Wade into your watershed: Monitor stream health in the Rice Creek Watershed District

Apply in June!
Rice Creek Watershed District
SHEP team in waders at a creek

If you're looking for a rare, in-depth experience contributing to the health of your watershed without having to earn your master's degree, this is the perfect opportunity.

Since 2006, FMR has coordinated the Stream Health Evaluation Program (SHEP), in the Rice Creek Watershed District. Scientists train SHEP volunteers to evaluate stream biological health by sampling benthic macroinvertebrates, small stream-dwelling bugs, then studying these samples to assess stream quality. Volunteers contribute roughly 40 hours between August and December.

Preference is given to Rice Creek Watershed District residents. (Check here to see if you live in the watershed.) No experience is necessary, as training will be provided. All are welcome.

See our volunteer page for more information.

Thank you to our partners and funders: 

Thank you to our partners: 3M Foundation, BNSF Foundation, Bolton & Menk, Rice Creek Watershed District and Xcel Energy.

Upcoming Events

May 1-31, 2023
Orvis - Miracle Mile, St. Louis Park
Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 9:00am to 11:00am
William H. Houlton Conservation Area, Elk River
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Minneapolis
Ole Olson prairie, Mississippi River, Minneapolis skyline

Celebrate 30 years of FMR!

For our 30th anniversary, our wish is for you to join us in restoring, protecting and enhancing the Mississippi River.