Kids in the Creek with Madison Middle School

Kids in the Creek, Madison Middle School, 2017

Kids in the Creek, Madison Middle School, 2017

Ivy River Partners has teamed up with Madison Middle School teachers to bring a Kids in the Creek program to 8th graders at the school. Following the curriculum, we supplement their instruction and provide hands on experience in watersheds, river basins, water quality monitoring methods, and macroinvertebrate sampling. This program will reach approximately 200 students per year.


Thanks to The Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and The Water Resources Fund of Duke Energy.

Conservation Field Days

Dave Penrose discusses macroinvertebrates, 2015

Dave Penrose discusses macroinvertebrates, 2015

This is a two day event organized by Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District for all 5th graders in Madison County Schools. Students rotate through different natural resource conservation stations including water quality, air quality, wildlife, forestry and more. Professionals from agencies and organizations such as the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Quality Institutegraciously volunteer their time to provide quality instruction on their resource of expertise.




eco camp

Do you like to take field trips? Do you like to learn about the Environment? Then come join us over the summer for ECO Camp. During this day camp, students will travel to several locations across Western North Carolina learning about Natural Resources and exploring areas of Earth and Environmental Science. This is a free camp for any student interested. Funding for this camp is provided by a grant through the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information and to sign up, call 206-6155 or 206-6152.


Other Education Opportunities

We can connect you to our partners to provide water quality instruction tailored to your group. Here are some examples:

  • Presentations to university classes and community groups
  • Macroinvertebrate sampling for all ages- This is essentially kids in the creek looking for bugs and making the connection between bio-indicators and water health.
  • Enviroscape- This is a portable, hands-on model of a watershed that can easily be brought to the classroom or any event. It is used to demonstrate the flow of water in a watershed and how pollutants enter a stream. It helps people of all ages understand the sources and prevention of water pollution.

Contact Ivy River Partners at 828-206-6159,