More Kids in the Woods - Van Duzen River Elementary Schools - 2016

Students in the Van Duzen watershed learned about the river and how to monitor conditions, thanks to another More Kids in the Woods grant from Six River National Forest.  Friends of the Van Duzen and the Eel River Recovery Project once again teamed up to get kids actively involved as citizen scientists. In the summer of 2016, and into the school year, kids visited the river and some of its tributaries to observe, sample and measure stream conditions.

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The young scientists conducted elementary fish habitat surveys. They learned about pools, riffles, glides and runs, measured stream depth, and evaluated riparian areas.

Read habitat reports for the sites visited by students.


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Students collected water temperature data using Optic Pro automated sensors. They placed the temperature probes in June 2016, checked their functions, helped download data mid-summer, then retrieved the probes in September and made graphs of  the data.


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Aquatic insects are good indicators of stream health. Students investigated life in the gravel stream bed to see the diversity and abundance of aquatic macroinvertebrates.
See resources for learing about aquatic insects.

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We took videos of underwater conditions in the stream reaches surveyed by students. Have a look.
Front of West Fork Van Duzen River Pool - Trout Everywhere
Upper West Fork Van Duzen Trout
Larger Steelhead Juveniles or Resident Trout on Upper Van Duzen River
Juvenile Sacramento Suckers Share Upper Van Duzen River Pool with Agitated Steelhead Juveniles
Tons of Aquatic Insects in Upper Van Duzen River Pool
Van Duzen River Pikeminnow and California Roach at Shakefork Farm

Friends of the Van Duzen

See Friends of Van Duzen website for photos of students at the river, videos, and the final report for this project.

Round Valley students visit Black Butte Wild and Scenic River

In celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the North Coast Wilderness Bill, Round Valley Elementary/Middle School students visited the hidden beauty of the Black Butte Wild and Scenic River on October 18th and 21st. More than 170 students participated in half day interpretive hikes – observing wildlife, stream vegetation and especially rocks and water. Read Article

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Bus ride

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Hike to the river

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Getting an overview

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Enjoying the beautiful river on calm day.

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Contemplation and gratitude.

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Click on map of Black Butte River to enlarge.

Check out these resources for learning and teaching about aquatic insects

Links to resources for teaching about aquatic insects and stream ecosystems

Round Valley Elementary School
We are helping teachers in Covelo get their students out to local streams to learn about the ecosystem and how to protect their streams and the salmon and steelhead that live in them. Financial support is provided by the Mendocino Fish and Game Commission.

In the fall of 2014 and 2015, we organized school activities to compliment the Round Valley Indian Tribe's Salmon Awareness Festival.  We visited classrooms to teach about traditional wisdom, fish in the Eel River, water conservation at home, aquatic insects, wilderness, science of water and stream dynamics / sedimentation.  Students from Laytonville traveled to Covelo with their salmon banner, and the little kids used it to make a salmon run.  

More Kids in the Woods, 2013-2014

ERRP teamed up with Friends of the Van Duzen to bring a More Kids in the Woods program to every school in the Van Duzen River basin during the 2013-2014 school year. The program was funded by Six Rivers National Forest, and was led by Sal Steinberg, a founder of the Friends of the Van Duzen and retired teacher.

Students learned about the river through classroom visits and presentations by scientists, they got hands-on experience during field trips to Grizzly Creek, produced beautiful art, published a book of poetry, and made several short films. They all came to an open house, at the Van Duzen Grange, to share their art and poetry, and to learn more about the river and watershed from many exhibits provided by our team, Six River National Forest, Humboldt Redwood Company and the Native Fish Society.

Read the More Kids in the Woods final report
More Kids in the Woods Poster

Student Art from Van Duzen River Schools