Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America



Education Programs Offered by the Asheville Field Office

Photo montage of students identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates; students searching for aquatic macroinvertebrates; and bird watching. Photo credits: U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceDue to limited resources and efforts to focus those resources where conservation need is greatest, we are generally only able to offer classroom and field programs in Macon, Jackson, Graham, Swain, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Yancey, Mitchell, and Union Counties.

Field programs
Macroinvertebrate sampling and water chemistry investigation
Grades 7-12
45 minutes – 1.5 hours
This program introduces students to the diversity of life in a stream and how it’s a reflection of water quality. Participants use kick nets to collect stream insects, snails, and other macroinvertebrates. They use simple keys to identify their catch and assess the quality ofthestream based on the animals they collect. Dip sticks areused to measure basic water quality parameters such a pH and nitrates. Note: the Fish& WildlifeService provides all necessary equipment. Educator is responsible for identifying a stream for study, arranging for transportation to and from the site, and meeting the health and safety requirements of your organization.Note: This program can be turned into a year-long stream monitoring effort to look at changes in water quality.


Classroom programs
About the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Grades 8-12
1 hour
This presentation serves as an introduction to the work of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, including career opportunities, and how to plan your education to become a wildlife biologist or environmental professional.

Endangered Species and the Importance of Habitat
Grades 3-6
30 minutes – 1 hour
This presentation includes a discussion of endangered species, both on the global and local level, and the importance of habitat conservation for these plants and animals. This discussion highlights the interaction between habitat quality and plant or animal population health. Note: field or gymnasium space required.

Identifying and Treating Sources of Water Pollution
Grades 6-9
1 hour
What are the water quality impacts of development? How can our actions affect water quality in our own neighborhood.? This session begins with an introduction to endangered species, both globally and locally, then focuses on aquatic species. The students have an opportunity to manage their own piece of imaginary property, then assess their management for stream impacts and determine ways to minimize or prevent water pollution.



Environmental education contact:

Gary Peeples
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
office - 828/258-3939, ext 234
cell - 828/216-4970
fax - 828/258-5330


Last Updated: November 7, 2011