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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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Education Events

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Curricula

Virtual Learning Resources

Macroinvertebrate Resources

Grants 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 each 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

Introduction to the Lancaster County, Pa. Outdoor Leadership Network Initiative
Calling Lancaster County, Pa. Teachers: Join the Outdoor Leadership Network Initiative
Gain experience from teachers who have been teaching and engaging students in environmental literacy and action for years!
Members of Mighty Writers—El Futuro look at aquatic insects next to the Watershed Education Mobile Lab.
Watershed on Wheels Makes a Splash at World Water Day Event
Families, community members, and a group of Mighty Writers gathered to learn about the world’s most precious natural resource — clean fresh water — and how to protect it.
Myriah Wadley taking a stream sample.
Where Passion Meets Purpose: Myriah Wadley on Environmental Science and Education
Wadley is excited to share her passion for the environment with her community through boots-in-the-water educational experiences. “I want learners to feel more connected to the world around them.”
Examples of virtual learning activities for watershed education.
Making Virtual Waves in Watershed STEM Education
When the pandemic transitioned programs to virtual settings, our educators transformed obstacles into opportunities to reach underserved audiences, enhance student learning outcomes, and inspire young leaders to make a difference.
Stroud Water Research Center's Watershed Education Mobile Lab
Greater Philadelphia–Area Families and Community to Celebrate World Water Day, Explore New Watershed Education Mobile Lab
Connecting with nature is key to democratizing education about freshwater resources and provides important health and educational benefits to developing minds.
Two Harambee Institute students looking at aquatic macroinvertebrates they collected from a stream.
Bridging the Nature Gap: New Partnership Brings City Kids to the Great Outdoors
“The kids came back super geeked over just being out in nature and connecting with a waterway, and in their words, ‘We got to touch critters!’”

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.