Diamond Lake Area
Recreational Association
Atwater, Minnesota
Reports Submitted by Students Recapping the Field Trip
(click on each students name to view the report they submitted)
Laura Fett September 2003
Krystal Holland September 2003
Heather Pearson September 2003
Ryan Walsh September 2003
A field trip to Diamond Lake by the Advanced Biology class from ACGC took place on September 22, 2003.  The field trip was taught by Roger Ramthun from the MPCA, Bruce Gilbertson from the DNR and Sue Aagesen, the ACGC Advanced Biology teacher.  Volunteers from our association, Bill and Joan Schultz, Gordon Bloomquist and Tim DeRudder assisted with the various activites that took place.. Students learned how to do water testing for clarity, use of the Secchi disc and how to collect water samples.

Many thanks to Bill and Joan Schultz, Gordon Bloomquist and Tim DeRudder for volunteering their time to make this event successful.  Also, a special thanks to Gordon Bloomquist and Judy Christensen for the use of their pontoons. Below you will find links to the ACGC web site with pictures and a recap along with some sample reports from students.

The Association is going to sponsor a spring field trip with ACGC school in May 2004 since this one was such a success. 
Diamond Lake Association Assists Schools by Purchasing Classroom Water Related Supplies
Back in August 2003 a number of Board Directors and Association Members met with Roger Ramthun (MPCA), Sue Aagesen (ACGC Biology teacher) and Urban Torgorg (Litchfield Science teacher).

One of the outcomes from that session was to purchase water related supplies to assist the students with learning.  Sue confirmed ACGC's support and readiness to execute.  Urban, from Litchfield was in support of this, but unable to execute as he will not be teaching this class, and the other teachers are new to Litchfield.  Therefore limited supplies will be purchased for Litchfield.

As of October 2003, the Association purchased the following for these schools:

*  A CD-rom for each school entitled "Restore Your Shore" to assist students with learning
*  30 "Pond Life" books for ACGC

ACGC is in the process of procuring the following with our approval:
*  Hach water kits (2 for phosphorus testing, 2 for ortho-phosphorus testing).

Eco Voyageur Program
May 16, 2007
ACGC Fall Field Trip to Diamond Lake
September 22, 2003
A follow-up field trip to the fall 2003 field trip to Diamond Lake by the Advanced Biology class from ACGC took place onMay 12, 2004.  The field trip was taught by Roger Ramthun from the MPCA, Bruce Gilbertson and Skip Wright from the DNR, Rick Reimer from  Soil and Water Conservation and Sue Aagesen, the ACGC Advanced Biology teacher.  Volunteers from our association, Bill and Joan Schultz, assisted with the various activites that took place.. Students learned about erosion, acuatic vegetation, TSI and water quality.

Many thanks to all our volunteers for taking their time to make this event successful.  Below you will find links to some sample reports from students.
Reports Submitted by Students Recapping the Field Trip
(click on each students name to view the report they submitted)
Laura Fett May 2004
Andrea Anderson May 2004
Ryan Walsh May 2004
Unknown Student May 2004
Photos of the May 2004 Field Trip
(double click on each photo to enlarge)
Roger Ramthun (MPCA) demonstrates water testing
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Bruce Gilbertson (DNR Fisheries) speaks with students

Rick Reimer (SWCD) & Skip Wright (DNR Hydrologist) with students


Skip Wright (DNR Hydrologist) speaks with students
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Bruce Gilbertson (DNR Fisheries), Skip Wright (DNR Hydrologist) & Rick Reimer (SWCD) working with students.
Bruce Gilbertson (DNR Fisheries) speaks with students, Rick Reimer (SWCD) participates

ACGC Spring Field Trip to Diamond Lake
May 12, 2004
Reprinted with permission of the Atwater Sunfish Gazette

Thanks to the collaboration of the ACGC School District, the Diamond Lake Association and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (PWELC), area 5th-graders had the opportunity to learn an important lesson on Diamond Lake Wednesday, May 16.

Simply put, that lesson was “When it comes to water, we’re all in the same boat!”

The students and their teachers spent about half the day engaged in a new Prairie Woods outreach program called Eco Voyageur.  The program allow students to learn about water through hands-on experiences on a lake or river near their own school, in the case Diamond Lake, located northwest of Atwater.

It is anticipated that 5th-graders who participate in Eco Voyageur, will be able to:
List four ways water is used by human communities.
Identify that water is continuously recycle.
Recognize why water conservation is important.
List three ways we can protect water resources.
Demonstrate ability to work in a group to paddle the Big Canoe.

The 34 foot voyageur, donated to the program by Charles and Marjorie Dickman, accommodates up to 16 people and requires a great deal of teamwork to maneuver.

The students received their canoe paddling training first on dry land where they learned how to cooperate in order to make the canoe go forward, back up, turn and pivot.  Each student was supplied with a paddle and a life jacket (donated by the Willmar Area Community Foundation) which they were required to wear.

While one group was engaged in the one-hour Big Canoe Adventure, other parts of the class were participating in one of the other learning activities.

One such activity was a water conservation lesson called “A Drop in the Bucket.”  Here students learned how much of the earth is water, how much is available fresh water, how we use water every day and finally, they received and exchanged water conservation ideas.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about watersheds and how they work, point and non-point source pollutants and to go on a “critter search.”  They used small seines to dip lake water and examine it under microscopes to see what kind of invisible life abounds in the lake.

Finally, they put their new perspective on conservation into practice by participating in a clean-up service project.  The Eco Voyageur program is available within 75 miles of Prairie Woods thanks to grant funding by Northern Environmental Support Trust.

PWELC provides advance training for teachers and will also train select high school students as assistant facilitators.  Educators interested in involving their students (grades 4 through 7) in Eco Voyageur should contact Anne Dybsetter at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer.  Her phone number is 320-354-5894 or you may e-mail her at anne.dybsetter@co.kandiyohi.mn.us.


Big Canoe Adventures
A Drop in the Bucket
(Water and how it effects our lives)
Critter Collection
(Water samples and life in it)
Prey and Preditor