Special Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and in an effort to keep our staff, students, and public safe, this course has been postponed to 2021.

Course Details

Course NameSpecial Topics in Lake Champlain Natural History
InstructorElizabeth Lee
Director of Education and Interpretation, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Classroom LocationCastleton University
Field SitesPoultney River
Lake Bomoseen
Poultney River at Carvers Falls
South Lake Champlain
(more to be confirmed later)
DatesPostponed to 2021 – More information will be shared later
Credit1-3 credits through Castleton University
Tuition1 day: $200
2 days: $375 ($550 with 1 credit)
3 days: $550 ($725 with 1 credit)
4 days: $725 ($1,050 with 2 credits)
5 days: $1,050 ($1,400 with 3 credits)
Size15 participants per day

Course Description

This is a hands-on science course focusing on the natural history and ecology of Lake Champlain, its watershed, and other similar freshwater ecosystems. The course is presented in modular fashion, i.e., each day is stand-alone if so desired. The suite of modules offers a unique overview of freshwater ecology of the region and also offers an exciting variety of field-science activities and research to pursue with students.

This course is being taught in partnership with the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.

Course Schedule:

  • Monday: Geology and Archaeology of the Poultney River Sub-Basin with Helen Mango, Castleton University
  • Tuesday: Water Chemistry with Hillary Solomon, Poultney Mettowee┬áNatural Resources Conservation District
  • Wednesday: Phytoplankton to Macrophytes with Sadie Brown, Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery, and (pending) Angela Shambaugh, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Thursday: Freshwater Mussels with Paul Marangelo, The Nature Conservancy
  • Friday: Fish in the South Lake with Matt Futia, UVM

Housing is available for this program. If you are interested in housing options, please contact Lori Phillips: lori.phillips@castleton.edu