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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 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. Schedule a program for your class today!


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 simple leaf pack experiment.

Model Micro Site Runoff

Explore how land use and soil determine stormwater runoff.

Water Quality Mobile App

Enhance stream study and monitoring activities with a mobile app.


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

Trout Grow on Trees

Learn how healthy forests lead to healthy trout populations.

Education News

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"Muddy Boots Fund" Created to Benefit Boy Scouts and Stroud Center
“Muddy Boots Fund” Created to Benefit Boy Scouts and Stroud Center
As a result of a generous gift from brothers Greg, Barry, Keith, and Ray Bentley, the Chester County Council Boy ... Read More
Education Programs Get a Boost From BB&T
Education Programs Get a Boost From BB&T
BB&T's continued support has helped us teach thousands of public school students in grades 4 and up about the importance ... Read More
Would You Drink the Water?
Would You Drink the Water?
Stroud Water Research Center collaborated with senior students in the horticulture program at the Williamson College of the Trades on ... Read More
Our Watershed
Our Watershed
Marcum-Dietrich, N., S. Kerlin, C. Staudt, and M. Daniels. 2018. The Science Teacher 85(2):39–48 ... Read More
Sharing 21st Century Tools With Educators
Sharing 21st Century Tools With Educators
Two professional development workshops highlighted resources to engage students in learning about watersheds, stream health, and water quality ... Read More

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