General Programs

( Program can be used in the classroom or for scouts, youth groups)
The Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s Adopt-A-Stream program offers an Aquatic Ecology program for students to increase awareness of the importance of keeping Mississippi streams clean. This is done through;

  • Demonstration of Watershed and or Aquifer model(s).
  • Demonstration/ hands on use of World Water Monitoring Challenge chemical kits. These kits test various parameters in a stream to help determine its health. Students can learn how to chemically test water to determine water quality.
  • Macroinvertebrates identification and importance
    • Identify common aquatic organisms.
    • How does pollution affect macroinvertebrates

Additional options are;

Powerpoints, which include:

  • The importance of clean water
  • Stream ecology background
  • Nonpoint source pollution
  • What is a watershed
  • How do watersheds affect streams
  • Things that can be done to protect streams.
  • Learn to delineate the watershed boundary for a small water body
Field Survey:

  • Chemical survey and macroinvertebrates survey of your creek or stream (Field studies involve hands on use of the World Water Monitoring Challenge chemical kits. We will conduct water quality test for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity (clarity) which will help determine the quality of the water. We will then survey and identify macroinvertebrates that are found in different water quality with dip nets and trays.)
The program can be tailored to your classroom needs. All materials will be provided. If your group is interested and a stream or other body of water is available the program can also be expanded to include field study.
If you are interested in an Adopt-A-Stream program you may contact Debra Veeder, Adopt-A-Stream Director at (601)605-1790 or for more information.