Free Leaf Pack Workshop for Educators


Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:30am


Plymouth, MI

The Society for Freshwater Science, which will have its meeting in Michigan this year, is sponsoring a free workshop in stream ecology on Saturday, May 19 (9:30 am - 4:00 pm) in Plymouth. Formal and non-formal educators, science teachers, environmental educators, watershed groups and families are welcome! Make sure to register by contacting Tara Muenz at or 610.268.2153, ext.301 by May 1. 

Read the details below or click on the attached flyer for more information:

Title: Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams:  A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

About the workshop: The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for teachers and citizens of all ages, demonstrating how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning taxonomic classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities, and applying that information to protect local watersheds. During this workshop, participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we'll then examine leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates and identify what we find. We finish with a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database and how you can implement these tools in your classrooms and communities!

Included in the workshop: 

  • Leaf Pack kit giveaways
  • Free lunch
  • Hands-on experience deploying/retrieving
  • leaf packs from the stream
  • One-on-one time with expert entomologists from the Society for Freshwater Science
  • Training in macroinvertebrate ID
  • Certificate of participation (6.0 hours)
  • Fun teaching techniques to bring to your classes and community events