Water We Talking About? An Awesome Wisconsin Lakes Scavenger Hunt!

Attention all kids (and their grown-ups!) We interrupt our usual Friday programming for an important message. Our research outpost in Wisconsin’s Northwoods (also known as Trout Lake Station) is holding a “virtual” open house this year and it starts today!

You see, normally today would be the day we opened the station to the public and 300 or so curious Vilas County residents and summer visitors would come meet our staff and students and learn about all of the research we’ve conducted over the summer. There would be pontoon boat “research cruises,” and hands on activities with fish and plants and crafts. The UW-Madison’s Babcock Dairy ice cream would be handed out to all.

Sadly, we’re not able to host a big party during a global pandemic.

Happily, we’ve found the next-best-thing. (And it still includes free ice cream!).

Readers of this blog may know our summer science communication intern, Cassie Gauthier, from her excellent posts on Center for Limnology research this summer. But Cassie has also been hard at work on a virtual scavenger hunt that will lead people on a tour of six Vilas County lakes. Each stop involves interactive learning activities – from IDing unusual plants at Crystal Bog, to looking for animal signs at Allequash Lake, to learning about the long history of research at Trout Lake.

To access the scavenger hunt download the FREE ActionBound app to your smartphone and then go to this link – https://actionbound.com/bound/TLOH2020 – there will be a “start guide” to download from that page.

Happy (Scavenger) Hunting! And, if you score enough points and live anywhere near Sayner, stop by the Corner Store for your free ice cream!