Creek Freaks

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Learning Kit

Have you always wanted to start an outdoor education program but don't know where to start? Are you looking for exciting hands-on activities for your classroom or an existing youth program? Have you been looking for a way to share your love of the outdoors with kids in your community? We have the answer - Creek Freaks!

Creek Freaks are middle school students making a splash to help the environment. Each session takes students outside to explore local streams and learn how healthy trees, shrubs, and grasses protect clean water and wildlife. Students are then empowered as local stream experts and are encouraged to continue advocating for and working to improve water quality.

The Izaak Walton League offers several ways to get started:

  • Visit for curriculum and extension activities. On this website, you and your students can also post data, videos, photos and stories about streams in your community.
  • The Izaak Walton League offers two-day trainings on hands-on stream monitoring activities. Attendees will receive a basic overview of stream ecology, guidance on how to manage the logistics of conducting on-going youth programs, and hands-on training in conducting activities from the Creek Freaks curriculum. Contact for upcoming training opportunities.
  • In Gaithersburg, MD, monitoring equipment is available for loan, along with activity materials and boots. Contact for availability.

    Please Note: geographic limitations do apply.

    This program is a partnership of the Izaak Walton League of America, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and U.S. Forest Service.

  • Author: 
    The Izaak Walton League of America
    Topic Areas: 
    Pollution Prevention
    Target Audience: 
    Grades 7-9
    Citizen and Youth Groups
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    teacher manual - 200 pages
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