Introductory Sampling

Introductory Sampling - Field Chemistry & Grab Sampling
(Phase I)

This training enables you to analyze aquatic chemistry and collect a water sample for laboratory analysis.

If you are interested in becoming a Watershed Watch sampler, you can begin by viewing this introductory video. After watching the video, please click on the link in the description below the YouTube video to take the completion quiz, or use this quiz link!

Then, you can reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator at to arrange a practice session with a trained sampler and receive your sampling supplies and further instruction.

Presentation Slides

The following presentation slides are used during our in-person training workshops, which are typically held in the spring before our first sampling event takes place in May.

  • Logistics - provides an overview of how Watershed Watch sampling events are conducted

  • Field Chemistry - provides instructions on using field kits to determine water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity

  • Grab Sampling - provides instructions on the correct procedure for collecting a water sample and transporting it to the lab for analysis

Recertification (every 3 years)

Samplers should be recertified every 3 years to maintain their qualification to participate in annual sampling events. The following slides and/or video will serve as a refresher to remind you of correct sampling procedures. In-person recertification workshops are also occasionally provided, often during the annual conferences.