To learn best practices in research in stream restoration through the collection of pre and post restoration data.
To teach and engage students in field science techniques and the research process.
To restore the stream banks and riparian zone of Cove Branch to reduce the amount of sedimentation and habitat loss along this tributary of the Cullasaja River in the Little Tennessee River watershed.
To educate our students and community about the importance stream habitat, ecosystem conservation, plant and animal diversity, cultural resources, and to provide an outdoor classroom which embodies these highly diverse but increasingly rare habitats in their schoolyard.
To educate our students and community in best practices of stream stewardship so they may apply what they have learned to their home ecosystems.