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Celebrate 50 years of freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration in 2017 with us!

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For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.


Wild and Scenic Film Festival logo

Trail Creek Outfitters Presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24
Chester County Historical Society
Doors open at 6 p.m., films begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for one night, $45 for both nights.
This event sells out so don’t wait!

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Join host Trail Creek Outfitters for the 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival featuring two nights of different environmental short films designed to inspire the community. This event equally benefits Stroud Water Research Center and The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County.

Sponsored by: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Fair Play Foundation, PatagoniaDiver Chevrolet, Exelon Generation, Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP, Laurel Valley Soils, Midlantic LimitedPURE Insurance, Whole Foods Market, East of Maui, Nourish Juice Bar & Cafe, Unionville Equine Associates

Beverages donated by: Paradocx Vineyard, Country Vintner, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

In-kind donors: Triple Fresh Market, Barnard’s OrchardBixby’s Caterers, The Brown Derby, Dia Doce Gourmet CupcakesThe Farm at Doe Run, Farrell Brothers Catering/Sovana Bistro, George & Sons’ Seafood Market, Gerbron Wholesale, Honeybunches Floral Design, Inspired Brews, Iron Hill Brewery, Landhope Farms, Lily Sushi & Grill, Meadowset Farm & Apiary, Nomadic Pies, Nourish Juice Bar & Cafe, One Village Coffee, Roots Cafe, SIW Vegetables, Talula’s Table, Waywood Beverage, Wegmans, The Whip Tavern

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival National Sponsors

Patagonia, Clif Bar, Earthjustice, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Klean Kanteen, Orion Magazine, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly


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

How can clumps of slimy leaves spark stream exploration? Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how!

Saturday, March 25
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale PA 19311 Directions

Audience: Middle school and high school teachers, environmental educators, and citizens

Registration fee: $10

Download the flyer

The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for teachers and citizens of all ages, demonstrating how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality.

During this workshop, participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then examine leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates and identify what we find. We finish with a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database!

Contact Tara Muenz for more information, tmuenz@stroudcenter.org, 610-268-2153, ext. 301


Education program

Education Open House

Thursday, March 30
6–6:30 p.m. Stay for the free lecture (see below)
Stroud Water Research Center Directions

Gather at 6 p.m. in our Moorhead Environmental Complex to meet our educators, see sample activities in our state-of-the-art indoor classroom, learn about our boots-in-the water approach to environmental education, programs for K-12 schools and youth groups, training events for educators and other professionals, community events, and watershed resources.

Teachers, students, scout leaders, parents, water professionals, and the general public are welcome!


Science Seminar Series

A Win for the Farmer and a Win for Fresh Water: Cover Cropping

Thursday, March 30
Doors open at 6 p.m. for light refreshments
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center Directions

Cover crops are helping farmers to produce more yield, protect our waterways, and take better care of their soil. Learn about the cover cropping approach from the “Coach” himself, Steve Groff.

I will always be a farmer first. My decades of experience with cover crops fuels my passion for sharing what I’ve learned.”

Then hear from Stroud Center scientists about the research they are doing in conjunction with local farmer, Jamie Hicks, and his experiences thus far with cover cropping.

Calling all farmers, large landowners, and CSA, conservation, and agricultural groups — you don’t want to miss this!

For more information, call 610-268-2153,  ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

Sponsored by:

PECO logo Exelon logo


Early Childhood Education Teacher Workshop: From Stream to Sky

Bring nature into your classroom!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
OR April 6, 2017
4:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Watershed Education Training Institute (WETi)
198 Creek Drive, Millersville, PA 17551 Directions

This workshop will focus on lessons and activities for early childhood environmental education from Stroud Water Research Center and Pennsylvania State Parks, including activities from the Growing Up WILD curriculum.

Activities will be hand-on and outside, so please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Dinner will be provided.

Register online! There is a two-step registration process:

  1. Click the Register button, fill out your information, and submit the form.
  2. Return to this page and use the payment button to submit the $25 fee.

If you have any problems with the registration process, please email the webmaster.


Flint water tower

Joan and Dick Stroud Memorial Lecture Presents: Flint Water Crisis — Where Are We Now?

With Christina Devine, Virginia Tech Flint Water Study Team

Sunday, April 23
Doors open at 4 p.m., lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center

In 2014, Flint, Michigan switched their water source to the Flint River but did not provide corrosion control treatment. Residents started to notice health issues, discolored water, and strange smells coming from their faucets.

Three years later, there are still many unanswered questions and people who cannot access potable water from their tap.

Learn about the efforts of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team, the high lead levels that remain in Flint’s water, and what’s next!

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

Sovana Bistro logo

Also on Sunday, April 23!

Dine Out for Fresh Water

At Sovana Bistro, 696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square 19348

Dine & Donate! Bring your friends and family to Sovana Bistro on Sunday, April 23.

Dine any time between 4:30-9:00 p.m., let your server or bartender know you are there for Stroud Water Research Center and Sovana Bistro will donate 20% of ALL pre-tax sales to freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration.


Photo of course at Fieldstone Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Fieldstone Golf Club

Fore Fresh Water Golf Outing

Monday, May 22
Fieldstone Golf Club, Greenville, Delaware

Spend a day on the greens Fore Fresh Water as we tee off for our second annual golf outing.

Enjoy this scenic Par 71, 7,000+ yard course featuring dramatic elevation changes, bent fairways, numerous sets of tees per hole, and old-world bunkering.

This event WILL sell out so purchase your foursome ($1,200) or individual golfer package ($350) now!

Packages include lunch, greens fees, cart, course refreshments, entry into contests, and a reception.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Jessica Provinski at jprovinski@stroudcenter.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


Schuylkill Acts and Impacts youth

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

An Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action

June 17–24

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a weeklong watershed expedition that is offered to a team of 12 high school students from the five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia) in the Schuylkill River watershed. Students will spend the week learning about different water quality impacts in the watershed, do hands-on testing, learn from and interact with environmental professionals throughout the watershed, and will camp, kayak, and have tons of fun!

Schuylkill Headwaters Association (SHA), Fairmount Water Works, and Stroud Water Research Center have partnered to make this year’s program a success!

To see pictures from previous expeditions, please visit SHA’s Facebook page.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 from Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Students are selected through a competitive application review and phone interview process. Applicants must be enrolled in high school at the time they submit their application, however graduating seniors will be considered.

Download the application (Application deadline: March 24)