Community and Family Programs

The following programs are offered to the general public, government agencies, and citizen volunteers and can be tailored to meet your needs.

Tour of Stroud Water Research Center

Yellow maple leaf floating on a stream.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the program and gained a lot of useful information. It certainly was one of the best workshops I’ve attended.” — Citizen volunteer, Ligonier, Pennsylvania

A one-hour tour of our laboratory and teaching spaces includes a discussion of current research projects and a short tour of in-progress outdoor research projects.


45-minute presentations about stream ecosystems and Stroud Center research are available at your site. Examples of presentations include:

  • From Forest to Fish: Details the relationship between the terrestrial and aquatic environments.
  • Invertebrate Who’s Who: Highlights aquatic macroinvertebrate identification and their link to assessing water quality.
  • Stormwater in Your Watershed: Overview of stormwater, streams, and solutions.
  • Stroud Center Research Center: Highlights of our state-of-the-art freshwater research.

Stream School

Two teachers sorting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates in a lab.
“Great job! I have a very limited science background, and this workshop was great at explaining concepts and working with the information.” — Stream School participant

Stream School provides half-day training in biological monitoring, stream ecology, and watershed processes. Participants learn stream monitoring techniques from collecting samples to data analysis through field and classroom-based activities.

Stream School has provided training for watershed associations and conservation organizations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds

Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is a team of specialists available to provide technical assistance to your watershed group. C-SAW can provide technical assistance in three main areas:

Two teachers sorting macroinvertebrate samples while crouching in a stream.
“Very well presented. Excellent hands-on activities and reinforcement before and at the end of class. Superior instructional design.” — Stream School participant
  • Specific watershed technical assistance
  • Data quality control assistance
  • Mentoring assistance

C-SAW assistance is available at no cost to eligible Pennsylvania groups. To find out more, visit

Program Fees and Registration

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