mybaycity.com August 14, 2018
Outdoors Article 11333

BAY SAIL: Education Under Sail for the Whole Family

August 14, 2018
By: O. J. Cunningham


Climb aboard the tall ship Appledore IV for an afternoon of exploring the Saginaw Bay Watershed and one of the largest freshwater resources in the world - the Great Lakes.

Sunday, August 19, 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $35/adults and $20/students.
Snacks, water, and juice provided.

What You'll Learn on a Family Ecology Sail ...

  • Plankton - Use a plankton net to collect samples and later analyze plankton under a microscope while studying their role in the food web.
  • Benthic - Explore the benthic zone by taking a bottom sample with a petit ponar dredge and later search for and identify organisms that indicate water quality.
  • Water Chemistry - Collect a water sample with an alpha water bottle and later analyze samples for pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrate, and phosphate levels to determine water quality.
  • Forces in Sailing - Discuss the points of sail that allow a sailing vessel to propel forward.
  • Invasive Species - Identify non-native species and explore their impact on the Great Lakes.
  • Knots - Learn how to tie commonly used nautical knots and why they're important parts of a working vessel.

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