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Benzie area students experience 25th annual Walkabout in the watershed

On October 5 the CLWA conducted its 25th annual experiential educational project for middle school students, the Crystal Lake Walkabout. Classes from Benzie Central and Frankfort/Elberta public schools visited locations around Crystal Lake to learn about the ecology of the watershed and the ways its qualities can be threatened. One aim is to foster appreciation for the important role that the watershed plays for the whole community, and to foster a sense of responsibilitty for its preservation. Some of the topics covered were water chemistry, invasive species, and swimmer's itch. CLWA volunteers were assisted by experts from the Benzie Conservation District and the NW Michigan Invasive Species Network. A grant from the Benzie Sunrise Rotary provided support for the Crystal Lake Field Notebook, a specially designed workbook that each student received.

For more information, see the main Walkabout web page.