BECOME A citizen SCIENTIST and help monitor our SPRINGS!
SpringsWatch is a citizen science program that provides volunteers with hands-on training in the field. That “field” is Florida’s beautiful springs! Volunteers learn all aspects of water quality monitoring and get to know the wildlife and plants that depend on springs systems. This fun and educational day on the water also contributes to our springs knowledge database as well as that of other environmental agencies across the state.
Currently, we have 11 active SpringsWatch groups across Florida, listed below. During SpringsWatch sessions, volunteers and FSI staff collect data on water temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, vertical light attenuation, water clarity via horizontal Secchi disk measurements, aquatic vegetation, wildlife, and human uses.
SpringsWatch is a great way to get out to the springs, learn, and help generate data that supports them. Keep scrolling to find a group near you and sign up to volunteer!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about our springswatch program
WATER QUALITY PARAMETERS COLLECTED
Curious about the data collected by our SpringsWatch volunteers? Click on the photos below to learn more about each SpringsWatch group. Each group page includes links to annual monitoring summaries and dashboards. Each dashboard includes a map of the SpringsWatch stations, summaries of the data collected by each SpringsWatch program, and downloadable data.
Springswatch volunteer application form
*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!
Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.