Citizen Scientist Workshop

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Outdoor Learning Park behind the Sabraton Kroger

1851 Earl L Core Road

Morgantown, WV 26505

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Friends of Deckers Creek is recruiting local residents to join our Citizen Scientist Program. Citizens Scientists will collect water quality data to help monitor and protect the health of our watershed. FODC is hosting a Citizen Scientist Workshop to train new members on Saturday, June 24th at 9am.

This event is absolutely free! We provide all the tools, equipment, and instruction necessary for you to complete your roll as Citizen Scientists.

During the workshop FODC staff will show you how to take accurate samples, calibrate your monitoring probe, properly record and report your findings, explain the importance of Citizen Scientist to our work here at FODC, and to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Spots are limited due to available equipment, so please don't wait to register.


What if I can't attend the workshop?

We will be scheduling several other workshops throughout the summer to try and accommodate everyone’s schedules. Our next workshop is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please use the parking lot on the side of the Kroger in Sabraton, behind the gas station. This is the entrance to the Deckers Creek Rail Trail. From there it is a short walk to our Outdoor Learning Park, which can be easily spotted from the trail.

What should I bring to the event?

This event will be held outside rain or shine. We do have a small pavilion for inclement weather, but suggest attendees bring a rain jacket. We will be doing demonstrations in the creek so it's highly recommended you wear clothing you don't mind getting wet and proper footwear. Rubber boots for wading are most practical, if you have waders and don’t want to get wet you may bring those (although many samples can be taken from the bank or shallow water so they are not necessary). Of course if you're a sandal and rolled up pants kind of person that’s acceptable too, whatever you're most comfortable in!

All tools and equiptment will be provided!

How long is the commitment?

We ask that if you sign up to be a citizen scientist you commit to at least one year of monitoring. This is so that we can collect consistent data throughout the year. The program consists of our Scientist volunteering 2 hours of their time, once a month, for the duration of the year.

I am interested in learning about the program but cannot commit to a full year, can I still attend?

Yes, however we cannot provide you with any of our equipment due to limited resources and our need to collect steady data throughout the year.

I am a student, can I participate in this program?

Yes, however as mentioned we need a full year commitment from our scientist. If you are a student that returns home for the summer we are, unfortunately, not able to include you in the program due to data and equipment restraints. If you’re interested in getting involved with FODC in any other way, please give us a shout!

After completing the program is the equipment mine?

No, unfortunately FODC has limited equipment and needs every instrument to keep the program up and running. If you decide you can no long participate in the Program please return all equipment to the FODC office, or call us to arrange a pick up time.

Will I need to provide anything of my own?

Just your time! We ask for approximately two hours of your time once a month.

We also recommend a sturdy pair of shoes, or rubber boots as you will be wadding into the creek and navigating the banks to your sites.If you have waders that’s great, but not necessary for participation. Often times samples can be taken from the creek bank.

What is the refund policy?

The cost of this program is absolutely free!

Can I bring my children to the workshop?

Sure! However while participating in the program please use common sense and caution. Some monitoring areas have steep embankments and may not be suitable for children to accompany you. We strongly recommend caution when bringing a child to a site with rough water conditions or when near a road way.

I have limited mobility but am still interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist, is there a way to participate?

Yes, we have several sites we can save for those with limited mobility or have small children they would like to have accompany them. However the creek only offers a few of these spots, with most monitoring areas requiring some physical capability to get to. Please contact us if you would like to reserve a site with easier access and we will try to accommodate you.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Holly Purpura at or at 304-292-3970 with any questions.


Workshop: Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)


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