Saturday, April 21, 2012
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Sugar Grove Nature Center presents RiverWatch Citizen Scientist workshop

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[April 21, 2012]  McLEAN -- Sugar Grove Nature Center will host a training workshop for the RiverWatch Citizen Scientist program on April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RiverWatch is a network of volunteers who steward and protect Illinois streams. RiverWatch-certified volunteers are trained to detect and track the changes in water quality as suggested by changes in the population of macroinvertebrates, such as dragonfly nymphs, beetle larva, midges and snails. In doing so, they provide valuable insight to the health of our rivers and streams.

The interactive workshop next Saturday will give volunteers the tools to test water quality and collect reliable data. No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and the willingness to learn.

Visit to learn more about RiverWatch.

Registration is required for the workshop and a fee is charged. Registration is through the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. For more information on registering, visit or contact Nate Keener at 618-468-2782 or

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Participants should bring a sack lunch. 

Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the nature center, as well as membership and program information, visit

[Text from file received from Sugar Grove Nature Center]

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