Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America



Photo: High school biology teacher snorkeling for aquatic macroinvertebrates. Photo credit: U.S. fish & Wildlife Service

Educator Workshops

The Asheville Field Office periodically offers educator workshops featuring the It's Our Water curriculum.

It's Our Water is a North Carolina-specific curriculum desinged to introduce students to water quality and quantity issues and enable teachers to lead their classes in regular water quality monitoring. the It's Our Water curriculum is aligned with North Carolina standards for earth and environmental studies.

Workshop participants learn about:

  • Basic hydrology, calculating velocity, cross-sectional area, and discharge based on measurements they take;
  • Water chemistry, measuring pH, phosphorous, alkalinity, and nitrates and nitrites;
  • Benthic macroinvertebrates by collecting and identifying aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates.
  • Activities to incorporate water education into the classroom
We currently do not have any workshops planned.

For more information, or to register, contact Gary Peeples at 828/258-3939, ext. 234 or


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