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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

  • Summer Institute
    • New Teacher Orientation: Mon. 8/3/20
    • How to Engage Students in Community Action: Tues. 8/4/20
    • Advanced Chemical Training: Wed. 8/5/20
    • Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques: Thurs. 8/6/20
    • Mock Monitoring Day: Fri. 8/7/20
    • Reflection & Planning: Mon. 8/10/20

Returning Teachers

  • Returning Teacher Refresher Options
    • Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques: Sat. 9/28/19 or Sat. 3/21/20 or Thurs. 8/6/20
    • Advanced Chemical Training: Sat. 3/7/20 or Wed. 8/5/20
    • How to Engage Students in Community Action: Tues. 8/4/20
    • Mock Monitoring Day: Fri. 8/7/20
    • Reflection & Planning Time: Mon. 8/10/20

REP Assistants

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

Workshop Descriptions

Registration required for all workshops.

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New Teacher Orientation

FOR: New teachers (required), or new teachers from existing schools [FREE].  Open to other teachers interested in learning more about the Rouge Education Project for a small fee, and current REP teachers are welcome [FREE].

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.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Friends of the Rouge
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

How to Engage Students in Community Action

FOR: REP teachers [FREE], other teachers welcome for a small fee

Learn how to work with your students to address issues in your community and develop solutions – all while following your required curriculum! We will go over the Earth Force Process and do hands-on activities you can take back to your classroom.  It is geared towards middle/high school teachers, but can be adapted for younger students.  This is an introductory course, and an educator’s guide will be provided.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Friends of the Rouge
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

Advanced Chemical Training

FOR: REP teachers & REP Assistants [FREE], other teachers welcome for a small fee

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.
*please note this is for schools using the advanced set of chemical kits.  There is no formal training for the EZ tab chemical kits.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION:
Friends of the Rouge
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

Bug Identification & Sampling Techniques

FOR: REP Teachers & REP Assistants [FREE], Bug Hunt Team Leaders [FREE], other teachers welcome for a small fee

This in-depth, hands-on workshop 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.  Please dress for working outdoors (rain or shine).  Waders required (we can provide).

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

First half: Friends of the Rouge
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

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

Mock Monitoring Day


FOR: REP teachers & returning REP Assistants [FREE]

Attendees will begin at the river conducting all activities expected from a REP monitoring day: chemical tests, biological sampling (bug hunt), and the physical stream survey.  They will then return to the Friends of the Rouge office to prepare the total solids tests and put the fecal coliform in the incubator.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION:

First half: Plymouth Township Park
46640 W. Ann Arbor Trl
Plymouth, MI 48170

Second half: travel to the Friends of the Rouge office
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

Reflection & Planning Time

FOR: REP teachers [FREE]

There will be some time in the beginning to go over the results from follow-up tests from the mock monitoring day.  The remainder of time will be semi-structured: teachers will have the opportunity to view bugs underneath a microscope and practice identification, practice any of the chemical tests, and begin to plan their watershed unit with experts available to answer questions and help with curriculum integration.

LOCATION:
Friends of the Rouge
650 Church St, Ste 209
Plymouth, MI 48170