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Trout Lake Station to Welcome Public for Open House

Natalie Jablonski

The Trout Lake Research Station is inviting the public to step inside a limnologist’s world for an afternoon.

It’s holding an open house this Friday.

Trout Lake Station Director Tim Kratz says the research that scientists do at the station is relevant to a lot of people in the Northwoods.

“And one of the things we want to do is to help communicate some of the results that we’ve found. but also to hear from the community and visitors about what their concerns about lakes are, or what questions they might have.”

Last year the open house drew more than 300 people, and the station expects a similar turnout this year. 

Kratz says there will be several booths where people can learn about projects going on at the station…like mixing Crystal Lake to get rid of smelt, monitoring longterm water level trends and investigating how invasive species interact with each other. 

There is also a chance for people to try their hand at limnology.

“We’ll offer some boat rides, where people can go out on the lake and try their hand at some of our standard lake sampling equipment. And I think they’ll be an opportunity for people to take some plankton samples from the lakes, and look at them under a microscope.”

People can also talk about the intersection of science and art…with the Artist in Residence who spent time at Trout Lake earlier this summer. 

The open house is Friday from 1 to 5 at the Trout Lake Station near Boulder Junction.

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