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 “K through gray” audiences 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.

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Protecting the health of our communities matters as deeply to us as sparking lifelong learning and stewardship. We’re implementing rigorous sanitation of education materials, adapting programs for social distance, and modeling the best guidelines available for COVID-19 safety. We currently offer:

💧 Virtual/online stream and watershed study experiences.
💧 Outdoor-only education programs located at the Stroud Center.
💧 Outdoor education programs at your site (e.g., school or local park).

No matter where you are in the world, contact the Stroud Center education department or submit a request to schedule.

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Upcoming Education Events

See also: All Stroud Center Events


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. Request 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

Employment Opportunity: Part-Time Educators (Level I Educator)
Employment Opportunity: Part-Time Educators (Level I Educator)
We're seeking to add environmental educators to our pool of part-time hourly personnel to assist in teaching stream study programs to various audiences.
Stroud Center Engages English Language Learners in Watershed STEM
Stroud Center Engages English Language Learners in Watershed STEM
Students at the Migrant Education Summer Camp went on an online watershed expedition to learn about their local watersheds.
Expanding Environmental and Watershed Literacy Inquiry Practice With Geospatial Technology Tools
Expanding Environmental and Watershed Literacy Inquiry Practice With Geospatial Technology Tools
Using geospatial technologies to explore complex interdisciplinary phenomena is a highly effective method for both teachers and students to better understand connections within the natural world.
Teachers learn how to use foldable microscopes at workshop.
Teachers Bring Home Lessons From the Amazon
Stroud Water Research Center and its partners are developing curricula that take the lessons the Amazon offers for how to live sustainably to schools and communities across the globe.
The Watershed Education Mobile Lab is coming in fall 2021.
Coming to Your Site Soon: The Watershed Education Mobile Lab!
As a new initiative to increase accessibility, our educators will soon be able to travel to your school, community, or group location to deliver meaningful watershed education programming.
A student peers into a microscope to examine an aquatic macroinvertebrate, an indicator of stream health.
Expanding Global Learning Opportunities
We've synthesized digital, remote, and in-person teaching methods, developed remote learning kits, and tailored programming for local high-needs audiences and learners of all abilities.

Stroud Water Research Center’s education department is here to support students and families during ongoing COVID-19 mitigation.

Our team is committed to ensuring you #LearnAtHome — at your own pace, in your own homes, to meet your own unique needs.

We are curating hands-on, minds-on virtual learning resources, including NEW virtual activities and workshops, to engage students, teachers, and everyday community members alike. New resources will be posted weekly!