Educational Aquatic Adventure on Schroon Lake!

Have you ever wondered how many miles of shoreline encompass Schroon Lake?  Or how many gallons of water it holds? How deep it is or how it was formed?  Join us on the next ESSLA Floating Classroom.

We set off on our hands-on adventure from the Word Of Life dock in Schroon Village (special thanks to World of Life and Wayne Lewis for the use of their pontoon boat and captain!) on a gorgeous sunny day.  Our guides were from the the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smith’s College.  Our first stop was to measure water clarity with a secchi disk.  We then caught phyto- and zooplankton and examined our catches with handheld microscopes.  We then got a quick lesson in limnology as we tested water temperature and pH.

As we navigated further to the south, we stopped to haul up some of the plant life that grows in our lake waters.  We were educated by ESSLA’s Gretchen Marcell, head of the Scout Program, on the differences between native milfoil and the invasive species of Eurasian Milfoil and the harm it can wrought to a lake. ESSLA is very active in its Scout Program, dividing the entire lake into Scout zones that individual members patrol in canoe or pontoon boat to find areas of invasive milfoil and then report back to Gretchen for hand harvesting.

Our group ranged from seniors to youngsters, all bound by a love of Schroon Lake and a desire to keep it healthy and beautiful for generations to come.  Join us on ESSLA’s next floating adventure.  You’ll find out just how healthy Schroon Lake is, and what you can do to help keep it that way!

A special shout-out to Fred Eschelman of ESSLA for making this adventure available to anyone who would like to learn more about what makes Schroon Lake so unique!  If you’d like to join in on the next floating classroom, August 4th, 2015, contact Fred at

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