Our next Springs Inventory and Assessment Workshop will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona in the spring of 2020.

SSI hosts one-day and multi-day workshops to share our research and instruct the general public, educators, students, government agencies, NGOs, and Tribal members in the inventory and assessment protocols of springs stewardship.  Participants gain the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the environment and learn to be better stewards of it in the future. Workshops are hosted at the Museum of Northern Arizona as well as at other host institutions throughout the year. Topics taught vary, but key concepts include:

Dr. Larry Stevens demonstrates the proper use of the Solar Pathfinder to workshop participants. Photo by Molly Joyce.

  • springs ecosystems

  • ecological integrity

  • natural and cultural utility

  • stewardship

  • restoration

  • monitoring

  • field data collection

  • information management

Workshops are split into multi-day schedules that include classroom sessions followed by practical application in the field.

Research collaborator, Dr. Abe Springer, describes the 12=springs types to the class at the Durango 2015 "Springs Assessment and Climate Adaptation Workshop." Photo by Molly Joyce

In the classroom

The first day of SSI workshops consists of a classroom session that breaks down SSI's research, protocols, and monitoring methods. Participants will learn from experienced staff:

  • the importance of springs and their role in the ecosystem

  • the 12-springs types

  • the intricate network of springs-dependent-species (SDS)

  • inventory protocols developed by SSI

  • management and monitoring techniques

  • and much more.

In the field

Each afternoon, participants will go to a local, nearby spring to utilize their new skills. With instruction from SSI staff, they are given the opportunity to have hands-on experience surveying a spring using each level of the SSI Springs Inventory Protocol (SIP):

  • using GPS equipment to record georeference and access directions

  • drawing a sketchmap of the site and identifying its microhabitats

  • using a solar pathfinder to measure the site's solar radiation budget

  • measuring water quality and flow using a variety of different methods

  • collecting, observing, and recording invertebrates and vertebrates (terrestrial and aquatic) at the site using various methods

  • collecting and recording flora found at the site

  • and much more.