Mandy the Mayfly’s High Country Watershed Adventure

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Article Published: Sep. 5, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 5, 2013
Mandy the Mayfly’s High Country Watershed Adventure

Through engaging activities, the ‘Mandy the Mayfly Children’s Activity Book’ will help area children learn what makes a stream healthy for wildlife and humans.
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Each year, the Watauga Cooperative Extension assists Watauga County’s Soil and Water Conservation District with Environmental Field Days.

More than 300 of the county’s fifth graders from the county schools come out each year to the Valle Crucis Community Park to learn about the environment, rotating through different stations. This year’s event will be held Sept. 12 and 13.

A new addition to 2013’s Environmental Field Days will be the “Mandy the Mayfly Children’s Activity Book.”

Mandy the Mayfly, as played by Joan Hearn, has been a frequent guest in Watauga County classrooms over the past several years, teaching children the importance of clean waterways. Mandy is now the subject of a 16-page booklet of activities, which teaches kids about the biological basics of the High Country’s river systems.

Children who attend Environmental Field Days will receive a free copy of the Mandy the Mayfly activity book. Through engaging activities, such as a scavenger hunt, the booklet will help them learn what makes a stream healthy for wildlife and humans.

This original High Country-based workbook targets students from third through sixth grade. The booklet was produced by the Watauga River Partners in collaboration with the Watauga County Cooperative Extension and funding from the High Country Watermedia Society, Flanigan and Pipes Land and Commercial Properties, Mast General Store, Brushy Fork Environmental Consulting, Footsloggers, Watauga Riverkeeper, Western North Carolina Alliance, SOS Printing and MountainKeepers. It includes original illustrations by local artist Carol Hancock.

Each child in the fifth grade who attends the Watauga County Environmental Field Days on Sept. 12 and 13 will receive a free copy of the activity book. Hearn, a Watauga River Partners volunteer, will appear as as Mandy the Mayfly to hand them out during the field day.

Each child may also participate in viewing live aquatic benthic macro-invertebrates (creek critters) with magnifying lenses and identification guides through the Watauga County Cooperative Extension station.

For more information about the “Mandy the Mayfly Children’s Activity Book” or to obtain a copy, contact Wendy Patoprsty at (828) 264-3061 or wendy_patoprsty@ncsu.edu.

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