Programs & Events

Life in an Urban Stream

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Citizen Science
Family Program
Apr. 19, 2014 | Saturday, 1:00pm
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Pre-registration required; Ages 10 and up, children 15 or younger must be accompanied by a registered adult
Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation - Outdoor Classroom

Aquatic insects are an important part of nearly every freshwater water body in the world, performing essential functions such as breaking down plant material in streams, cycling nutrients in ponds, and helping maintain the balance of life in water.  They are also an incredibly useful tool for monitoring stream health and water quality!  In this hands-on program, you will become a stream biologist and help us sample our stream for insects and other invertebrates.  You’ll learn some of the basics of aquatic insect identification, sampling techniques, and calculating water quality scores based on the insect life in a stream.  You’ll also help us gather a sample for an ongoing stream research project examining the influence of flow on the insect diversity of our stream.  Come prepared to get wet and muddy (rubber boots or waders are encouraged if you don't want to get your feet wet), and learn about some of the amazing insects that call our urban stream home!  Contact Chris Goforth at or 919.707.8882 for information or to register.