For the last eight years, the Chequamegon Lions Club has hosted a Water Habitat Study Day for the 150-plus third graders from the Hayward Intermediate and LCO schools. This year’s program was held May 21-22 at The Landing and Lake Chippewa Campground on the Chippewa Flowage.
Small groups of students moved through eight education stations throughout the day, learning about fish identification, fish anatomy, water clarity and quality, invasive species, little water creatures, fish trapping and soil erosion. Other popular lessons included fish print art, singing water songs, loons, wetlands, musky math and the history of the Chippewa Flowage.
A nutritious lunch, including chicken wild rice soup and clean, clear water, was served. Learning stations were staffed by Chequamegon Lions members, retired DNR staff, county environmental staff, Northern Waters Environmental School students, Hayward High School students, Cable Natural History Museum staff and many other local volunteers.
The Chequamegon Lions established this service project in memory of Lion Bruce Meyers, who was a lifelong educator with a passion for the health of Wisconsin’s lakes and the surrounding environment. The project supports the club’s goal of teaching youth to be good stewards of the environment.