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Friends of the Rouge

More about the watershed

REP Training Workshops

All teachers and volunteers are encouraged to attend the Friends of the Rouge Bug Hunts in addition to the workshops listed below to understand more about how the biological sampling portion of the field trip should be organized. It is also great way to practice identifying the aquatic organisms under the guidance of a trained Team Leader.

New Teachers

  • New Teacher Orientation
  • Advanced Chemical Training
  • Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

Returning Teachers

  • Returning Teacher Refresher
  • Advanced Chemical Training
  • Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

REP Assistants

  • Revise orientation materials
  • Advanced Chemical Training
  • Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

Training Workshops

Registration information for each workshop is available below its title.

New Teacher Orientation

Pre-registration required, deadline November 15
New teachers will experience an introduction to the Rouge River watershed, learn about what we monitor and what the data mean, understand how sampling sites are chosen and what equipment and resources are provided through the Project, get tips on how to incorporate the REP into curricula, and have time to talk with expert REP teachers about how to structure and organize monitoring day.  Dinner will be provided.
FOR: New teachers (required), or new teachers from existing schools.  Open to other teachers interested in learning more about the Rouge Education Project for $10/person, and current REP teachers are welcome.
DATE (TENTATIVE): Tuesday, November 28, 2017
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Environmental Interpretive Center, Room 119
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

Returning Teacher Refresher Course

Pre-registration required, deadline January 11
FOR: Returning teachers (required for those in need of re-certification)
Returning teachers reacquaint themselves with the testing procedures (chemical, physical and/or biological) used on Monitoring Day. REP staff will briefly review testing equipment and techniques and give teachers the opportunity to ask specific questions. Teachers will be able to practice any of the chemical tests and view preserved samples of benthic macroinvertebrates (i.e. aquatic insect larvae) that are likely to be collected during sampling, as well as keys for bug identification. The digital testing probes will be available for practice and there will also be an opportunity to walk through the new online course. Dinner provided (pizza).
DATE (TENTATIVE): Thursday, January 25, 2018
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Environmental Interpretive Center, Room 118
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

Water Quality Monitoring Advanced Chemical Training

Pre-registration required, deadline February 23
FOR: New teachers (middle & high school, required), REP Assistants, other interested teachers welcome for $20/each

This hands-on workshop for teachers and REP Assistants covers all of the water quality monitoring chemical tests that schools conduct on their field trip to the Rouge River on Monitoring Day.  Participants will learn about all nine parameters of water quality testing, sources of each level, and complete hands-on demonstrations using LaMotte chemical kits to calculate an overall water quality score. Lunch is provided.
*please note this is for schools using the advanced chemical kits. There is no formal training for the EZ Tab chemical kits.

DATE (TENTATIVE): Saturday, March 10, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Detroit Country Day Middle School
22400 Hillview Ln
Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

Pre-registration required, choose one date from the options listed below.
These in-depth, hands-on workshops will teach attendees how to sample for and identify aquatic insects, and calculate an overall water quality score. Attendees will also learn how to conduct a physical stream survey and calculate stream discharge. The first half of training is an in-classroom introduction about sampling techniques and parameters, the second half is a hands-on sampling event.  Lunch is provided, please dress for working outdoors (rain or shine).  Waders required (we can provide).

Option #1
Pre-registration required, deadline March 9
FOR: New teachers (required), returning teachers, REP Assistants, other interested teachers welcome for $20/each
DATE (TENTATIVE): Saturday, March 24, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stage Nature Center
6685 Coolidge Hwy
Troy, MI 48098

Option #2
Pre-registration required, deadline March 24
FOR: New teachers (required), returning teachers, REP Assistants, volunteers interested in becoming a Friends of the Rouge Bug Hunt Team Leader
DATE (TENTATIVE): Saturday, April 7, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plymouth Township Hall
9955 N. Haggerty
Plymouth, MI 48170

Option #3
Pre-registration required, deadline September 22
FOR: Returning teachers, REP Assistants, volunteers interested in becoming a Friends of the Rouge Bug Hunt Team Leader
DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plymouth Township Hall
9955 N. Haggerty
Plymouth, MI 48170