Leaf Pack Coming to Utah!

May 18, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
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Come learn about the Leaf Pack Experiment to examine the health of YOUR local streams!

When: Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ogden Botanical Gardens, Ogden, UT (map below)
Audience: Middle and high school teachers, environmental educators, and citizen scientists.
Cost: FREE! Registration is required.

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Space is limited. Contact Tara Muenz for more information or to register!
Registration deadline is May 13.


The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for citizens of all ages and teachers, demonstrating how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities and applying that information to protect local watersheds.


During this workshop participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then experience hands-on examination of leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates, including their identification a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database. A short taxonomic certification exam (free and easy!) at the volunteer level of ID will be given through the Society for Freshwater Science as part of a new pilot project!

Hand-On Experience

You’ll touch slimy leaves and rocks, learning about Leaf Pack methods and how aquatic macroinvertebrates tell us the story about stream health.

Boots in the Water

Spend the day with us at the beautiful Ogden Botanical Garden classroom on the banks of the Ogden River! If the water’s too high, we’ll bring the bugs to you!

At the workshop you will receive:

  • Leaf Pack kit give-a ways!
  • FREE lunch
  • Hands-on experience deploying and retrieving leaf packs from the stream
  • Training in macroinvertebrate ID
  • FUN teaching techniques to bring to your classes and communities!
  • Relicensure points and continuing education credits*
  • Free volunteer-level taxonomic certification through the Society for Freshwater Science

*Contact Nancy Mesner by email or call 435-797-7541.

Space is limited. Contact Tara Muenz for more information or to register!
Registration deadline is May 13.

  • Date: May 18, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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  • Tara Muenz, Assistant Director of Education
  • Phone:
    610-268-2153, ext. 1301
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