AE21 Aquatic Habitats

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Thursday June 17

10:00 AM  –  3:00 PM


Aquatic Habitats

ON SITE* Thursday, June 17; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Southard

$55 Member | $65 Non-member

BRN Elective | NCEE Criteria II (5 hours)**


Many insects spend their egg and larval stages in local streams, ponds and rivers. This immersive field experience starts at Willow Pond, the Arboretum's new outdoor educational center, and ends at an area set aside for research at Bent Creek. You'll get plenty of feet-in-water and hands-on-nets time with class, designed with Citizen Science data collection in mind. Learn to identify and understand Benthic Macroinvertebrates that spend most of their lives in or on the water. Studying their life cycles and sampling various parts of a watershed can tell us about the health of our local and regional water ecology. Students should come equipped with curiosity, a hand lens and a bag lunch. Come dressed appropriately for light hiking and stream research. Boots or waders are a must.

*Participants must adhere to all safety guidelines in the reminder email sent prior to class. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. Masks should be worn out of consideration for all class participants. We ask that participants try to keep a distance of at least 6' between others as much as possible.


**Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



Tom Southard has a degree in plant science and forestry from Rutgers University. Prior to moving to the mountains in 2010, he worked extensively in stream assessment, aquatic ecology education and stream habitat restoration with the South Branch Watershed Association based in Flemington, N.J. He is also a volunteer stream monitor for sites in the French Broad River Basin and at the Arboretum.


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