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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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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

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Model My Watershed: an investigation into the role of big data, technology, and models in promoting student interest in watershed action
Marcum-Dietrich, N., S. Kerlin, A. Hendrix, N. Sorhagen, C. Staudt, and Z. Krauss. 2021. The Journal of Environmental Education 52(4).
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.
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A case study of the effects of a school outdoor learning initiative — spring 2021
Kerlin, S., and N. Marcum-Dietrich. 2021. Report from Stroud Water Research Center.

Give the Gift of Fresh Water

As you give thanks for the gifts in your life, we invite you to give the gift of water. Clean drinking water, good health, happy trout, productive soil, clean air, the simple joys of swimming, boating, fishing — our healthy freshwater ecosystems make these and so many other things possible.

Your donation today will help preserve and protect
the future of fresh water.

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!