Upcoming Volunteer Events

Kids in the Creek

At Work in Water KITC.jpeg

Late September, Early October

Again this school year LJEA is offering our KITC activities to schools in the Lake James Watershed and is in need of volunteers at all levels of experience. Any amount of days or time that you are willing to participate will help us assure the best events possible. The Education Committee and others have worked hard already to make these events as meaningful and safe for all involved. Of course, we will be using procedures and the latest information to protect everyone from the COVID-19 virus, including vaccinations and/or recent tests, masks, and distancing. School procedures will dictate how we proceed, of course. 
The program is completely dependent on volunteers to be successful.  One of the biggest benefits of KITC is students meeting the wide variety of individuals who believe protecting our waters is very important and have ‘’Pride in What We Have’’ and want to pass it on. Please volunteer any amount of time you have open for these activities, even if you just want to observe. 

In school stations include:

Enviroscape Model

Groundwater model

Posters of water topics and issues with teacher generated work sheets. 

Water quality problems, like trash and invasive aquatic and terrestrial plants, might also be included in a station.  

In the Catawba River stations include:

Macroinvertebrate sampling

Stream Flow: gathering data and calculating volume per unit of time of the river. Math teachers will be on hand. 

Water Chemistry: using electronic probes to determine the properties of the river water. 

History will have speakers on the history of the Catawba in McDowell County. 

Dates of Scheduled Activities (check back regularly for more additions):

Foothills Community School

In-school- September 27

In the Catawba- September 28

East McDowell Middle

In-school- October 1

In the Catawba- October 6

West McDowell West Middle 

In-school- October 4

In the Catawba- October 5


Please contact Education Committee co-chairs Jack Raker ([email protected]) or Tracy Childers ([email protected]) to volunteer or for more information. This is a very rewarding experience, as evidenced by the volunteers who keep coming back year after year. We hope you'll be a part of this wonderful opportunity to help educate the next generation on the value of protecting water quality and having pride in our natural surroundings!


Cleanup at North Fork Catawba River

Saturday, September 25th (9 AM-Noon)

Join LJEA and Foothills Conservancy for a joint cleanup of the recently conserved North Fork property. All supplies will be provided, just come dressed appropriately and ready to work! RSVP here for more details and the address.


Lake James Cleanup-Catawba Riversweep

McDowell Cleanup

Saturday, October 2nd 9AM-Noon

Join LJEA, Catawba Riverkeeper, and Keep McDowell Beautiful for the annual basin-wide Catawba Riversweep. Volunteers are needed to captain and crew boats, kayak and canoe into hard to reach places, and walk the shoreline picking up trash. A dumpster will be located at Hidden Cove Boat Access to dispose of all trash collected. Sign up here on the Catawba Riversweep website to volunteer at Lake James. Supplies can be picked up at the Keep McDowell Beautiful office in Marion. Contact Matt Burneisen at [email protected] or (828) 652-8104 to coordinate supply pickup. Please email [email protected] with any questions.