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 Stream Ecology Programs

The Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows Stroud Center to offer programs at no cost for grades 4 and up in Pennsylvania public schools. Find out more »

What’s New

Microbial Masters

Your instructors for the workshop (left to right): