Reaching educators, students and their communities

The Center’s education department interprets the research of our scientists. Our programs are multidisciplinary and oriented to a wide audience. We hope that through exposure to our programs and information, people will be motivated to become responsible stewards of freshwater resources.

The Center’s educators have developed extensive resources for educating adults and students grades 4 and up about watersheds and their importance. On-site visits to the Center, off-site programs at schools, educator workshops, and programs for community and conservations groups are just some of the available options.

Questions? Please use the menu on the left to learn more about our programs. For more information or to schedule a program, contact our educators.

Reduced Cost Stream Ecology Programs

The Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows Stroud Center to offer programs at a reduced cost for grades 4 and up in Pennsylvania public schools. Find out more »

Science Education Monthly Feature: Fish Electroshocking to Determine Stream Health

Have you ever wondered what swims by your feet in your local creek? In this month’s episode of Science Education Monthly Feature, Dr. Valerie Ouellet uses electroshocking to identify the creatures swimming in the White Clay Creek (Pennsylvania).

We’ll be adding videos regularly to this YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

Teaching Environmental Sustainability With Model My Watershed

A video about the new Model My Watershed (MMW) web app is being featured as part of the NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase. From May 17-24, 2016, people are encouraged to visit the video on the STEM For All website and join the conversation. Visit the MMW video showcase page and you can post a question about to be answered by one of the project members. You may also cast a Public Choice vote for our video, which will help spread the word about the project.

Teaching Environmental Sustainability - Model My Watershed from on Vimeo.


Brownie girl scouts working on badges

Scout Programs Now Available

We are thrilled to now offer Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs!

On Saturday April 30, Brownie Troop #4070 visited us to complete their Wonders of Water Journey badges. View photos from their visit or read a recap of their visit in Chadds Ford Live.

We are planning to also host our first Boy Scout stream education program on Saturday, June 4.

For more information about our scout programs, email

Science Education Monthly Feature: Snake Eating Fish

Stroud Center scientists are often outside working in and around streams, and sometimes just happen to catch a view of the coolest things! Check out this video with images of a water snake having its meal along the water’s edge. We’ll identify the species very soon, so stay tuned!

We’ll be adding videos regularly to this YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

Elementary school students collecting macroinvertebrates

Spring School Field Trip Season Is Here!

This spring we are expecting nearly 1,500 participants in our hands-on, boots-in-the-water programs — an 86 percent increase from last spring!

We are now accepting school program reservations for next school year.

In addition to school groups, we offer multidisciplinary programs oriented to a wide audience. We hope that through exposure to our programs and information, people will be motivated to become responsible stewards of freshwater resources.

Learn more about our education programs for school groups, educators, and community and conservation groups.

Brook trout by Todd Stailey
Visit WikiWatershed

Expanded WikiWatershed® Toolkit Debuts

WikiWatershed is a Web toolkit presented by Stroud Water Research Center to help citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.

The WikiWatershed toolkit currently includes six tools.

Map of Leaf Pack Network groups distribution.
Visit Leaf Pack Network

Did You Know the Leaf Pack Network is 15 Years Old?

The Leaf Pack Network (LPN) is a network of citizens, teachers, and students investigating their local stream ecosystems. Since Stroud Water Research Center’s education department launched the LPN in December 2000

Curious about where LPN groups are studying streams? View the map

Visit Trout Grow on Trees

Science Education Monthly Feature: Feeding Baby Brook Trout

Brook trout once inhabited every cold water stream in the mid-Atlantic and northeast region of the US, but populations have dramatically declined during the past 200 years. Wild trout need cold, clean fresh water, which you would find in a shaded stream, a stream that has many trees growing right by it. They also need a food source, aquatic insects (aquatic macroinvertebrates).

These baby brook trout are about 4 months old and will be released into an approved stream in the upcoming spring as part of the Trout in the Classroom and Trout Grow on Trees programs. They love to eat, and we hope to soon feed them real insects!

To learn more about Trout Grow on Trees™ or to schedule a program at your school, visit the Trout Grow on Trees website.

Visit Livable Landscapes

Your Livable Landscape: Cultivating an Ecosystem Esthetic

Did you know you can reduce your carbon footprint by making smart landscaping choices?

Scientists and educators at Stroud Water Research Center and Longwood Gardens and colleagues including landscape professionals, a civil engineer, and an architect want you to know why your landscape choices are so important and how you can make a difference for the planet in your own garden.

The Livable Landscape web pages will take you through the changing notions of the ideal landscape and explain the science behind an Ecosystem Esthetic. Lastly, you’ll visit a photo gallery with beautiful examples of livable landscapes. Get started »