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

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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.


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

Monitor My Watershed

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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

Local Artist Donates Proceeds From Show to Benefit Future of Fresh Water
Local Artist Donates Proceeds From Show to Benefit Future of Fresh Water
Matthew Shackelford's donation to the Future of Fresh Water Initiative will help foster and train future generations of freshwater stewards.
Updates to Water Quality Mobile App Support Data Collection and Stream-to-Screen Education
Updates to Water Quality Mobile App Support Data Collection and Stream-to-Screen Education
Are you looking for a new digital learning tool to support your water quality monitoring with students or citizen scientists? Check out Stroud Water Research Center's Water Quality Mobile App.
First Resource Bank made a $2,500 Earned Income Tax Credit contribution to environmental education.
First Resource Bank Contribution Boosts Virtual and In-Person Education Programming
The environmental education team is staying active during the pandemic by offering smaller, outside, in-person classes and virtual programming to teachers across the state and beyond.
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Uncharted WATERS: sustaining a meaningful student teaching experience amidst a global pandemic via an online STEM curriculum
Marcum-Dietrich, N.I., C. Stunkard, Z. Krauss, and S. Kerlin. 2021. Current Issues in Middle Level Education 25(2): article 3.
Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’  Doorsteps
Full STEAM Ahead: Delivering Education Programming to Girls’ Doorsteps
The freshwater-focused activities can be completed without professional instruction, advanced technologies, English language fluency, or access to high-quality green spaces.
Diana Oviedo-Vargas downloading data from a sensor located in White Clay Creek to a field laptop.
Oviedo-Vargas Shares Her STEM Career Journey
The Stroud Center biogeochemist was featured in a women-in-STEM webinar series hosted by EarthEcho International.

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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!