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

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

Watershed 101: A Workshop on Stream Ecology and Monitoring

Join Us in April or May

April 20, 21, and 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
East Stroudsburg University’s Innovation Center (Room 333), 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Directions

May 18, 19, and 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center, 970 Spencer Rd., Avondale, PA 19311 Directions


Individuals and organizations working in the Delaware River Basin are invited to Stroud Water Research Center’s three-day “Watershed 101” workshop, which is being conducted in support of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and the William Penn Foundation’s (WPF) goals to assist watershed organizations in developing technical background and monitoring capacity.

“Watershed 101” focuses on stream and river structure and function in the context of study design, monitoring, and watershed management (day 1: chemistry and fluvial geomorphology; day 2: biology; day 3: study design and monitoring). Real-world examples will be used to emphasize key physical, chemical, and biological relationships. Activity/discussion sessions will be used to explore project-specific study design and monitoring questions and goals. The workshop will also introduce and discuss resources such as Model My Watershed®, a modeling tool that supports detailed landscape analyses and modeling of hydrology, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads (among other capabilities). The workshop will also cover the use of EnviroDIY™ sensor stations, which support real-time collection of water-quality data using open-source electronics at a lower cost than traditional approaches.

Volunteers, scientists, managers, and institutional leaders are all welcome to attend — the workshop is intended to be accessible and applicable on all of these levels.


Expense Reimbursement

The Stroud Center has limited funds available to support attendee travel and lodging expenses; an information sheet will be provided at the workshop describing the process for reimbursement.

Register Today

Register for April workshop at East Stroudsburg University
Register for May workshop at Stroud Water Research Center

Questions? Contact David Bressler, dbressler@stroudcenter.org; 610-268-2153, ext. 312.

Education program

Education Open House

Sunday, April 23
4–4:30 p.m. Stay for the free lecture (see below)
Stroud Water Research Center Directions

Gather at 4 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!

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

Sponsored by BB&T

Beverage sponsor: Victory Brewing Company

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.

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.

Volunteer Tree Planting

Thursday, April 27
1–4:30 p.m.
Unionville, Pa.
(Exact location and directions will be emailed to you)


Funding for the tree planting provided by Exelon Generation and TreeVitalize

Join us for a tree planting on a farm that contains two first-order, headwater tributaries of Red Clay Creek. Red Clay Creek is a major tributary of Brandywine Creek and then the Christina River. The total restoration area is 3.8 acres and the planting will include 1,140 trees and shelters.

Groups welcome. Car pooling encouraged!

Come dressed for the weather. If you have a shovel, please bring it — gloves are a good idea, too. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Questions? Contact Jess at 610-268-2153, ext. 288, jprovinski@stroudcenter.org

White Clay Creek Fest lineup

White Clay Creek Fest

Saturday, May 6
Noon to 4 p.m.
Carpenter Recreation Area, White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Delaware

Stroud Center’s education department will have an interactive exhibit booth at the festival. Come visit us!

Kids’ Alley at Willowdale Steeplechase

Willowdale Steeplechase

A Day of Horse Racing, Tailgating, and Family Fun!

Sunday, May 14
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Jack Russell terrier races at 11 a.m.; pony races at 12:15 p.m.; first race at 1:30 p.m.
At the Willowdale Steeplechase grounds, Routes 82 and 926, Kennett Square, Pa.
(For GPS coordinates use 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square, Pa.)

General admission tickets are $30 online, $40 at the gate. Children age 12 and under are FREE!
Races run rain or shine.

The Stroud Center is one of the beneficiaries for the 25th anniversary running of the Willowdale Steeplechase. Come visit our bug display in Kids’ Alley and stop by our information table.

Race day includes food and boutique shopping, tailgate competition, antique car display, Jack Russell terrier races, and kids’ activities all day.

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! You may purchase extra reception tickets for $50 each.

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

Presenting Sponsor: Buttonwood Farms

Eagle Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran

Putting Green Sponsor: Colonial Pipeline

Lunch Sponsor: BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Hole Sponsors:
Aquaterra Technologies, Inc.
Beacon Hill Financial/Bob Johnston
Exelon Generation
GreenWeaver Landscapes, LLC
Legal Internet Solutions Incorporated
Jock Hannum, Jr., Esq

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

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

FREE 1-Day Workshop

Saturday, June 3
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Agape Center for Environmental Education, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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. 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 taxonomic classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities, and applying that information to protect local watersheds.

Come learn about the Leaf Pack Experiment to study the health of your local streams! This workshop is intended for middle school and high school teachers, environmental educators, and citizens. Download the flyer for more information.

Register by May 26

Contact Tara Muenz to register! tmuenz@stroudcenter.org 610-268-2153, ext.301

Rally for Fresh Water

June 11

Registration at 1 p.m.; first car to leave the Stroud Center at 2 p.m.
Route time 2+ hours
Finish Line party 5-7 p.m.

Take a bucolic tour through the Chester and Lancaster County countryside, crossing watersheds and farms, while answering fun questions along the way.

Not driving? You can still purchase tickets to join us for the Finish Line party for cocktails and a light supper at the stunning and privately-owned Runnymede Sanctuary.

$150 per team (includes driver and navigator)

$90 per person for finish line party only

Proceeds directly benefit the Stroud Center’s freshwater research, environmental education programs, and watershed restoration efforts.

For questions please contact Jessica Provinski at jprovinski@stroudcenter.org or 610-268-2153, ext. 288.

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!

Apply online

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

Creek Explorers Camp

A West Chester University Golden Rams Adventure Day Camp for Ages 9 – 11

July 17 – 21

It’s time to have fun in the creek with Stroud Water Research Center!

Come be a scientist as we investigate the health of the Upper Brandywine Creek using nets, microscopes, and real scientific equipment. From frogs to dragonflies, trout to trees, this will be a fun week of educational games, exploration and experiments all about the life surrounding fresh water.

Located in the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area, this site offers a unique opportunity for campers to explore creeks and the surrounding forest!

Engage Students in Stream Monitoring

Workshop Details

Students Can Do Citizen Science

This six hour teacher professional development workshop will guide you through activities and considerations to engage your students in citizen science stream and restoration monitoring activities.

Field and classroom activities include:

Registration and Act 48 Credit

Chester County teachers will receive six Act 48 credits through the CCIU. Teachers from other counties and nonformal educators will receive a certificate indicating six hours of professional development from the Stroud Center. Register and pay through the CCIU

Want to Learn More?

Call Tara Muenz, assistant director of education: 610-268-2153, ext. 301.
Email us: educationprograms@stroudcenter.org