Coordinators

Water Action Volunteers in the field

 

Sample Agendas

Below you will find three sample agendas for training sessions. The first is an example of how a one-day training could be set up for a large group (greater than 15 people). The second, is an example of how a one-day training session could be set up for a small group (less than 15 people). The final example is for a training session designed for two evening sessions.

Each style of training session includes several key elements:

  • introduction to WAV and the local monitoring program,
  • discussion of safety issues and stream ecology,
  • hands-on methods training,
  • discussion of the monitoring schedule and data management, and
  • time for questions and a training evaluation

Large Group Sample Agenda for One-Day Citizen Stream Monitoring Workshop

This is a sample agenda for larger groups (more than 15 people), where each session (except biotic index) is taught three times, and groups are asked to rotate between the learning stations. The assumption is more time is required since the group have to shift stations.

[Insert date of training session]
[Insert location of training]


8:30 to 9:00 - Registration
9:00 to 9:15 - Welcome, introductions
9:15 to 9:25 - Introduction to the WAV monitoring program, and how it is implemented locally.
9:25 to 10:00 - Stream Ecology
10:00 to 11:00 - Session I
11:00 to 12:00 - Session II
12:00 to 12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45 to 1:45 - Session III
1:45 to 3:30 - Biotic Index discussion and in-stream collection
3:30 to 4:00 - Monitoring schedule, Data management Site selection
4:00 to 4:15 - Wrap up, questions, and evaluation

Sessions I, II, III will be concurrent sessions. Participants will be divided up into three groups and will rotate through the sessions.

The three concurrent sessions will be:

  • Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature
  • Habitat Assessment
  • Flow and Turbidity

Small Group Sample Agenda for One-Day Citizen Stream Monitoring Workshop

This is a sample agenda for smaller groups (15 people or less), where the method for each parameter is only taught once, and the assumption is there is less time required since the group will not have to shift between stations.

[Insert date of training session]
[Insert location of training]

8:30 to 9:00 - Registration
9:00 to 9:15 - Welcome, introductions
9:15 to 9:25 - Introduction to the WAV monitoring program
9:25 to 10:00 - Stream Ecology
10:00 to 10:45 - Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature
10:45 to 11:30 - Stream flow and Turbidity
11:30 to 12:15 - Habitat Assessment
12:15 to 1:00 - Lunch Break
1:00 to 2:30 - Biotic Index discussion and in-stream collection
2:30 to 3:00 - Monitoring schedule (pick dates to monitor), Data management, Site selection
3:00 to 3:15 - Wrap up, questions, and evaluation

 

Agenda for Two-Evening Citizen Stream Monitoring Workshop

[Insert date of training session]
[Insert location of training

 

Evening 1:

4:45 to 5:00 - Welcome and Introductions*
5:00 to 5:15 - Introduction to the WAV monitoring program, how it is implemented locally, safety issues
5:15 to 5:45 - Stream Ecology
5:45 to 6:05 - Overview of Biotic Index
6:05 to 6:20 - Overview of Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature Methods
6:20 to 7:50 - Biotic Index, Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature field experience
7:50 to 8:00 - Final wrap up & discussion of training plans for evening 2
8:00 - Adjourn


Evening 2:

4:45 to 4:55 - Welcome and overview of equipment checklist
4:55 to 5:45 - Overview of Habitat and Flow (Discharge) methods
5:45 to 7:15 - Habitat and Flow field experience
7:15 to 7:30 - Comparison and Discussion of field measurements
7:30 to 7:40 - Data Management (expectations for data submittal to local coordinator and introduction to online database)
7:40 to 7:50 - Monitoring Schedule
7:50 to 8:00 - Questions and evaluation
8:00 - Adjourn

*Note: Insert instructor's name(s) after each item if desired.


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