Discovery Boat

Discovery Boat Takes a New Tack in 2020

The pandemic has put our popular onboard 2020 Discovery Boat Program on hold this summer. In response to this challenge, the Discovery Boat team has produced a series of “virtual” programs, which can be accessed on this page and viewed on GLA’s YouTube channel at your convenience.

Viewers will find the videos interesting and educational, providing a wide array of content on the watershed’s lakes, river, geology, water quality, and ways to protect this important resource.

Next summer we plan to be back up and running with our popular Discovery Boat Cruises and will welcome you onboard once again!

The Discovery Boat videos are listed below with new topics added through the Fall season. Watch and learn at your leisure and check back often to discover new information about our amazing Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed.

During a normal summer season, the Discovery Boat Program provides a hands-on educational opportunity for anyone to join Rob Karner, watershed biologist, and his assistants Laura Wiesen and Joe Blondia to come aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat on Glen Lake.

Take a cruise and you’ll discover many of the secrets of how and why Glen Lake is so unique and pristine. Many say Glen Lake is one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the country and we will explore the many reasons why.

The curriculum varies each week and is tailored to the interests of the participants of each session. Topics range from discovering how the glaciers formed the lake and surrounding hillsides, wetlands, and streams to the chemistry of the water to the biology of the plants and animals, to the ecology of how all the parts work together and finally, how the political forces are at work within our watershed. The life cycle of swimmer’s itch and how to prevent getting it will also be covered.”

Discovery Boat

Cruises Expected to Return in 2021 Season


The Discovery Boat Program provides a hands-on educational opportunity for anyone to join Rob Karner, watershed biologist, and his assistants Laura Wiesen and Joe Blondia to come aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat on Glen Lake.


Happy Discovery Boat

During the two-hour cruise on Glen Lake, you’ll discover many of the secrets of how and why Glen Lake is so unique and pristine. Many say Glen Lake is one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the country and we will explore the many reasons why.

We look forward to offering these popular floating sessions about the watershed during the summer of 2021. Check out the video above to get an onboard look of why they are so informative and fun for the whole family.