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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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Program offerings

  • 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).

Contact the Stroud Center education department or submit a request to schedule.

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Curricula

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Projects and Partnerships

Publications

Videos

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Programs

School and
Youth Programs

Scout
Programs

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Community and
Family Programs

Professional Development
and Training

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 from year to year.


Program Feedback

“The facilitators were very knowledgeable. They challenged the kids and held their interest. As one of many field trips I have attended with my kids over the years this by far tops my list.”

“Just had an AMAZING field trip there with the 4th grade…. Thanks so much for a great day! Super day, really! The educators are super. They are the perfect ‘speed’ for the kids.”

“Thank you for an amazing day at your facility! I am sure every member of our watershed steward class left knowing much more than they did when we entered. You guys were great!”

“Thanks again for an outstanding field trip. Your ability to accommodate my student with hearing and visual challenges was exemplary! I’ve heard many favorable comments from our staff!”


WikiWatershed

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.

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.

Leaf Pack Network Simulation

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If you can’t get to a stream to perform a study, you now have a virtual option!

Monitor My Watershed®

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

Macroinvertebrates.org

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Learn to identify 150 taxa commonly used in citizen science and education.

EnviroDIY

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

Water Quality Mobile App

Enhance stream study and monitoring activities with a mobile app.

Education News

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Mandy Nix collecting macroinvertebrates in the east branch of White Clay Creek.
Congrats and Farewell, Mandy Nix
Stroud Water Research Center congratulates and says farewell to Mandy Nix, our all-star watershed education specialist, as she begins the next chapter of her career.
A student weighs dried leaves in a mesh bag in preparation for a leaf pack project.
Teen’s Eye-Opening Experiment to Monitor Local Water Quality Wins at Science Fair
“My finding surprised me and taught me that the clean water in my community is more limited than I thought.”
Students study fish temporarily removed from a nearby stream.
Rooted in Science
30 years and counting, Stroud Water Research Center’s Education Department makes cutting-edge freshwater science fun.
Lenape Chief Dennis Coker discussing native mussels with Tara Muenz along Fork Branch in Delaware.
Lenape Community Scientists Restore Their Ancestral Watershed
Watershed monitoring and stewardship activities will support the potential to reintroduce mussels — the most endangered and threatened freshwater faunal group in the United States.
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Protecting our WATERS: a 5E lesson sequence derived from a National Science Foundation- funded middle school watershed sustainability curriculum
Krauss, Z., D. Kline, N.I. Marcum-Dietrich, C. Stunkard, S. Kerlin, and C. Staudt. 2022. Science Activities 59(2):97–105.