Blue Thumb’s mission is “stream protection through education.” We work with “citizen scientist” volunteers to collect stream data and offer information to the public at large about stream and river protection. We offer several 1 and 1/2 day trainings each year and work with the volunteers four times a year to collect benthic macroinvertebrates and perform quality assurance tests. We also encourage our volunteers to do outreach and educational activities in their communities with equipment they can borrow from us.