Event Calendar

Upcoming Events at a Glance


The Water’s Edge

Thursday, October 23
6-9 p.m.
Longwood Gardens

Lead Sponsorship (10 Seats) $10,000

Key Sponsorship (6 Seats)

Individual Ticket

Individual, Age 21-40

Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Trust

Each year Stroud Water Research Center hosts The Water’s Edge gala in celebration of our most precious resource — water. This special evening allows us to bring together our friends and neighbors whose support is critical to our endeavors. Proceeds from the evening support our freshwater research, restoration, and education programs.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will receive
the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence

Photo courtesy Waterkeeper Alliance

One of Time magazine’s “Heroes of the Planet,” Kennedy is a resolute defender of the environment.

He led the fight to restore the Hudson River, negotiated the New York City Watershed Agreement, and serves as president of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

“Mr. Kennedy has been a staunch advocate for the rights of people and wildlife to clean fresh water and a long-time champion of stream and river ecosystems worldwide. I’m thrilled that he will be here to receive this award.” — Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., Stroud Center Director
Cocktails in the Conservatory

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by the presentation of the award, remarks by Mr. Kennedy and a sumptious dinner in the Conservatory.

The Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, also known as the SAFE Water Award, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. Past recipients include Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. and Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013), John Briscoe, Ph.D. (2012), and Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling (2011).

Premiere Sponsor
Alice and Rod Moorhead
Betty Moran

Lead Sponsors
William and Tabitha Bradley
The Curran Foundation
Fresh Start Development Company, LLC
Jock and Anne Stroud Hannum
Dick and Meg Hayne
The Kookaburra Foundation
Scott Wisman/Merrill Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wister, Jr.

Key Sponsors
Franny and Franny Abbott
Calico/Everfast Inc.
Phoebe Driscoll
Gawthrop Greenwood, PC
Glatfelter Insurance Group
Hankin Group
H. Donnan Sharp Jones
Longwood Gardens
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Matz
Michael and Anne Moran
Kenneth and Moira Mumma
Al West and Sarah Walter

Free Workshop

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil and Streams

Wednesday, October 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Shady Maple Banquets and Conference Center, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA 17519

Protecting your water begins with taking care of your land. In this one-day workshop, soil expert Ray Archuleta and stream ecologist Bern Sweeney will present ground-breaking research that will help you understand how the soil in your fields and pastures and the streams flowing through your land are the most important assets to your farm and the community.

Learn about best management practices, such as cover crops, reduced tillage, forested stream buffers and restricted livestock access to streams, that you can use to increase productivity, enhance soil health and improve water quality.

Light morning refreshments will be provided along with a buffet lunch. The event is free, but registration is required.

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The registration deadline is October 15, 2014. However, space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Registration confirmation will be mailed to those enrolled in the workshop. Please bring confirmation to the event. Those who don’t receive confirmation will be unable to attend.

Sponsored by: USDA, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Stroud Water Research Center

Photo: Michael Pereckas, Wikimedia Commons

Free Science Lecture

Have You Salted Your Water Today?

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A tour of our “green” building, the Moorhead Environmental Complex, will start at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments provided. Lecture begins at 7 p.m.

The Meeting House at Stroud Water Research Center. Get directions

Presented by John Jackson, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and head of the Entomology group, and David Arscott, Ph.D., Vice President and Assistant Director

Where does the salt in our streams come from?
How does it end up in our streams and rivers?
How does it affect plants and animals living there?

Join Drs. Jackson and Arscott for a look at the many ways salts enter our streams and rivers.

Learn about:

Lecture is FREE and open to the public, ages 12 and up. No registration is required.

Sponsored by:

Legal Internet Solutions Incorporated

FREE Workshop

Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

Saturday, November 8, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center

How can clumps of slimy leaves in a stream spark stream exploration? The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for non-scientists which demonstrates how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities and applying that information to protect local watersheds.

Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how! During this workshop participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at the Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then experience hands-on examination of leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates, including their identification and a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database.

Come learn about the Leaf Pack Experiment to examine the health of YOUR local streams! This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers and environmental educators. The workshop is FREE. Participation is limited to 20 people.

WORKSHOP IS FULL! Contact Tara Muenz if you would like to be put on the waiting list, tmuenz@stroudcenter.org, 610-268-2153, ext. 301.

At the workshop you will receive:

Sponsored by: Stroud Water Research Center, 3M, and Tyler Arboretum

Kids’ Program

Moonlit Stream Stomp

Saturday, December 6. TWO starting times to choose from: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
For ages 9-15 years old; $5 per child.
Starting location: Stroud Water Research Center behind the Moorhead Environmental Complex.

Have you ever been in the woods at night in wintertime, hiking along a creek?

There is a whole world to explore!

Join Stroud’s Education Program Manager for a moonlit stomp along a gorgeous stretch of the White Clay Creek. You will be excited to see in the dark using sounds, smells, and the moon to lead the way!

This night hike will conclude with a campfire, s’mores, and hot chocolate! Yum!

Sorry, but the Streamside Stomp is for children only. Adults are welcome to join us around the campfire sipping on cocoa until the hike is completed.

Please wear sturdy shoes (boots are preferred) & warm clothes (hats, scarves and gloves).

Registration by December 3 is required.

Questions and registration should be directed to: Tara Muenz, (610) 268-2153, ext. 301, tmuenz@stroudcenter.org