Join Kira King, our Science and Education Coordinator, on a fun and educational field trip exploring streams near waterfalls. You’ll collect and identify macroinvertebrates and learn how they help to determine water quality. You’ll learn what defines an aquatic macroinvertebrate and why they are so important to the ecosystem. You will also discover how different adaptations allow macroinvertebrates to survive in this habitat, and which habitats are most likely to sustain them.

Cost: $10
Date: August 13
Time: Starts at 10:00am and lasts 3-4 hours
Limited to: 15 participants
Difficulty level: Easy
Location: Near Waynesville
Age limit: Not suitable for children under 15

This is a members-only benefit and all registrations will be checked. If you wish to bring someone with you, they will need to register separately, and they must also be a member. If you have a Family Membership, other parties in the membership may attend with you.

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Cancellation Policy: We hope that you will consider your registration as a contribution to our worthy cause. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations. This event will be held rain or shine.


Kira King moved to North Carolina from Ohio in 2019 with her husband, Roy. Her passion for science started as a child, growing up in a log cabin in the woods and taking water samples from the nearby pond. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and then a master’s in zoology with a focus in entomology. She started her career working with animals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Newport Aquarium — helping to raise baby flamingos and train Asian small clawed otters were her favorite moments! Then she realized her calling to environmental education and stream ecology as Education Coordinator for the Ohio River Foundation. There, she created the first Mussels in the Classroom program in the nation and organized field trips to educate students about water quality and macroinvertebrates, two of the things she’s most passionate about. Although she hasn’t been in North Carolina long, she spends as many days as possible at waterfalls and finds them to be a healing power in her life.