Community Science Projects

Observe. Ask questions. Make and test predictions. Evaluate. Repeat.

Unleash your inner curiosity and explore the environment with us! Our Community Science Projects cover a broad spectrum, ranging from collecting water quality data with nets and waders and counting butterfly species, to snapping photos to monitor environmental changes and removing harmful invasive plants. Let’s do some good and work together! Sign up to join one of our Community Science Projects.

Stream Team

Take your macroinvertebrate monitoring to the next level and join the Stream Team! Our Stream Team program, a partnership with the St. Clair County Health Department, empowers residents to protect local streams by monitoring their health. Volunteers that join our stream monitoring program are helping us understand the health of the streams, creeks, and rivers that feed the St. Clair River.

Friends of the St. Clair River and the St. Clair County Health Department received a grant in June 2021 to revisit previous stream monitoring sites in order to collect new water quality data. 

Learn more about the Stream Team

Butterfly Monitoring

Butterflies are excellent indicators of environmental conditions. Friends of the St. Clair River partners with Michigan Butterfly Network, Monarch Watch and other organizations to provide education, assess local butterfly populations, and improve butterfly habitat all around the St. Clair River watershed. Reach out to melissa@scriver.org to join our butterfly citizen science mailing list.

Join our butterfly citizen science mailing list

Invasive Species Monitoring

Invasive species are not native to our area and cause harm to human health, the environment, or the economy. We work closely with the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) to educate our community and collaboratively protect, manage and restore ecosystems. Join Friends of the St. Clair River for an event, workday or program to learn more about how we monitor and manage invasive species in local ecosystems.

Monitor and manage invasive species with us

Spongy Moth Surveys

St. Clair County experienced a severe outbreak of Spongy Moth caterpillars recently. Friends of the St. Clair River is collecting information and performing Spongy Moth egg mass surveys locally to determine next year's impacts. Please report issues with this pest to St. Clair County.

Learn more about Spongy Moths

Chronolog Time-Lapse Photography

Chronolog is used by organizations worldwide to create crowd-sourced photography time lapse videos that monitor changes in the environment and engage communities in science. Friends of the St. Clair River uses Chronolog to monitor changes at three shoreline projects in St. Clair County.

Visit our Chronolog Stations

Your River Photo Builds Research
Signs encourage visitors to capture photos and share them to be part of a much larger project.