A WATERSHED APPROACH TO EDUCATION
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.
Free or Reduced Cost Stream Ecology Programs
The Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program allows Stroud Center to offer programs at no or reduced cost for Pennsylvania public school children. Find out more »
To Unplug or Plug In
In this age of technology ubiquity, is there a place for digital devices in environmental education? An article co-authored by Stroud Center Director of Education Steve Kerlin, Ph.D., argues that it may be time to abandon the “Turn that thing off and go outside!” mindset. Read the full journal article on the Green Teacher website
Join us for an webinar introduction to WikiWatershed and the Model My Watershed web app, which demonstrates the effects of land use and best management practices on your local streams and watersheds. This is just one of the many great education events happening this fall!
How Sparta Middle School Is Working to Restore Nash Creek
We were so excited when Groundswell Michigan shared this video with us! It shows how two Michigan schools used our Leaf Pack Experiment to assess their local stream’s health. They discovered what was impacting their stream and then developed a plan to restore it with native plantings.
Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, included the Stroud Center in his list of Philadelphia-area nonprofits that have “offered first-class natural science programming for decades.”
There’s just something about going outside. It’s fun. It lowers stress levels. It helps students focus. And it’s a great way to learn about freshwater science. For these reasons and more, we’ve made field-based learning an integral part of our education programs — now enhanced by an engaging outdoor classroom that lets visitors explore White Clay Creek, the research stream that runs behind our offices.
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).
Model My Watershed Featured
A video about teaching environmental sustainability with our Model My Watershed web app is being featured as part of the NSF 2016 STEM For All Video Showcase. Visit the showcase page to watch the video. From May 17-24 you can cast a Public Choice vote for our video and ask questions about MMW.
Scout Programs Now Available
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!
Spring School Field Trip Season Is Here!
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. Learn more about our education programs for school groups, educators, and community and conservation groups.
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.
- Model My Watershed® is a watershed-modeling Web app that lets you analyze real geo-data, model storms, and compare conservation or development scenarios in any watershed in the continental U.S.
- Micro Site Storm Runoff Model allows you to explore how land use and soil determine runoff for the Site Storm Model package of Model My Watershed.
- EnviroDIY™ is an online community of do-it-yourself enthusiasts sharing open-source ideas for environmental science and monitoring.
- Monitor My Watershed® is an interactive map-based Web app that lets you see streaming data from NOAA, USGS, and more. The Web app is currently limited to the Delaware River Basin.
- Leaf Pack Network® is a network of citizens, teachers, and students investigating their local stream ecosystems using the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit.
- Trout Grow on Trees® is a hands-on environmental education program that shows how planting streamside forests can lead to cooler, cleaner streams and healthier wild trout populations.
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
- 464 groups have registered in 38 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and in Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines.
- 671 experiments have been completed
- 97,074 macroinvertebrates have been tallied!
Curious about where LPN groups are studying streams? View the map
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.
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 »