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Science Seminar Series: Buffers, Wetlands, and Spreaders, Oh My!

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Join us to learn about the extensive restoration efforts taking place throughout the White Clay Creek watershed.
Sponsored by: PECO and Octoraro Native Plant Nursery
Beverages donated by: Victory Brewing Company

Free!

Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance Winter Meeting

Healthy Soils: Building a Strong Foundation, featuring Gail Fuller. Mr. Fuller farms 1,700–1,800 acres plus 300 acres of custom work in Emporia, Kansas. On those acres he no-tills up to 13 crops including corn, grain sorghum, triticale, winter barley, soybeans, and winter wheat. He has used 60–70 different mixes of cover crops, utilizing sunflowers, radishes, turnips, and clovers most often. He was the recipient of the 2013 American Soybean Association® Conservation Legacy Award.

Sportsmen’s Forum

Conservation organizations, watershed groups, hunting and fishing groups, and other sportsmen groups are coming together for a day of collaboration with the common goal of healthy lands, habitats, and waters.

Postponed! Environmental Stewardship on the Farm Workshop

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Postponed until February 2018! Stewardship that makes "cents." This free workshop is for all farmers and landowners interested in profitable practices that improve streams, create wildlife habitat, and reduce regulatory concerns.

Free Farmer Workshop at Fleetwood Grange

Fleetwood Grange 2864 Moselem Spring Road, Fleetwood, PA, United States

Learn how you can improve your farming operation while protecting clean water! Topics will include conservation practices, technical assistance, and funding opportunities. Free lunch is included!

Farm Profitability and Stewardship Workshop

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

This free workshop is for all producers interested in profitable practices that improve streams, create wildlife habitat, and reduce regulatory concerns. Optional pesticide credits, lunch included.

Free Farmer Workshop at Bernville Grange

Bernville Grange 37 Shartlesville Road, Bernville, PA, United States

Learn how you can improve your farming operation while protecting clean water! Topics will include conservation practices, technical assistance, and funding opportunities. Free lunch is included!

Free Farmer Workshop at Oley Fairgrounds

Oley Fairgrounds Building 26 Jefferson Street, Oley, PA, United States

Learn how you can improve your farming operation while protecting clean water! Topics will include conservation practices, technical assistance, and funding opportunities. Free lunch is included!

Premiere of “The Lay of the Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water”

Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 328 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA, United States

Celebrate Lancaster Ag Week by joining us for the premiere of this short film featuring local farmers sharing their experiences of how best management practices improve their bottom line and protect water quality in our streams and rivers.

Lay of the Land: Healthy Soil, Healthy Water

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Sponsored by Farm Credit
Join us for this short film featuring local farmers sharing how best management practices improve their bottom line and protect water quality. Weather update: forecasts indicate that precipitation will not begin until after 9 p.m. We will hold the event as planned and will conclude by 8 p.m.

Stream and Buffer Ecology Workshop

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Topics will include stream ecology and links to riparian forests, strategic choices for restoring riparian corridors, buffer restoration and maintenance, and soil health for stream health.

Volunteer Tree Planting at the Brandywine Polo Field

Sponsored by Exelon Generation and Trail Creek Outfitters Brands That Give Back
Help us plant streamside forests to protect our watersheds. Groups welcome. Car pooling encouraged. Bring gloves and shovels if you have them!

Brown Bag Lecture: Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Sponsored by Solitude Lake Management
Bring your own lunch and join us to learn about this threat. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania forests and agriculture.

Rodale Institute Organic Field Day

Join Rodale Institute’s researchers and staff to learn about the latest research and visit demonstration stations on the farm. Visit Stroud Center scientists at the soil and water-quality project station!

Trails to Tailgates

Enjoy cocktails at the beautiful and historic Lucky Hill Farm before taking a short hike with Stroud Center scientists to the Stroud Preserve to learn about a six-year project in partnership with the Rodale Institute.

Scientist on Tap

Victory Brewing Company (Parkesburg) 3127 Lower Valley Rd, Parkesburg, PA, United States

John Jackson, Ph.D., and Lamonte Garber will discuss the health and restoration efforts of Valley Creek and the surrounding watersheds while we enjoy locally made Victory beer.

Riparian Forest Webinar Series

Online

Monday, March 30: Ecology of Streams and Riparian Forests
Tuesday, March 31: Do Hellbenders, Freshwater Mussels, and Native Brook Trout Matter?
Wednesday, April 1: Selling Buffers WITHOUT Financial Incentives
Thursday, April 2: Reforesting Shallowbrook School
Friday, April 3: Pre- and Post-Planting Vegetation Management for Establishment

Smart Talk About Soil Health

Join the conversation as WITF “Smart Talk” host Scott LaMar talks with Lisa Blazure, Stroud Water Research Center soil health coordinator, and two Lancaster County farmers about the numerous benefits of improving agricultural soil health.

