Water Quality Training

IWLA Rockville Chapter- SOS

Our Chapter conducts Save Our Streams (SOS) workshops prior to each time we monitor Great Seneca Creek. These are conducted by our knowledgable members who coordinate quarterly stream monitoring and reporting. For more indepth training, our National Organization offers many additional programs focused on maintaining the quality of America's waters and waterways.

IWLA National Workshops

Izaak Walton League national staff provides quality workshops on a variety of stream and wetland conservation and education topics. If you are an individual interested in attending a workshop, please check our calendar of events for workshops in your area. If you are with an organization, agency, or company and would like to schedule a workshop, please contact us at 800-BUG-IWLA (284-4952) or sos@iwla.org. Total costs for providing a workshop in your community will include staff time and travel, and food and materials for all workshop participants. We are able to help with fundraising to make workshops possible.

Workshop descriptions follow. Elements can be mixed and matched to create trainings that meet the needs of your group. Workshops can be scheduled in a progressive series to enhance the stewardship capacity of communities over time - starting with biological monitoring and advancing to monitoring and maintenance of a stream bank restoration. Participants are asked to conduct at least one related project in the six months following the workshop. The League follows up with workshop participants to learn of their progress in conducting projects and to provide assistance.

Creek Freaks Program Leaders Training Workshop: Have you always wanted to start an outdoor education program but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for exciting hands-on activities for an existing youth program? Have you been looking for a way to share your love of the outdoors with kids in your community? We have the answer – attend a Creek Freaks Program Leaders training! The training will include a basic overview of stream ecology, guidance on how to manage the logistics of conducting ongoing youth programs, and hands-on training in conducting activities from the Holding Onto the GREEN Zone Action Guide. See Creek Freaks for more information.

Educators Workshop: This workshop instructs formal and non-formal classroom educators and interested citizens how to plan an interdisciplinary watershed education program based on "Hands On Save Our Streams," the League's Save Our Streams curriculum for grades one through 12 and other stream and wetland curricula. Participants learn stream and wetland monitoring and watershed mapping; storing, managing and sharing data; lessons from the stream and wetland curricula; field trip plans and special projects ideas. This workshop may also include special instruction for volunteers interested in serving as classroom resources to help teachers bring watershed conservation to life for their students. (One, two or three days)

Contact the National IWLA SOS program via e-mail or by calling 1-800-BUG-IWLA (800-284-4952) for details on how to start monitoring and improving stream quality in your area.