University of Wisconsin–Madison

Open Houses


Hasler Lab, Madison

June 29, 2-6pm
The event is free and open (rain or shine) to the public.

Open House attendees head out on Lake Mendota on the Limnos.

Mayfly. Bladderwort. Freshwater Drum. No, these aren’t names of some obscure band headed to town, they’re the names of some of the many plants, animals and insects that call Madison’s lakes home. And, on Friday, June 29th – from 2 to 6pm – you’re invited to the 7th annual Open House at Hasler Lab to meet them!

If you live in the Madison area or will have guests from out of town, this free event offers guests of all ages a chance to:

  • Ask aquatic scientists about the waters of Wisconsin and the world.
  • Meet some of the plants and animals living in our lakes.
  • Hunt for aquatic “bugs” and get an up-close look at them under our microscopes.
  • Get a hands-on introduction to the marvelous diversity of Wisconsin’s aquatic plants.
  • Take a ride on our research boat and try using some limnological tools to take samples.
  • Make aquatic-themed crafts with kids.
  • Enjoy free Babcock Dairy ice cream.**
Susan Knight and Carol Warden from CFL’s Trout Lake Station show off water shield, an aquatic plant that coats itself in a slime-like substance for protection against bugs as it floats up to the surface of the water.

Learn a little more about Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and streams!

It’s a great way to spend an afternoon for kids, parents and grandparents alike. There will even be a chance to meet Wisconsin’s most famous mascot – Bucky Badger!

A young open house visitor looks at a sample under the microscope. Photo: A. Hinterthuer

 

Hasler Lab is located at the start of the Lakeshore Nature path at 680 N. Park St.

Parking is available at the State Street Campus Parking Garage – 415 N. Lake Street – or some limited public parking is available under Helen C. White library – 600 N. Park St. NOTE: there is no public parking available in our small lot next to the lab.


Trout Lake Station, Boulder Junction

August 3, 1-5pm
The event is free and open (rain or shine) to the public.

Learning how a fyke net works as folks prepare to board pontoon boat for a “research cruise” on Trout Lake.

Join us for our 8th-annual Trout Lake Station (TLS) Open House, Friday, August 3 from 1 to 5 pm for a chance to get a first-hand look at what research is going on at the station this summer, as well as meet the scientists and students conducting it!

Activities for visitors will include riding out on pontoon boats on Trout Lake, meeting some of the fish that call Wisconsin’s northern lakes home, learning to tell invasive species from natives, and talking with scientists about the state of Wisconsin lakes and our role in keeping them healthy for future generations.

There will also be aquatic-themed crafts for kids, an art exhibition of material produced by the station’s annual “Artists in Residence,” and, of course, free Babcock Dairy ice cream brought up from the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus!

Scientists at the the Center for Limnology conduct research all over the world, exchanging knowledge and helping to solve global environmental problems. We hope you’ll join us at TLS where researchers are doing world-class research on Wisconsin lakes.

Paul Shramm explains the FLAMe

With stations manned by TLS staff and student researchers, guests are able to learn about the small mammals who forage in local forests, what it means when a tree is bendy, how to build a battery from bog water, what that giant buoy on Trout does, how to pinpoint zooplankton under the scope, why aquatic hitchhikers must be stopped and how to identify fish and aquatic plants.

Trout Lake Station is located at 3110 Trout Lake Station Drive (between Hwy 51 and Hwy M). For more information, call 715-356-9494 or e-mail tls@mailplus.wisc.edu.