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4-H Stream Team How-To Guides

At one time or another, everyone needs a little more information on completing activities in the 4-H Stream Teams program. These How-To guides are designed to provide you with the direction you need to have a more successful 4-H Stream Teams experience.
The Penn State Nittany Lion learns how to use a kick net

The Penn State Nittany Lion learns how to use a kick net

Each of the following How-To guides is available online and in a printable form for using offline. Some of the guides also have accompanying videos that you can watch online to supplement the written guides. Feel free to use these guides to assist you individually or to distribute to your 4-H Stream Team members to use as a group.

If there is a topic you need help with that you do not see listed here, send an email to the 4-H Stream Teams program coordinator (jrf21@psu.edu) to suggest the creation of an additional How-To Guide.

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed (image credit: US EPA)

There are lots of tools available on the internet for identifying the name of your local watershed; however they can be overwhelming and confusing at first. Please use this guide to help you start on the right path to making connections with your local watershed.

Stream studies that collect and sample aquatic macroinvertebrates can be done a number of different ways using lots of different types of equipment. Using a kick-net is one way to complete this type of study, and it is a method that provides you with scientific results that you can use to compare the water quality between multiple studies or samples.

This online video will introduce you to the practice of completing a stream study using a kick-net. For more detailed information about using a kick-net and completing a macroinvertebrate stream study, refer to the GUIDE: How To Complete a Kick-Net Stream Study, which can be found on this website.

This online video will introduce you to the USGS StreamStats Interactive Map website, and how to use this tool to create a map of a small watershed. To learn more about identifying your local watershed, refer to the GUIDE: How To Identify Your Local Watershed in Pennsylvania, which can be found on this website.

The 4-H Stream Teams Volunteer Handbook is your comprehensive guide to leading a group of youth through the 4-H Stream Teams program.

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Printable Version: Stream studies that collect and sample aquatic macroinvertebrates can be done a number of different ways using lots of different types of equipment. Using a kick-net is one way to complete this type of study, and it is a method that provides you with scientific results that you can use to compare the water quality between multiple studies or samples.

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PRINTABLE VERSION: Stream studies that collect and sample aquatic macroinvertebrates can be done a number of different ways using lots of different types of equipment. Using a kick-net is one way to complete this type of study, and it is a method that provides you with scientific results that you can use to compare the water quality between multiple studies or samples.