Setting up your group

Whether you’re two or 20 people coming together to make a difference, setting yourselves up as a “group” on Water Rangers will help you get there.

Step 1: Create your group

Creating a group on Water Rangers is free and easy. Simply follow the instructions on the sign up page to get your group started.

Step 2: Customize your observation form

Wait, what’s an observation form? Basically, your “observation form” is exactly what it sounds like- it’s the “form” your volunteers will use to record their observations!

Customizing your observation form is a great idea, because then your group will only see the fields that apply to it. This helps reduce the chances of someone making a mistake, and also makes it easier and faster to record your results.

To customize your observation form, go to your group’s homepage. Then, click “Manage Group.”

Once you’re here, click “Observation Form” on the left-hand side.

Then, simply drag the parameters you’re testing for to the green box, and the parameters you’re not testing for to the red box. The parameters left in the beige box will remain on the form under the list of “additional tests.”

Don’t forget to click “update” at the bottom of the page to save your changes!

Step 3: Draw the region that your group will be testing in

Go to “Region” on your Group Admin menu, and then draw a shape around the area that your testers will be active in.

Step 4: Edit your group’s settings

If anyone else is testing in same region as you, you have the option to be notified of it. Simply check off the appropriate box in the “Settings” section of the Group Admin menu.

Step 5: Add your group members

To add members to your group, click on the “Members” section of your Group Admin menu. Then, add your group members by email. They’ll get an email saying that you’ve added them, and will have the option to accept or decline your invitation.