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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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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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Creek Critters a Finalist for Excellence in Hands-On Science Book Award
The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.
Photo of two young students wearing face masks while performing a water chemistry test.
Student Voices Return to Stroud Water Research Center During COVID-19 Education Programming
Our educators have returned to something they do very well: delivering high-quality outdoor education programming that is both safe and meaningful for participants.
Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force Honored with 2020 Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award and Second NOAA B-WET Grant
Pennsylvania Watershed Education Task Force Honored with 2020 Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award and Second NOAA B-WET Grant
The task force is advancing statewide environmental literacy and meaningful watershed education for K-12 students and educators.
Leaf Pack Network Adds Hands-On Experience to Virtual Learning
Leaf Pack Network Adds Hands-On Experience to Virtual Learning
A Canadian university is making sure students get fieldwork experience despite the pandemic — by mailing them freshwater field kits to use at home.
$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
$50,000 Challenge Match Grant Generously Sponsored by the Colket Family Foundation
This challenge grant will enable us to sustain and expand our community-wide education and training programs, curricula, and instructional technologies.
Middle school students explore the local watershed to complete their field note books.
Meaningful Watershed Education: A Lasting and Expanding Partnership With a Local School District
The partnership has become a model for building formal and non-formal education partnerships in systemic watershed education.