It would perhaps seem odd to study things outside of the water when you are a limnologist. Normally, limnologists collect water or things living in the water to understand the ecology or biology of the lake or stream of interest. But, lakes and streams are influenced by the world around them, e.g., beavers that build dams that change the water flow in a stream or atmospheric deposition that increases the nutrient content of lake water. And, therefore, I find myself working with an undergraduate assistant collecting soil cores to better understand what compounds might be moving from soils into lakes. We took our first cores today from Allequash Creek, Wisconsin! Although we won't be studying the chemistry of these cores (we will be working in lakes a bit farther away from our field station home of Trout Lake), collecting them helps us practice our sampling protocol and design our experiments for the cores to be collected at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.