Where are the lifeboats? What do you use that axe for? Where do you sleep? What is that thing?
It turned out to be a Dr. Seuss-like contraption for taking water samples.
The scientists and staff patiently answered every question we had during our tour of the Blue Heron research vessel during “LLO Science on Deck.”
May through September, UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory invites the public to board their research boat when it is docked behind the Great Lakes Aquarium.
The experience offers a peek into the life of freshwater scientists and mariners.
Over dinner that evening, the kids talked about what they found most interesting. Daley enjoyed seeing where the crew sleeps on really narrow bunk beds and sitting in the captain’s chair with the steering wheel, buttons, dials, and screens.
What does a three year old take away from a science boat tour? Finley reported that her favorite part of the tour was touching the “frosting,” which was the sediment sample from the bottom of Lake Superior.
It did feel just like chocolate frosting.
Touring the Blue Heron research boat is a great way to get kids excited about science (and in Finley’s case, baking).
Have you toured the Blue Heron? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!