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Creek Freaks

Main Project Information
Goal Improve your community's water quality.
Task Collect and post information on stream health.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Young people and adults collect information on stream health and post biological, chemical and physical data, photos and videos on an interactive map. This provides information to the public, to scientists and to conservation groups about local water quality. The Creek Freaks website includes data forms and activity guides to get started monitoring aquatic macroinvertebrates (stream insects and crustaceans), water chemistry, and to take visual observations and physical measurements of the stream and streamside vegetation.

How to Join

Visit for more information.

Social Media
Required Gear

You can take visual observations with a data sheet downloaded from the site or post photos and videos taken with a camera.

For biological monitoring, you will need a kick-seine or D-frame net to collect the bugs from the stream, an identification chart or field guide to aquatic insects and crustaceans, a magnifying glass and a few basic household items.

Chemical tests require the purchase of kits.

All equipment needs and suppliers are listed on the website at

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags kids, streams, water quality
Project Updated 04/21/2017