Environmental Education

A Watershed Approach to Education

Stroud™ Water Research Center’s education department interprets the research of our scientists. Our programs are multidisciplinary and oriented to a wide audience. We hope that through exposure to our programs and information, people will be motivated to become responsible stewards of freshwater resources.

Our educators have developed extensive resources for educating adults and students grades 4 and up about watersheds and their importance. On-site and off-site school and scout programs, professional development workshops, and community and family programs are just some of the available options.

Featured Events

Save the Date details for the 2018 Dive Deeper Summit
Dive Deeper Water Educators Summit
Hosted by Penn State Extension
This all-day event is for anyone who teaches youth about water or anyone interested in educational tools and resources for teaching about water ... Read More
Students in Oregon performing a leaf pack experiment
Middle and High School Teacher Workshop: From Stream to Sky
Bring nature into your classroom! This workshop will focus on lessons and activities for environmental education on a secondary level, from Stroud Water Research Center and Pennsylvania State Parks, including ... Read More
People looking at a large watershed map
Advanced Watershed Educator Workshop for Non-Formal Educators
Presented at Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, PA. This workshop will provide a deep understanding of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences as vehicles for advancing environmental literacy and stewardship while ... Read More


Program Scholarships Are Available!

There are several funding sources that allow the Stroud Center to offer programs at no or reduced cost for your school or youth group. Our funding from the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program and other grants to subsidize education programs varies each year. Schedule a program for your class today! Thanks to a generous gift, all programs for Boy Scouts are now free.


WikiWatershed® is a web toolkit to support citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students to collaboratively advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. WikiWatershed is an initiative of Stroud Water Research Center.

Model My Watershed

Model storms and compare conservation or development scenarios.


Photo of two men building an environmental monitoring sensor

Join a community for do-it-yourself environmental monitoring.

Monitor My Watershed

Screenshot of Monitor My Watershed Browse Sites page

Share your water-quality data and explore data from other sources.

Leaf Pack Network

Learn about your stream’s health by performing a leaf pack experiment.

Runoff Simulation

Explore how land use and soil determine stormwater runoff.

Water Quality Mobile App

Enhance stream study and monitoring activities with a mobile app.

Education News

Photo of three kayakers on the Schuylkill River.
Expedition Inspires Students to Act and Impact Local Watershed
The students expressed interest in the story water-quality testing told as they traveled down the river from the mines, through ... Read More
Axalta All-Pro Teachers logo with Philadelphia Eagles logo
Axalta, the Philadelphia Eagles, and Stroud Water Research Center Celebrate All-Pro Teachers with a Day of STEM in the Stream
Teachers experienced STEM education in a real-world setting giving them the tools to cultivate the next generation of freshwater stewards ... Read More
Teachers at the Dive Deeper Summit
Teacher Stipends to Attend Dive Deeper Water Educators Summit
Application deadline has passed. 17 Pennsylvania K-12 teachers will receive a $300 stipend to attend the 2018 summit ... Read More
Students working on designing a 3-D macroinvertebrate model
Life Lessons in Three Dimensions: Students, Stroud Center, Retired Teacher Collaborate
By creating these teaching tools for other students to learn about freshwater ecosystems, the students developed their own curiosity about ... Read More
Video still of Milton Hershey School students deploying a water-quality-monitoring sensor.
Computer Science Students Get Their Boots Wet
As part of the Milton Hershey School’s Agriculture and Environmental Education pathway, the students are taking the computer science skills ... Read More
Fourth graders taking tree measurements
Learning Leading to Action: Young Heroes Protecting Our Waterways
Students are not only learning how to protect our waterways; they are also conducting their own scientific research or restoring ... Read More

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