Real science that’s fun for all ages!

Join a small team of your friends, family, and other interesting volunteers. Collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in our streams. These insects tell us how healthy the river system is, where the healthier areas are, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts.

Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor* and then trained volunteer leaders take you to two stream sites. At these sites, you help search through stones, leaves, and sediment to find the insects in their homes.  Only trained volunteers go in the water.  Dress to be in the field for a couple hours.  You must register early to be assigned to a team.

Children are welcome to attend with an adult.

WHERE Meet at the HRWC office* in Ann Arbor (1100 N Main Street). Then carpool to two streams in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne and/or Washtenaw Counties.
WHEN: October 12, 2019, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm OR 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Sign up for 9:00 start time here Sign up for 10:30 start time here

*A few people, working further from Ann Arbor, will be meeting on location. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering near Flat Rock, Stockbridge, or northern Oakland County.

Can’t make it? Maybe next time. Just make sure you get our volunteer email announcements by filling out this form. Thanks!

Please email questions about this event to Jason at

PHOTOS and 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.