In partnership with Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) and Anadarko, 23 Girl Scouts had the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. The goal of the event was to help girls develop an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employed STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math), plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. CTU volunteers led Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. Girls also explored the natural area and recorded their thoughts and observations.
Several Girl Scouts from Lina Zimmer’s troop attended. They had a great time and couldn’t decide which activity they liked best.
“This outdoor STREAM was my favorite by far.”
“This experience brought to my attention the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout and need for watersheds.”
Colorado Trout Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. With a grassroots base comprised of nearly 12,000 members in 24 local chapters across the state, CTU works both locally and statewide through advocacy, education, and on-the-ground restoration projects. For more information visit www.coloradotu.org.