Stream Monitoring (July 2018 - February 2019)



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States



Fall brings cooler weather and beautiful colors. What better way to do this than to get your feet wet in one of Reston’s streams? RA welcomes new volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations.

The summer stream monitoring season occurs between July 1 and August 31. Get involved with a small team to collect data and identify insects with the goal of assessing the health of Reston’s stream. Not only do you get to learn about streams, it also provides an opportunity to make new friends.


Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sunday, August 19 – 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, January 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are interested in assisting with stream monitoring for more than one or two sessions, training and practice opportunities are offered by joining seasoned volunteers and RA staff.

You can earn a Virginia Save Our Streams stream monitoring certification by successfully demonstrating your ability to identify macro-invertebrates. Each monitoring session consists of 2-3 hours. Any interest and commitment levels are appreciated.

To receive notices of upcoming monitoring dates, e-mail with the subject line “add me to the stream monitors list” to express interest.

Any Questions or Concerns:

Please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at 703-435-7986 or


No prior experience required. Training is regularly provided on-site.


All ages are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents must complete a Volunteer Minor Application for each child participating. 


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Applications and other information can be found at under "About Reston Association" then the "Volunteer Opportunities" tab.

New Volunteers (required):

Fill out a volunteer application. Once complete, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to start a VicNet account.

You can find the application here:

Returning Volunteers:

Log into VicNet and register under the "My Schedule" tab. Click the "Help Wanted" boxes on the calendar to sign up. 

If you experience any problems with Volgistics or VicNet, please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at 703-435-7986 or