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 our main laboratory in the Powell Ecology Laboratory at the Museum of Northern Arizona as well as at other host institutions throughout the year. Please visit our Upcoming Workshops calendar. Topics taught vary, but key concepts include:
- springs ecosystems,
- ecological integrity,
- natural and cultural utility,
- field data collection,
- and information management.
Workshops are split into multi-day schedules that include classroom sessions followed by practical application in the field.
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.
NEXT workshop June 7-8, 2018 - flagstaff, AZ
followed by an optional hands-on field training June 11-16
SSI's next Springs Inventory and Assessment workshop will combine our standard two-day workshop with an optional 5 days of hands-on field training.
The 2-day workshop will include afternoon hands on field training as described above. Led by SSI's experienced crew, the optional 5 days of field time will provide the opportunity for participants to expand upon the skills covered in the workshop. This will include learning more about identification of flora and fauna from experienced field biologists; developing a better understanding of springs hydrogeology; and participating in every phase of inventory and assessment of springs. Participants will camp as a group on forests nearby Flagstaff. They will need to provide their own camping equipment (sleeping bag, tent, etc.), but three meals per day will be provided. On the last day, June 15, the group will return to the SSI lab at the Museum of Northern Arizona to enter the collected data into Springs Online database. Graduates from this program will have the experience necessary to plan fieldwork, conduct inventories, enter data, and produce reports.