The Huron River Watershed Council offers a menu of volunteer-led streamside activities to school groups.  Each activity lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Activity Description
Benthic Macroinvertebrates Collection An adult collects materials from the stream.  Students then pick through the gathered rocks, branches, leaf packs, etc. to find and collect insect larvae and other small creatures.
Benthic Macroinvertebrates Identification Students sort and identify benthic macroinvertebrates. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.
Conductivity Students use a conductivity meter to measure the conductivity of local water samples. Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.
Dissolved Oxygen Students use a chemical indicator test to measure the amount of dissolved oxygen in local water samples. Best for secondary students.
Erosion Students perform experiments to see how the steepness of a slope and surface conditions of the soil affect erosion.  Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.
Measuring Streambanks Students measure the height and slope of a streambank.
Nitrates Using a nitrate test kit, we will determine fixed nitrate through the cadmium reduction method.
pH Students use a pH kit to measure the pH of local water samples.  Appropriate for classroom and streamside visits.
Phosphate Students use a spectrophotometer to test for phosphate and learn about eutrophication.
Stream Velocity
Stream Velocity and Discharge
Students measure the speed of the stream.
Discharge adapts this unit for advanced High School.
Streams as Homes Students observe and discuss the variety of habitats in the stream.
Temperature Students use alcohol thermometers to measure the temperature of the stream at several points.
Turbidity Students use a turbidity or transparency tube to measure the relative amount of sediment in the stream.