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Stroud Water Research Center’s education department is here to support students and families during ongoing COVID-19 mitigation.

Thousands of students and community members who would usually flood the Stroud Center campus this spring for education programs are now quarantined at home. We miss you. We are here for you. And we are committed to supporting your efforts to #LearnAtHome.

We understand these are not normal teaching and learning conditions. Our students, teachers, and families are experiencing emergency remote teaching and learning—or as some have called it, “pandemic pedagogy.” Together, we hope to transform this into “positive pedagogy” through innovative virtual learning resources that help you discover, inquire, and learn — at your own pace, in and around your own homes, to meet your own unique needs.

On this webpage, you can explore fun, freshwater-focused resources for all ages, most of which are free! Curated by our education team, these resources transport the stream-to-the-screen and help you experience your home watershed and nearby nature in your own yard.

Virtual Learning E-Newsletter
Want to receive new virtual learning resources in your inbox? We are offering an education e-newsletter delivered each Thursday that will include:

  • A featured educational resource.
  • A video, recorded program, or announcement about a live online program for youth or educator professional development, or other creative or goofy learning things our team of educators come up with.
  • A short save-the-date list of upcoming virtual learning events.
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? Learn 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. Learn 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 daytime visit to our field station. Learn 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 for all ages. Learn 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 hatched immediately into hundreds of nymphs. Learn More
Explore Stories from the Streams
Explore Stories from the Streams
This video series shows how Stroud Center scientists and others are working to maintain the quality of the water that sustains 15 million people living in the Delaware River Watershed. Learn More
Dive into a Virtual Resource for Teaching and Learning with Aquatic Macroinvertebrates!
Dive into a Virtual Resource for Teaching and Learning with Aquatic Macroinvertebrates!
You can quite literally experience the creature comforts of staying at home with an innovative, web-based resource to support aquatic macroinvertebrate identification. Learn More
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Motion
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Motion
Explore our video library of aquatic macroinvertebrates wriggling, swimming, and crawling through stream water! Learn More
Enliven Your Storytime with <em>Creek Critters</em>
Enliven Your Storytime with Creek Critters
Do you like scavenger hunts? How can you tell if creek water is clean and healthy? Join Lucas and his sister as they act like scientists looking for certain kinds Learn More
Dive into Water Science Careers!
Dive into Water Science Careers!
Our Water Science Career Videos engage viewers of all ages in real careers in freshwater-focused science, technology, engineering, and math. Learn More
WikiWatershed Toolkit
WikiWatershed Toolkit
The WikiWatershed® Toolkit supports citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. Learn More
Water Quality Mobile App
Water Quality Mobile App
The Water Quality mobile app is a water-monitoring learning tool designed for use by educators and their students, citizen scientists, and researchers. Learn More
Macroinvertebrates.org
Macroinvertebrates.org
Macroinvertebrates.org is an interdisciplinary effort to create an innovative resource for aquatic insect identification to support citizen science activities. Learn More
Rock Pack Experiment
Rock Pack Experiment
The Rock Pack Experiment combines STEM topics of engineering, ecology, geomorphology, and mathematics through the world of the net-spinning caddisfly. Learn More
Students in Oregon performing a leaf pack experiment
The Leaf Pack Network
The Leaf Pack Network® is an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors investigating their local stream ecosystems. Learn More
EnviroDIY.org
EnviroDIY.org
EnviroDIY members can showcase their environmental sensors and homegrown approaches to monitoring, data management, or any number of other topics. Learn More
Monitor My Watershed
Monitor My Watershed
Monitor My Watershed lets you explore macroinvertebrate data from the Leaf Pack Network  and sensor datasets from EnviroDIY, an environmental science and monitoring community. Learn More
Runoff Simulation
Runoff Simulation
The Runoff Simulation shows how land use and soil determine whether rainfall infiltrates the soil, runs off, or is evaporated and transpired by plants. Learn More
Model My Watershed
Model My Watershed
Model My Watershed® is a powerful web app that lets users compare how different conservation or development scenarios could modify runoff and water quality. Learn More