University of Vermont

Public Educational Boat Trips Offered Aboard the Melosira

Photo: Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources

Burlington--Interested in learning more about the history, culture or geology of Lake Champlain?

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension, the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program and ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain are hosting seven educational boat cruises this summer on the UVM research and education vessel, the Melosira. Each of these Summer on the Lake trips will focus on one of two themes, either Stories of Lake Champlain or Lake Champlain Live.

To register visit The cost is $25 per person (minimum age eight years old) with a limited number of scholarships available to those with financial need. Each trip is limited to 20 participants so early registration is advised. The Melosira departs from the south side of the Rubenstein Lab/Echo Building at 3 College St. in Burlington. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes in advance of their departure time.

Stories of Lake Champlain, which provides a cultural and historical view of the lake, will be offered July 24 (5:30-7:45 p.m.) and Aug. 6 (1-3:15 p.m.). The trip begins with an interactive introduction to the geology and formation of the Lake Champlain Basin and the lake. Participants also will learn about native tribes and their culture, history and relationship with water and the lake's naval history following European settlement.

Highlights include stops at Red Rocks Park, Lone Rock Point, Rock Dunder (historically significant to the Abenakis) and the Horse Ferry shipwreck. An optional hands-on sediment assessment session is planned to look for signs of historical land uses and practices on the lake.

Lake Champlain Live will provide participants with an opportunity to be a limnologist (someone who studies inland waters) as they tow for and identify plankton, sample sediment from the lake bottom, monitor water clarity and use and interpret data from the vessel's electronic sensors. The trip also will cover the geology of Lake Champlain and how the Lake Champlain Basin was formed. Dates are July 18 (9-11:15 a.m.), July 24 (2:30-4:45 p.m.), Aug. 1 (5:30-7:45 p.m.), Aug. 6 (9:30-11:45 a.m.) or Aug. 17 (9-11:15 a.m.).

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Ashley Eaton at (802) 391-4410 no later than three weeks in advance. For questions, contact Kris Stepenuck at (802) 656-8504 or