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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.

Upcoming Education Events

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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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Curricula

Virtual Learning Resources

Macroinvertebrate Resources

Projects and Partnerships

Publications

Videos

Podcasts


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 from year to year.


Program Feedback

“The students absolutely LOVED IT!!! All the staff were extremely engaging, enthusiastic and competent, which made our jobs extremely easy! We loved how hands on and engaging the entire activity was.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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!”

“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.”


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

Stroud Center and Cabela's staff members with a shopping cart of donated gear.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Supports Stroud Center Fishing and Boating Programs
The generous donation of equipment and supplies will expand opportunities for many youth who may not otherwise have access to learn about fishing and canoeing.
Mandy Nix holding a wooden fish plaque while surrounded by Trout Unlimited members.
STREAM Girls Leader Honored by Trout Unlimited Chapter
Mandy Nix received an award for outstanding work leading the STREAM Girls program at the Stroud Center since 2019. 
A group of educators at the dedication of the West Chester Area School District Water Quality Education Center.
Stroud Center Partner Opens New Water Quality Education Center
West Chester Area School District’s three outdoor learning classrooms and interpretative signage will engage students, teachers, and the greater community for generations to come.
Four educators at a table in an outdoor pavilion learning how to use the Pocket Macros app.
On the Screen and in the Stream: Expanding Support of Adult Audiences
In addition to virtual programming, our education department offers open enrollment professional development workshops and partners closely with local school districts.
Tips for Successful Grant Writing webinar
Tips for Successful Environmental and Sustainability Education Grant Proposals
In this webinar, successful grant writers and program officers of funding agencies share how to read a request for proposal, where to find grants, and other tips for success.
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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).