Training

Our training program is designed to introduce educators to the Creek Freaks curriculum and to the basics of stream monitoring.  After attending one of our two-day workshops educators should feel confident in their ability to run Creek Freaks activities with students.  Our training programs are open to educators of all kinds including formal classroom teachers, outdoor educators, afterschool program leaders, camp councilors, nature center staff, and volunteers.

Check out this YouTube video for a little more about the activites we run during our training program. Click Here

Interested in hosting a training event for your Creek Freaks team? E-mail Samantha Roth, Izaak Walton League Clean Water Fellow, at sos@iwla.org for details.

You can also find a wealth of training materials in the Program Leaders Toolbox.

Training Videos

We filmed several of hands-on activites that we demonstrate during workshops to help familiarize educators with our curriculum. Use them to help run your demonstration, familiarize yourself with what to expect at a Creek Freaks training, or use them as a refresher after attending a training. 

Putting on the Brakes: This activity shows how the twists and turns of a stream help to slow down water and prevent erosion.  It also demonstrates how native grasses and tree roots cause the edges of the stream to be rough and slow down water. 

Can you see Pollution? This activity asks the tough question "Can you see pollution?" You will find out that you can make some guesses about how clean water is by using some of your senses, but testing water is the only way to know.  Great activity for kids to introduce them to the concepts of pollution and water quality.

Soil Percolation: This activity demonstrates how water moves through different soil types.  Good visual activity to discuss the properties of soils.

Erosion in the Zone: This activity demonstrates how plant roots in the stream-side or riparian zone are able to keep soil from washing away.  A great activity to visually demonstrate why trees and other plants are important to have near streams.  Watch before doing a tree planting with students!

Filter Plants: This activity shows how stream-side plants can help filter out pollution.