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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

Registration required, deadline November 16
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.  We’re sorry, but food and refreshments are not 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]: Saturday, December 1, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION [TENTATIVE]:
Environmental Interpretive Center, Room 119
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

Water Quality Monitoring Advanced Chemical Training

Registration required, deadline February 22
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 chemical kits to calculate an overall water quality score. We’re sorry, but lunch is not provided, please bring your own.
*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 9, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

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. The first half of training is an in-classroom introduction about sampling techniques and parameters, the second half is a hands-on sampling event.  We’re sorry, but lunch is not provided – please bring your own.  Please dress for working outdoors (rain or shine).  Waders required (we can provide).

Option #1
Registration required, deadline September 14
FOR: Returning teachers, REP Assistants, other interested teachers welcome for $20/each
DATE: Saturday, September 29, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

First half: Plymouth Township Hall
9955 N. Haggerty
Plymouth, MI 48170

Second half: travel to Plymouth Township Park
46640 W. Ann Arbor Trl
Plymouth, MI 48170

Option #2
Registration required, deadline March 8
FOR: New teachers (required), returning teachers, REP Assistants, other interested teachers welcome for $20/each
DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stage Nature Center
6685 Coolidge Hwy
Troy, MI 48098

Option #3
Registration required, deadline March 22
FOR: New teachers (required), returning teachers, REP Assistants, volunteers interested in becoming a Friends of the Rouge Bug Hunt Team Leader
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

First half: Plymouth Township Hall
9955 N. Haggerty
Plymouth, MI 48170

Second half: travel to Plymouth Township Park
46640 W. Ann Arbor Trl
Plymouth, MI 48170

Returning Teacher Refresher Course

FOR: Returning teachers (required for those in need of re-certification)
Returning teachers reacquaint themselves with the testing procedures (chemical, physical and biological) used on monitoring day.  REP staff will help guide teachers, hands-on, through the entire monitoring process, starting with the field day, along with two options for follow-up.

DAY 1: Field day – Teachers will begin at the river conducting the chemical tests, biological survey, and physical stream survey, and return to the office to prepare the total solids test.
DAY 2: Follow up (optional) – Read results of the fecal coliform test and total solids test.
DAY 3: Follow up – Run BOD test, calculate overall water quality, and view the bugs under a microscope with the opportunity to practice ID.  Will also have opportunities to ask specific questions, re-run any chemical tests for additional practice, and time to plan your upcoming unit.

Option #1
Registration required, deadline June 5
DAY 1: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 9AM – 1PM, meet in the field (location TBD)
DAY 2: Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9AM – 10AM, at the FOTR office
DAY 3: Monday, June 24, 2019 from 9AM – 12PM, at the FOTR office

Option #2
Registration required, deadline July 24
DAY 1: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 9AM – 1PM, meet in the field (location TBD)
DAY 2: Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9AM – 10AM, at the FOTR office
DAY 3: Monday, August 12, 2019 from 9AM – 12PM, at the FOTR office