Friday, May 8, 2009



In early August 2009 Gaylord High School will be offering a summer limnology class for semester credit through GHS. Students will be participating in numerous field trips, working with the DNR on streambank erosion sites, gathering data for the Otsego Lake Association, canoeing down the Black River to gather benthic macroinvertebrate census data, aiding the DNR with brook, brown and rainbow trout census data gathering, and hearing from guest speakers about wildlife diversity, soil and water conservation and many other topics. This course has been offered at GHS for the last 9 years as a regular semester course with occasional field trips to local rivers and lakes.

Official dates of the GHS SUMMER LIMNO class are August 3-4-5-6-7-8 and 10th.

These dates are Monday through Saturday the first week with an exam on Monday Aug. 10th.

How do I sign up? You are already signed up if you are getting this information, but please fill out this form and return it to Mr. Kalember in room 120 asap so he has your contact info.

If this is a “semester class” will I have a free hour in my fall or winter schedule? You will receive full semester credit for this summer class if we can have it and NO you will not have a free hour in your schedule during the regular school year. You will still take a full schedule of classes.

Are there fees to participate? I am currently working with the OWLS group here in Gaylord (Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society) to help fund this course so there are no fees. The only other fee I can think of might be a $10 or $15 charge for canoe rental. Also, you will have to provide your own transportation to GHS for class each day.

Who should take this class? Do you like hiking through mud down to a spring in the middle of the woods, then canoeing, then collecting bugs from a river that you’ve never seen before? Do you like outdoor education more than being stuck in a seat? If it started to rain in the middle of a field trip would you just pull on your raincoat and smile? If this sounds like stuff you might like, then sign up for the summer limno class!

I have a job and will miss a couple days of class. You can’t miss any days of class or your grade will suffer dramatically. Participation will be a major part of your grade – If you miss class you won’t get those points. I STRONGLY suggest you clear your calendar for the dates listed above.

Attitude - - In this class you will be doing some manual labor (working on streambank erosion sites), canoeing, getting dirty, collecting bugs, getting rained on, tipping over in a canoe, and possibly sleeping on the cold hard ground in a tent. If this sounds fun, you have chosen to take the right class. If this sounds bad and you are afraid you might miss your XBOX and cell phone, then please reconsider what you’re getting yourself into. I am tentatively planning an overnight camping experience as part of the class on Wed or Thursday night too, but I’ll get more information to you about this later in the summer.
For more information contact Jeff Kalember at GHS