The BAL staff recently glimpsed the future during our 1st Annual Bring Your Kids to Work Day, when 10 children, ranging in age from 6 – 13, spent the day at BAL. The day began with collecting water samples at a nearby creek and their first lesson in “clean hands/dirty hands” sample collection. Back at the lab, they “received” their samples and preserved them (with vinegar). Pipettes were a huge hit! Over lunch, the kids were entertained with a presentation on why we do what we do at BAL. Then, it was time to suit up in their PPE for a tour of the lab. At the end of the day, when asked what their favorite activity at their parent’s work was, the consensus was trying to catch frogs in the creek while collecting samples!