Volunteers collect river creatures. One of the Adopt-a-Stream events is the River Roundup, where volunteers collect river creatures.

What is Adopt-A-Stream?

Adopt-A-Stream is a program in which families and individuals of all ages volunteer to study and protect the main branch of the Huron River and its many creeks and streams.  You can participate in a single day event, or you can join a team to “Adopt” a stream for a whole summer.

Single day events

Get outdoors for an event that requires no training or previous knowledge.  A trained leader shows you what to do, and the activities are suitable for everyone, from children to seniors.  If you enjoy yourself, you can train to be a team leader too.

You’ll join a small team of volunteers and travel to a stream or stretch of river. Depending on the project, you’ll help our experienced researchers collect river creatures, take water samples, or map changes in the river. You’ll learn to identify bugs and animals that live in the river, figure out what makes a stretch of river healthy or unhealthy, and understand how river ecology works.  You’ll have a chance to get your hands dirty—literally—or you can help out from the sidelines if you prefer. This work is part of the biggest, longest-running river research project in Michigan, and the information you gather will make a big difference in keeping the Huron River clean and clear.

  • River Roundup: Volunteer teams find insects, crayfish and other small river creatures every Fall and Spring.
  • ID Day:  River scientists help volunteers identify the creatures found in the River Roundup.
  • Winter Stonefly Search:  In January volunteer teams find stoneflies in high-quality streams.
  • Roundup Leader and Collector Training:  Volunteers train to lead the teams in the Roundup.
  • Measuring and Mapping: In August volunteer teams map and measure the stream habitat. A training event is held for this program.

Adopt a stream for the whole summer!

The Creekwalkers program is one in which a volunteer team visit the same stream location several times throughout the months of June, July, and August. The volunteers carry out a diversity of  tasks aimed at making the creek healthier and helping HRWC better understand any issues happening.  Learn more here!

Other tidbits

Frequently Asked Questions

Google Maps of stream monitoring sites (Great for smart phone navigation, if you have Google Maps app installed)

Where are the results?

See the Current River Monitoring Reports and Plans page to view summaries of the results from the Adopt-a-Stream events.  For past River Monitoring Reports, go here.  If you would like to see the raw data, please email Paul Steen (psteen@hrwc.org).

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