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Register for Families in the Creek!

The Beaver Creek Task Force and Knox County Parks and Recreation invite you and your family to a fun-filled day of exploring a local creek on June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.





The event is called Family in the Creek and is free to the public.  You will be able to learn about the creek’s aquatic life and what you can to do to help keep our community’s creeks clean.   The day’s schedule will include four activities – two before lunch and two afterwards: 

Fish Assessment:  With the help of professional biologists, you will collect and identify live fish.  The type and number of fish tell a story about the health of the creek.

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assessment:  Benthic macroinvertebrates are mostly comprised of larval forms of insects found on the bottom of the creeks.  With the guidance of biologists and AmeriCorps members, participants will collect and sort these interesting creatures.  As with the fish, the type and number of benthics indicate stream health.

Stream Walk:  Using the National Resource Conservation Service visual assessment as a guide, scientists will help participants evaluate the health of the stream based on a variety of conditions ranging from in-stream habitat to the land surrounding the stream.

Scavenger Hunt:  Understanding how waterways are being impacted and what we can do to help protect them is an important aspect of Families in the Creek.  AmeriCorps members and Knox County staff have devised a scavenger hunt that challenges participants to use their observational skills to evaluate local land use impacts and important stormwater concepts.

Also, please plan for the following:

·      A free lunch will be provided.  If you have any special dietary needs, please bring a bag lunch.

·      We will provide waders but bring old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy that can go over the wader booties.

·      We will need your shoe size for your waders and t-shirt size because you will be receiving a free custom-designed Families in the Creek t-shirt!

·      If you register, please plan on staying for the day.  We are limiting the number of participants and we want everyone to reap the full benefits of this experience.

We are limited to 40 participants ages 7 and up.  To reserve a spot, please register by Friday, June 21 at . Families in the Creek will be held at the Halls Greenway at Food City in Halls. Parking will be available in the side parking lot of Food City - 7114 Maynardville Pk.

For more information please contact Parci Gibson with Knox County Stormwater Management at 865-215-5861 or


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City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2000

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