us about water quality? Join the Community Science Institute (CSI) for an evening or afternoon at one of our scenic local State Parks as we explore the aquatic life that can be found in the creek and collect a sample of organisms that will be used to evaluate water quality and ecosystem health. This event is meant for the whole family and is interactive. Participants will help us wade through the creek to find organisms under rocks for everyone to look at under magnification. Learn to identify what you find and what these organisms indicate about how healthy a stream is. Those who are interested in following the scientific protocols for collecting an official sample (that will be analyzed and the results of which will be included in CSI’s long-term datasets of water quality) can help collect the sample and complete a physical survey of the stream. Bring a picnic dinner or lunch along, if you’d like!
Water Quality Cruise on Cayuga Lake
Date: August 22th
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Cruises depart from the Allen H. Treman Marina. Registration is required.
Join us for a free three-hour cruise aboard the MV Teal of Discover Cayuga Lake to help us collect valuable water quality data for Cayuga Lake! During the cruise we will visit seven lake locations and collect water samples with opportunities for kids to use water sampling equipment, analyze some samples with field kits, and look at lake plankton under a microscope. Along the way, we’ll explore some of the lake’s natural history and you’ll contribute to CSI’s long-term Cayuga Lake water quality dataset!
These events are presented in partnership with Tompkins County 4-H and are supported in large part by a grant from the Park Foundation. For more information, visit the 4-H2O Education Page. To register for an event, or for more information, please email our Director of Outreach, Nathaniel Launer, at na**************@co**************.org.