Friends of the Kaw’s education programs have lots of opportunities in the spring and fall.  Please check out the many fun activities that need volunteer assistance.  Contact Laura Calwell, Education Director at or 913 963 3460 for more information or to volunteer at a specific event.

STREAM TEAM TRAINING – Sunday, April 2, 1:00 to 4:30pm, Jo Co Central Reserve Library, Pickard Rm, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

IMG_1507As part of our current Johnson County Stormwater Education Grant we are recruiting and training volunteers for three Stream Teams to test water in three tributary streams of the Kansas River.  We need 4 to 6 volunteers for each Stream Team and we tentatively plan to test the water quality of Turkey Creek, Mill Creek and Cedar Creek.  The training for the Stream Teams will be on Sunday, April 2 from 1:00 to 4:30pm at the Pickard Conference Room at the Johnson County Central Reserve Library at 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212.

The training workshop will be taught by our educational staff. You will learn to perform non-chemical and chemical tests, and also the procedure to seine and identify macro invertebrates (insects that live in the water.) At 2:30 teams will travel to their test sites with an educational staff member and perform the water quality tests and record the results.  Teams will choose dates to meet again in May, June and July to perform the tests again and compare the results. Friends of the Kaw will provide all the testing equipment for the Stream Teams.


IMG_0746We can always use interested adults (either trained or not) when we work with students to test water as part of the KAW Project.  Here’s our spring schedule:

Monticello Trails Middle School, 61oo Monticello Rd., Shawnee, KS, 66226 (for our Johnson County Stormwater Ed Grant)

Wednesday, March 22, 7:45 to 10am and/or 11:15 to 2:00pm                                         Thursday, March 23, 7:45 to 10am and/or 11:15 to 2:00pm                                             Saturday, March 25, 10:00 to noon, Cleanup on Clear Creek

Lawrence High School, Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N 1250 Rd, Lawrence                Thursday, March 3, 7:45am to 1:15pm (for our Greenwish Grant)

Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School, 11615 W 49th Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66203                   Thursday, May 3, 9:00am to 2:15pm

Mill Creek Middle School, 8001 Mize Rd., Lenexa, KS 66227 (for our City of Lenexa Stormwater Ed Grant)

Tuesday, April 18, 7:45 to 10:45am and/or 1:45 to 2:30pm                                                                       Wednesday, April 19, 7:45 to 10:45am and/or 1:45 to 2:30pm                                                                   Saturday, April 22, 10:00 to noon, cleanup on Mill Creek


IMG_2780Thursday, May 18 – We need experienced paddlers to paddle with students at Lake Lenexa Boat Ramp (just off Monticello Rd. 3 blocks north of Prairie Star Parkway) from 9 to 11am and noon to 2pm.