STREAM Girls - Blended - Larkspur
STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to earn a special patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.
Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (TU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.
In this hybrid take home/virtual program, TU will provide Girls Scouts with the necessary gear, a Stream Girls Field Notebook, and a resource list with videos guiding Girl Scouts through six activities that they will complete over 10 days. Additionally, girls are expected to join a virtual program kick off on Thursday and a reflection meeting the next Sunday to discuss what they have learned.
- Stream Walk – Observing and documenting the stream/river and surrounding area
- Go with the Flow – Calculating river flow rates using everyday tools and simple math
- Macroinvertebrate Survey – Investigating the insect life that lives in the stream and support fish
- Fly-Casting – Developing skills to fly fish and practicing in your own backyard/neighborhood park
- Fly-Tying – Creating a “fly” to imitate one of the macroinvertebrates commonly found in Colorado
- Scavenger Hunt/Bracelet Building – Testing your knowledge of healthy streams and creating a unique bracelet to represent your local watershed!
Activities are expected to take approximately six hours, in total, and can be broken up into several days. Colorado Trout Unlimited will provide the necessary gear and supplies associated with each activity. Gear will be picked-up and dropped off at Larkspur Community Park. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 24 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout. Please acknowledge any shared gear in registration.
Adults picking up gear on behalf of Girl Scouts will be required to complete a gear agreement upon pick up. Certificates of completion and patches will be distributed upon gear drop off. If using your own gear, certificates of completion and patches will be mailed after the program is complete. Please indicate if you are picking up supplies or using your own supplies.
As a self-guided event, Colorado Trout Unlimited and GSCO encourages Girl Scouts to complete this activity with their families. Please be sure to follow all state, county, and local public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
Registration will close on April 28 OR when capacity has been reached. All waivers, pre-information, and log in information for virtual meetings will be provided for all participants via email after registration closes.
If picking up supplies and gear - all supplies will be packaged as a set and available during the gear pick-up; Certificates and patches will be presented upon gear return. Participants are welcome to use their own gear/equipment. Please use the list below when compiling your own gear/supplies. For participants not requiring a gear set, the Field Notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide will be sent via email; patches and certificates will be mailed to the address you provide upon registration.
- Field notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide
- Writing utensil (colored pencils are great to have, as well)
- Wading boots/waders (If weather/water temperatures are warm enough, sturdy water shoes can be used)
- Stopwatch (phones work great)
- Something that floats (stick, ping pong ball, etc)
- Calculator (phones work great)
- Measuring tape (at least 30’)
- Bug net (kitchen strainer will work)
- Collection pan (Tupperware or small white buckets can be effective)
- Magnifying glass
- Small sorting tray (ice cube trays work well)
- Fly rod, reel, and line
- Fly tying vise
- Fly tying tools
- Fly tying materials for midge pattern including hook and thread
- Extra fly line for bracelet (other material will work, as well)
- Beads for bracelet activity
*Please note: this program is available for non-Girl Scouts. We encourage our Girl Scouts to invite a friend to join them!
There are no refunds for this event.
If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-404-5708.
Virtual Program Introduction: Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m. via Zoom
Gear Pick-up at Larkspur Community Park, Larkspur: Friday, April 30, 4-6 p.m.
Virtual Fly-Tying Demonstration: Friday, May 7, 5 p.m.
Virtual Program Wrap-Up/Evaluations: Sunday, May 16, 3 p.m. via Zoom
Gear Drop-off at Larkspur Community Park, Larkspur Sunday, May 16, 4-6 p.m.