Save The Date! Hasler Lab Open House June 23rd!

Calling all lake lovers! (Or wetland enthusiasts, river runners, pond explorers, etc!) On Friday, June 23rd, you’re invited to Hasler Lab’s open house.

Each summer we pick a Friday afternoon to open the doors to our lab so that anyone in town can come learn about the world-class research going on right here in Wisconsin waters.

This free public event offers the opportunity for guests of all ages to:

  • Ask aquatic scientists about the waters of Wisconsin and the world.
  • Meet some of the plants and animals living in our lakes.
  • Hunt for aquatic insects and get an up-close look at them under our microscopes.
  • Get a hands-on introduction to the marvelous diversity of Wisconsin’s aquatic plants.
  • Make your own freshwater-themed arts and crafts.
  • Take a ride on our research boat and try using some limnological tools to take samples.*
  • Enjoy free Babcock Dairy ice cream.**

Visitors can stop at several stations featuring current research, lake science demonstrations and examples of all sorts of fishes, insects, plants and plankton living in our lakes.

The event is free and open (rain or shine) to the public. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon for kids, parents and grandparents alike. There will even be a chance to meet Wisconsin’s most famous mascot – Bucky Badger!

Hasler Lab is located at the start of the Lakeshore Nature path at 680 N. Park St. Parking is available at the State Street Campus Parking Garage – 415 N. Lake Street – or some limited public parking is available under Helen C. White library – 600 N. Park St. NOTE: there is no public parking available in our small lot next to the lab.

Questions? E-mail: or call 608-262-3014

*Boat rides limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Ice cream is free until we run out!