[WEBINAR SERIES] No-Till and Cover Crop Implementation Online Education Program

Online

We are inviting public, private, and non-profit agricultural service providers to participate in a five-part, interactive, webinar training series emphasizing no-till and cover crop implementation that will train agricultural service providers to better support farmers who are preparing for and implementing in-field soil health practices.

Volunteer Tree Planting

We will be planting approximately 2.75 acres with 675 trees on a primary tributary of Doe Run Creek. This planting will also serve as a research site as we will be collecting data on the growth rate of trees in two different types of tree tubes.

Better Gardens, Better Soils

Virtual

Learn how you can spend less time weeding, have a productive garden, and improve water quality and soil health in your backyard!

Stream and Buffer Ecology Webinar

Virtual

Learn about the links between buffers and stream health, how aquatic insects can guide watershed restoration, buffer planting and establishment basics, the connection between soil health and clean water, strategic choices for restoring riparian corridors, and new research on buffer establishment methods.

[Webinar Series] Cover Crop Coaching

Join us for a free four-day webinar series for agriculture professionals and farmers discussing soil health and cover crop strategy and success. Webinars run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST each day.

Advanced Soil Ecology Webinar Series

This five-part webinar series (March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1) takes a deeper dive into the hidden world of soil microbes.

Lancaster Water Week

Hike, bike, paddle, or tune in from home for over 20 events during Lancaster Water Week! Celebrate our waterways and take action to protect them for the future.

Riparian Buffer Mini-Arboretum Tour

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

In the interest of testing new plants that could further enhance riparian areas, we've planted a wide selection of lesser-known native trees and shrubs, provided by our friends at Octoraro Native Plant Nursery.

Free

Your Land and Legacy: Resources for Agricultural Landowners

This free, 1-hour webinar will provide information for non-operating agricultural landowners to enable better planning and coordination with their farm operators to enhance soil health, soil and water conservation, and improved crop productivity.

Free

Soil Health Field Day at Stroud Preserve

Join us for in-field presentations and demonstrations about a soil health study comparing organic, conservation, and conventional farming practices.

Free

Volunteer Event: Tree Planting

Help us plant trees for healthy streams! We will be planting trees on approximately three acres along a tributary of Doe Run.

Volunteer Event: Stone Mulching

We are looking for volunteers to help us add stone mulch at the base of newly planted trees to protect them from plant competition and ensure survivability.

Earth Day Volunteer Event

Celebrate Earth Day with Stroud Water Research Center and Victory Brewing Company by helping with spring maintenance tasks on riparian buffer plantings along Buck Run. All ages are welcome!

Free

Stream Care Workday

Help take care of our streamsides across Lancaster County! We will be planting trees, weeding, and tending to native plantings.

Free

The Power of Water at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA, United States

Join John Jackson, Ph.D., and Matthew Ehrhart for an eye-opening discussion on the importance of water in our landscapes, our regions, and beyond.

Riparian Restoration Training Session

Pleasantview Alliance Church 16233 State Route 86, Saegertown, Pennsylvania, United States

Attention conservation professionals, landowners, and other interested parties in Northwestern Pennsylvania! Join us for the latest insights into riparian forest restoration.

Free

Got Dirt? How Healthy Soils Grow Better Veggies!

Stroud Water Research Center 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA, United States

Get ready for the spring garden season as you learn how you can improve water quality, soil health, and grow better veggies!

Free

Volunteer Day at Overlook Park

Help us celebrate Lancaster Water Week by giving back and helping out on this beautiful riparian buffer project.

Free

Water Film Night: Hidden Rivers

The New Main Theatre 124 East Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States

Join us for a film that documents the beauty and diversity found in freshwater rivers and streams in the southeastern United States.

$5

Building Better Buffers

The S. Dale High Leadership Center 1861 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA, United States

You've planted your trees, but your job isn't over yet! Learn about the next steps you need to take to ensure a successful buffer planting.

Free

Sustainable Landscaping at Overlook Park: Presentation and Tour

Manheim Township Public Library 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA, United States

Learn about the purpose, planning, and plantings in the natural area across from the Historic Stoner House and the Stoner Grille in Overlook Park.

Free

Building Natural Habitats with Native Plants

Mascot Roller Mill 443 Newport Road, Ronks, PA, United States

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! Join Stroud Water Research Center’s experts for a presentation about how to plan for spring.

Free