Open House Recap: Ice Cream, Boat Rides & a Thunderstorm

Trout Lake Station’s 5th Annual Open House and Ice Cream Social was humming along Friday, July 31st. With an hour to go, 332 people had toured the station, getting a look at everything from seed traps, to freshwater bryozoans, to this crazy contraption we call FLAMe.

Freshwater bryozoan
Freshwater bryozoan

It was an outstanding day to do a little science communication and outreach in the Northwoods. We’d nearly exhausted our 7 (yes, seven!) tubs of Babcock Dairy ice cream and and we were only 10 visitors away from breaking our all-time attendance record when, well,  the weather rolled in.
StormVisitors dashed for their cars or huddled under our carport to let it blow over, leaving the record intact for at least another year. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of what it’s like when we open our doors to the public – enjoy!

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