River Herring Background
Learn about the history and lifecycle of river herring, and why they are an important part of the Mystic River.
Explore the Data
What do the data reveal about river herring migration in the Mystic River? How has it changed over time?
Access educational resources including curriculum and other content for use in the classroom.
About The Mystic River Herring Education Project
The project connects students and others to the remarkable river herring migration and the science behind it using technology, data gathering and analysis, curriculum, and field visits. The Mystic River Watershed Association is partnering with K-12 schools to provide hands-on science and STEM education surrounding this major wildlife migration, which is largely out of sight and unknown to local residents. Students will perform fish counts, develop critical thinking skills, improve environmental literacy, and participate in stewardship opportunities through both classroom engagement and field trips to the fish ladder.
The Mystic River Watershed Association is working closely with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, who has provided essential support and expertise for this project, as well as with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. This project is generously funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Drane Family Fund, The Boston Foundation, and ERM Group Foundation, Inc.
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1972 with a mission to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources.
Although the information on this website has been funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement NE-00A0030-0 to the Mystic River Watershed Association, it may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.