Get wet learning about clean water

Riverwatch trainer extraordiniare, Joe Exl, in action at recent training.

The Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail is expanding and our new partners have programs worth sharing! Indiana Dunes Tourism is in the process of collaborating with regional parks departments and tourism agencies to add several dynamic new sites to the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail this spring. More details on that later… Three of the new sites have cool “get in the stream and learn” events coming up soon.

Have you ever wondered how healthy your neighborhood stream is or how you can work with others to help protect it?  If so, enroll in one of the upcoming Hoosier Riverwatch workshops. Get in the stream, learn about water quality and become a “Certified Hoosier Riverwatch Volunteer Monitor”! Instructors will introduce participants to water quality monitoring utilizing hands-on habitat, chemical, and biological assessment methods. The workshops include both indoors and outdoors learning activities. After completion of this training participants are qualified to checkout loaner trunks that contain all the water quality monitoring supplies they learned to use in the workshop. Additionally they will be able submit data to the statewide volunteer stream monitoring database.  Any interested adult is welcome to attend, and once certified, may teach students how to monitor.  Space is limited so registration is required.

April 9th

9:00AM – 5:00 PM CST

Red Mill County Park – LaPorte County

Contact LaPorte County SWCD – Nicole Messacar at 219-362-6633 ext. 3.

April 16th

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

Deep River County Park- Lake County

Contact Lake County Parks at 219-844-3188.

April 30th

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve County Park- Lake County

Contact Lake County Parks at 219-844-3188.

Events are sponsored by the Lake County Parks Department and LaPorte County Soil & Water Conservation District this April.  Hoosier Riverwatch is a statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. For more information about Hoosier Riverwatch please visit

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