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Stump the Great Lakes Aquarium staff April 30

Curious about that multicolored building going up on the lakefront? Wondering how those trout will be displayed? Skeptical on how fake rocks are going to look real? We have the answers, and are offering an opportunity for you to see it all firsthand.

Curious about that multicolored building going up on the lakefront?
Wondering how those trout will be displayed?
Skeptical on how fake rocks are going to look real?
We have the answers, and are offering an opportunity for you to see it all firsthand.
You have an opportunity to "stump the staff" on Sunday, April 30, as we offer the first official Great Lakes Aquarium hard hat tour.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. staff and volunteers will be leading 15-minute tours of the first floor in the aquarium and will be available to answer your questions about freshwater life, resources, the geological locations represented in the aquarium and more.
"We are currently hanging rock work and doing water testing on the exhibit tanks," said David Lonsdale, executive director. "At this preview, the public will have an opportunity to see the aquarium before it is completed, which will be very different than the completed project."
When open, the aquarium will have 30 interactive science exhibits, 19 satellite exhibit tanks to show individual species of fish, and five living habitat exhibits that will feature numerous freshwater species found in a specific geographical location around Lake Superior.
Designers and contractors have been busy painting, hanging lights, installing rock work and completing the basement life support area.
The fish that have been living in the basement of the Kolar Buick building are scheduled to move into their new holding area within the next few weeks.
"Collection of species continues -- fish are being collected almost daily," said Lonsdale.
Frogs, turtles and snakes have been added to the family of fish.
A wetlands area will contain these creatures, and a collection of shore birds will inhabit the aviary.
Otters will be the species that represents the mammal population around the Great Lakes, and a beaver's den will offer the toddler visitor the opportunity to crawl inside.
A tent will be set up near the site where sign-up is for the tours. Information on the volunteer program and charter membership will also be available, and staff will be on hand to answer questions about these opportunities.
Tours will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and be on the first floor of the aquarium.
A Grand Opening is scheduled for Summer 2000.
For more information, see www.glaquarium.org http://www.glaquarium.org or call us at 525-2265.
Cheryl Menzel is public relations manager for Great Lakes Aquarium and can be contacted at cmenzel@glaquarium.org or call 525-2265.

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