Kids + Creek + Boots + Bugs = Fun Way to Learn Environmental Science


Makary Hutson, Biologist, Bonneville Power
Administration: He’ll tell you whether it’s a healthy un-polluted, cold, clean stream
or an un-healthy, polluted, warm stream. Christy Adams, Public Affairs Specialist,
Bonneville Power Administration: Kids in the Creek is Bonneville’s signature environmental
education program. And Kids in the Creek is exactly what it sounds like. Kids come into
the creek wearing orange wader boots and they look for organisms that help them tell if
the creek is a healthy environment for salmon, or not. Bonneville presents this program because
we care about the health of our streams and rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Makary Hutson: That’s a very little caddisfly
larvae. The caddisflies are the ones that build the little rock homes, so anything that’s
got a rock on it is a caddisfly. Christy Adams: BPA has been doing Kids in
the Creek programs for almost 20 years and every year we hear from teachers how excited
their classrooms are. Some of the kids come from schools where they don’t have opportunities
to do this kind of thing. They don’t get to get out in nature and have a hands-on experience. Kid in the creek: You should see how many
bugs we have. Tasha Karmel, Management Analyst, Bonneville
Power Administration: Let’s see. Did you guys get all of those? Gerald “Buzz” Cobell, Tribal Account Executive,
Bonneville Power Administration: If you break this open there would be a caddisfly inside
of there. Ivan Karmel, Community Volunteer: And we also
saw a lot of these stonefly nymphs. And those, we know, are intolerant to pollution. Cindi Lolos, Fourth Grade Teacher, Robert
E. Lee Elementary School, East Wenatchee, WA: These kids haven’t had the opportunity
to be in a river, even though we live right next to it. With families being so busy they
don’t get the opportunity to go explore it. Makary Hutson: Good job everybody. Okay, you
can release everything. Group of kids: Kids in the Creek! Graphic: Check out www.bpa.gov/community for
more cool science activities

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