Teens and Adults be part of the RiverWatch Stream Discovery Program - free training Sat., March 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Blackhawk College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

University of Illinois Extension 4-H has teamed up with the llinois RiverWatch Network - Stream Discovery program to offer a free daylong training on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Black Hawk College, Building 2 room 204, Moline, IL. The training is open to junior and senior high teens and adult volunteers who will be trained in a stream-monitoring and, in turn, help monitor water quality of Illinois wadeable streams. There will be a lecture session from 9 a.m. – noon (participants should bring their own sack lunch) followed by a field training session at a local stream from 1- 4 p.m. Trained members will receive a 4-H Citizen Scientist Took and be assigned a stream site in their community to monitor over the course of the summer. The kit will contain supplies needed to conduct the monitoring. Members observe and record information on a given site, collect data from samples taken at their site and contribute their data to the growing field of scientific research related to water quality.

Thanks to the generous support of Archer Daniels Midland, this training; which normally costs $50 per person, will be provided at no cost for junior and senior high youth interested in environmental science opportunities to extend learning beyond school or 4-H project work into the world of hands-on research. Additionally, this program will be offered free to any adult volunteers who want to work alongside and guide teens as they study the world around them as part of the 4-H program. Registration is due by February 27. You may register online at University of Illinois Extension’s web site:

For more information please contact Cheryl Geitner, 4-H Youth Development Educator, University of Illinois Extension at (309) 756-9978 or