ADIRONDACK- The East Shore Schroon Lake Association recently hosted 13 students and their chaperones from the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.
The academy is a charter school in Grand Rapids, Mich., that focuses on the environment and service. A group takes an extended field trip every year to discover first-hand some environmental issues of various regions. They also assist with trail maintenance, garden work, artifact cataloging and any other task that needs doing.
The Adirondack Park was the destination this year.
The group spent one day with members of ESSLA. Other days were spent at UpYonda Farm in Bolton, the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
Bill McGhie welcomed the group and gave an overview of what ESSLA does. Vince Blando talked about Eurasian water milfoil and how lakes in Michigan also have this invasive. Blando gave a summary of the volunteer Scout Program instituted on Schroon Lake. Anne Pieper shared the various fundraising events ESSLA does. Jane Smith talked about the Lake Steward Program.
After lunch, the students split into two groups. While half of the group was out on the lake collecting water samples, the other half participated in some hands-on activities led by Beth Gilles of the Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board. Gilles educated the students about storm water run-off and green infrastructure practices. She also answered questions about college courses and career paths.
Later, everyone had a chance to view the lake water under microscopes.