Welcome to the Lake

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Friday, June 22

Welcome to the Lilly Center blog, home to stories from the field, fun facts about the outdoors and a fresh perspective on local events. Above all else, consider this your best source for lake & stream news.

Let’s get acquainted! Many people just associate the center with lake research. That’s a big, important piece of our work, but there’s so much more to share.

The campus where it happens

The Lilly Center is a division of Grace College and is housed on campus. As of July, 2018, we’re located on the first floor of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex. Alongside our awesome supporters, we’ve hoped for, waited for and watched this space spring into existence. (Read more here.) Among other advantages, this building allows us to conduct water testing in-house, maintain over 25 aquariums full of native fish and host field trips.

The science complex is our home base, but much of our work is completed in a stream, on a lake or in an elementary school…

  • Dr. Bosch (our director) cultivates relationships with homeowners and businesses, spreading our mission to the furthest corners of the county.
  • The research team gets dirty (or just wet) with regular lake and stream sampling.
  • The education team writes curriculum and brings native animals to students across the county.
  • We love to join the community by having booths at events like Fat & Skinny Tire Fest and Block of Love.
  • We frequently partner with local lake associations and present at conferences.
  • And we plan the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival (2018 marks our 10th festival).

Whew! With so many moving parts, it’s easy to see why you might get confused.

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Where the jetskis meet the water

At our core, we care most about research, education and collaboration. Everything we do (whether on a lake or in a classroom) furthers one goal: making the lakes & streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe and beautiful. The picture you see above is the team who make things happen, staff and student team members alike. We’re in this for you and your lake!

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