Stories of Lake Champlain will provide a cultural and historical view of Lake Champlain. Following an interactive introduction to the geology and formation of the Lake Champlain Basin and the lake, participants will learn about the will share culture and history of native tribes in the area, and their relationship with water. Later in the trip, the focus will shift to the lake’s rich naval history following European settlement. The trip will conclude with an optional hands on sediment assessment, in which signs of historical land uses and practices on the lake will be sought. Stops and sights on the trip include:
- Red Rocks
- Lone Rock Point
- Rock Dunder, a small rock island, which embodies the spirit of Oodzee-hozo, the creator of Lake Champlain in Abenaki legend;
- The Horse Ferry Shipwreck, located off of north beach; visiting this site will part of the rich naval history of the lake
Minimum age: 8 years (sorry, no exceptions)
What to Bring: Trips will go on unless there is extreme weather (lightning storms) in the area. Participants should come prepared with rain gear, sun hats, sunscreen, warm clothes (it can be significantly colder on the water than on the land), water, and close-toed shoes.
Location: We will meet at 3 College St, Burlington on the south side of the Rubenstein Lab/ECHO building. There is a parking lot located there, with a kiosk to pay near the building. The Melosira is docked just south of the building. We will meet by the boat. Please plan to meet 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time to sign waivers and for a safety talk before we board the boat.
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kris Stepenuck at 802-656-8504 or at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 3 so she can assist you.
The fine print: Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.