- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at UNC-Asheville
The course covers basic stream ecology, methods for reporting local water quality programs, identification of aquatic insects and stream sampling skills. It includes classroom and outdoor portions, so participants should come prepared to get wet.
After training, volunteers will work in small groups with leaders to sample at least two sites per season. Each site must be sampled once in the spring and once in the fall, about two or three hours per site. Volunteers must be 17 or older, but no experience is necessary.
The March 17 training is geared toward Henderson County volunteers, with the March 24 training aimed toward volunteers in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Mitchell and Yancey counties.
Free, with RSVP required and a materials donation of $15 to $20 requested for the March 24 training.