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  • A dozen children check out small insects that were collected in the river.
    Students gathered around the macroinvertebrate table. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Six graders get chance to explore their river

    June 29, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Each year, late in the spring, I get an invitation from the 6th grade teachers at East Yancey Middle School to join their students at Black Mountain Campground, just downhill from Mount Mitchell. The students don waders, grab a net and we wade the South Toe River, looking for crayfish, mayflies, and other creepy crawlies living in the stream. Officially tasked with identifying the animals they find and determining what their presence says about the quality of the stream, I feel certain that what the kids took home wasn’t an understanding of the water quality requirements of a stonefly, but memories of the day they went to school and were allowed to get wet and explore a river.  Learn more...

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