Clean Water Workshops


Save Our Streams Trainings

Want to become a certified Save Our Streams monitor? The certification process begins at home! You will start by watching introductory training webinars. Then you will receive the link to take a macroinvertebrate identification test.

Once you have passed the macroinvertebrate identification exam, you will be ready to attend a field training. In the field, we will review the monitoring protocol and give you an opportunity to practice on your own. After the training, you will take a protocol exam. Once you pass, you will be an official certified stream monitor!

Find out more and begin your certification journey!




In-Person Trainings

Field Day Trainings Coming Soon – Stay Tuned!

SOS staff and volunteer trainers are working to provide safe and effective field trainings this season. At this time, we will only be able to offer field days in states and regions with active staff and volunteer trainer presence. As such, we expect field days to be offered in the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Complete the online certification process above to be added to the email list about training dates offered this season, or reach out to our staff to be connected to a trainer near you.

Upcoming Trainings


October 1, 2022: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Save Our Streams Training

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October 15, 2022: McGregor, Iowa

Save Our Streams Training

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October 29, 2022: Clive, Iowa

Save Our Streams Training

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About the Field Training

Save Our Streams field trainings offer hands-on experience in water quality monitoring, including biological, chemical, and physical stream assessments. Participants also learn to assess stream habitat and watershed land uses. You'll leave your field training fully equipped to assess water quality – and take steps to fix it!

Upcoming Workshops


We offer workshops in the spring and fall. Right now, we're planning for the upcoming season. Get notified when we're coming to a stream near you.

June 6, 2021 (morning): Des Moines, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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June 6, 2021 (afternoon): Des Moines, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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February 29, 2020: Hardy, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

9:00 - 12:00 at the Westlake Library (84 Westlake Road)

RSVP to smlstreams@gmail.com

March 7, 2020: Reston, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

11:00 - 4:00 at the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive)

RSVP to gstewart@reston.org by February 28

March 28, 2020: Parkville, MD

Save Our Streams Training

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March 28, 2020: Huntingdon Valley, PA

Save Our Streams Training

SOLD OUT

March 29, 2020: Huntingdon Valley, PA

Save Our Streams Training

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April 4, 2020: Lake Red Rock, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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April 4, 2020: Middleburg, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

9:00 - 3:00 at the Goose Creek Association (119 The Plains Road, Suite 200)

RSVP to info@goosecreek.org

April 5, 2020: Fairfield, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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April 18, 2020: Webster County, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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April 25, 2020: Hancock, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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April 25, 2020: Christiansburg, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

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April 26, 2020: Cedar Rapids, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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May 9, 2020: Leesburg, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

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May 16, 2020: Ames, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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May 23, 2020: Coon Rapids, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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May 30, 2020: Iowa County, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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May 30, 2020: Cockeysville, MD

SOS/CMC Training

SOLD OUT

June 13, 2020: Dallas County, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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June 13, 2020: Covington, VA

Virginia Save Our Streams Training

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June 28, 2020: Des Moines, IA

Save Our Streams Training

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We're hard at work planning more trainings for this season. No workshop in your area yet? Get notified when we're coming to a stream near you.


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Meet the Trainers

Trainers are assigned based on geographical area and availability. But no matter who leads your field training, we're sure you won't be disappointed! Learn more about our trainers.

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