STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. They can even earn a special patch while doing so! 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. Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so girls can get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.
In this hybrid take home/virtual program, CTU will provide Girl 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 ten 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. Activities include:
- 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 the location mentioned in registration. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 20 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout..
*Please note: this program is available for non-Girl Scouts. We encourage our Girl Scouts to invite a friend to join them!
Longmont, Starts April 1: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april01_stream_girls.html
Larkspur, Starts April 29: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april29_stream_girls.html
We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.