Professional Development and Training

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Upcoming Events

For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 301 or email

Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

How can clumps of slimy leaves spark stream exploration? Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how!

Saturday, March 25
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale PA 19311 Directions

Audience: Middle school and high school teachers, environmental educators, and citizens

The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for teachers and citizens of all ages, demonstrating how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality.

During this workshop, participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then examine leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates and identify what we find. We finish with a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database!

For more information or to register, visit the Leaf Pack Network® website.

Using digital devices in environmental education

Webinar: To Unplug or Plug In

Hosted by Green Teacher

Monday, March 27
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Justin Hougham and Steve Kerlin

Free general registration.
Registration with continuing education certificate: $5

Register now

While the right mobile digital technologies can do much to enhance environmental education, it is important to take time to review and select both the technology and the apps that will work best for your educational situation. Our two presenters will walk you through the steps and help you avoid common pitfalls.

Early Childhood Education Teacher Workshop: From Stream to Sky

Bring nature into your classroom!

Wednesday, April 5 (Wednesday workshop is full!)
Thursday, April 6
4:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Watershed Education Training Institute (WETi)
198 Creek Drive, Millersville, PA 17551 Directions

This workshop will focus on lessons and activities for early childhood environmental education from Stroud Water Research Center and Pennsylvania State Parks, including activities from the Growing Up WILD curriculum.

Activities will be hand-on and outside, so please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Dinner will be provided.

Register online! There is a two-step registration process:

  1. Click the Register button, fill out your information, and submit the form.
  2. Return to this page and use the payment button to submit the $25 fee.

If you have any problems with the registration process, please email the webmaster.

Engage Students in Stream Monitoring

Workshop Details

Students Can Do Citizen Science

This six hour teacher professional development workshop will guide you through activities and considerations to engage your students in citizen science stream and restoration monitoring activities.

Field and classroom activities include:

Registration and Act 48 Credit

Chester County teachers will receive six Act 48 credits through the CCIU. Teachers from other counties and nonformal educators will receive a certificate indicating six hours of professional development from the Stroud Center. Register and pay through the CCIU

Want to Learn More?

Call Tara Muenz, assistant director of education: 610-268-2153, ext. 301.
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