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Office of Science Outreach

Loving Life on the Lake as a Limnologist

We will be looking at the ecology of Lake Wingra. What does that mean? A limnologist studies the biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other bodies of fresh water. We will study the living things in the lake using nets to collect small invertebrates out of the lake and analyze what their presence or absence means. We will explore the chemical composition of the lake by testing pH, chloride, dissolved oxygen and more.  What are where are the sources of fresh water that replenish the lake? How does the geography of the watershed effect the lake’s health?  We will be spending most of our time outdoors on and around the lake so be ready to be under the sun. If it’s raining, even better! The only reason for us not to be outside is if there is lightning in the area. Lakes + lightning = INSIDE ACTIVITY!!!


The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center on the Edgewood College Campus as well as the Mazzuchelli Field Biology Station and Lake Wingra itself. The science center is a K-16 building that serves science students of all ages. 1000 Edgewood College drive, Madison, WI

Time and dates

June 25-29, 9:00am-12:00 noon


Grades 7-9

Camp Leader

Chuck Monzon

Leader Bio

Since moving to the Madison area in late 2014, I have worked at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center as a Naturalist, guiding field trips and leading camps in grades K-8 about the natural world that surrounds them. In my previous life, I spent 20 years as a linguist with United States Air Force with experience as an instructor of military science. While I enjoyed my time in the military, I have chosen a new career as a science teacher that allows me the opportunity to follow my passion for science and work with kids to help them find answers to their own question about the world. I am very excited to work with our campers and show them the abundant life that our lakes hold.


$200 This includes registration, all materials and a simple mid-morning snack.