Last week, Dr. Reed Perkins of the Queens University environmental science department took a class of Queens college kids and Walter G. Byers Elementary School (uptown Charlotte) kids to Irwin Creek in the vicinity of Anita Stroud Park to monitor the health of the creek. Perkins and Queens students Davis Tapp and Ryan Morrice stand in Irwin Creek in Anita Stroud Park and talk to the elementary students as they prepare to remove rocks from Irwin Creek for students to use to collect stream insects. After the college students retrieved rocks from the creek, the group gathered in groups of four (two Queens students and two Walter G Byers students) to scour the rocks for stream insects, which they removed and collected in vials of creek water. A great collaborative effort! Photo courtesy of Charlotte Observer.