Real science, fun for all ages!

Knowing the types of bugs that live in our streams helps us understand how healthy the river system is, which areas are healthiest, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts to improve water quality.

Join a small team of your friends, family, and other volunteers to collect bugs from streams across the watershed!

Meet your team onsite at the first of two sampling locations. One person will arrive with all of the equipment you need to get started. At each site, you search through stones, leaves, and sediment to find bugs in their natural habitat.

Each team includes an experienced volunteer who has been trained in sample collection. Only trained volunteers go in the water to collect the samples. Dress to be comfortable outside for a few hours. Children are welcome to attend with an adult. You must register early to be assigned to a team!

WHERE  Sampling sites across the Huron River watershed in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne and/or Washtenaw Counties.
WHEN: Saturday, October 1 2022,  (Sign up required)
Sign up for Autumn 2022 Roundup

To get email announcements of future events, fill out our Volunteer Signup form here.

Questions? Email Jason Frenzel, HRWC’s Stewardship Coordinator at

Volunteer Story

Get a sense of what this event is like from a HRWC volunteer here.

Thanks so much for sending information about the River Roundup to us. I took my 3 kids this past Saturday to participate in this and we also invited a friend. The kids had a blast. The highlight was finding a water scorpion. My 9 year old son said at the end of the day that it was one of the best days of his life–and I’m telling you this is high praise from him because he had to practically be dragged out the door to go in the first place.

River Roundup Orientation Video

We are currently not holding in-person event orientations due to COVID precautions. Our event coordinators tried their best to put together a fun and informational video for new and experienced volunteers to enjoy! Hope to see you in person again, soon.

More Information about River Roundup

Watch the video below to learn more about why we collect bugs every year. Also check out our Program page for more information.