Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Citizen Scientist training at Sugar Grove Nature Center

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[April 13, 2013]  McLEAN -- Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove will host a training workshop for the RiverWatch Citizen Scientist program on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join RiverWatch to become a part of a large network of volunteers who steward and protect Illinois streams. RiverWatch-certified volunteers, referred to as citizen scientists, 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, the volunteers provide valuable insight on the health of rivers and streams.

The interactive workshop will give participants the tools to test water quality and collect reliable data. To learn more about RiverWatch, visit

The workshop fee is $50 per person, and registration is required. 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 Participants should bring a lunch.

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Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal, off Old Route 66. For a map and directions, membership and program information, visit

[Text from file received from Sugar Grove Nature Center]

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