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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 adults and students grades 4 and up 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.

Program Feedback

General e-news is sent approximately quarterly; virtual learning e-news is currently being sent weekly on Thursday.

Upcoming Education Events

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Programs

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

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.

EnviroDIY

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

Explore Your Backyard Watershed and Others Worldwide with the Leaf Pack Network!
Explore Your Backyard Watershed and Others Worldwide with the Leaf Pack Network!
How can homemade leaf packs and an online data portal help you study creeping, crawling aquatic macroinvertebrates? ... Read More
Biodiversity in the Keystone State
Biodiversity in the Keystone State
Explore resources from Pennsylvania nature centers, science museums, state parks, conservation districts, and many other highly specialized organizations ... Read More
Video still of a tapir enjoying the rain
Biodiversity at Our Costa Rica Field Station
Tapirs are "umbrella species" in tropical ecosystems. Watch one enjoy the rain while swimming in Río Tempisquito during a rare ... Read More
Splash into Project WET’s Home and Distance Learning Resources!
Splash into Project WET’s Home and Distance Learning Resources!
Take a look at a few of our favorite Project WET Home and Distance Learning Resources to support water education ... Read More
Watch Mayfly Nymphs Hatch Instantly
Watch Mayfly Nymphs Hatch Instantly
This video by Stroud Center Entomologist David Funk captured the moment an ovoviviparous mayfly laid a brood of eggs that ... Read More
New Canoe Fleet Helps Foster Meaningful On-the-Water Education
New Canoe Fleet Helps Foster Meaningful On-the-Water Education
Getting participants outside for learning in nature is a vital step in helping them make connections between the program content ... Read More

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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!

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