We use specific items to safely collect aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka stream bugs) for the Save Our Streams biological monitoring method. If you are teaching a group of new stream monitors, consider purchasing extra forceps, magnifier lenses, and magnifier boxes to allow the group to work together.
And before you step in a stream, download our Aqua Bugs app
for on-the-spot help identifying stream bugs.
Other items you should include in your kit are a white plastic tablecloth (for sorting through leaves and other items in your nets), white ice cube trays (for collecting critters), and knee-high boots.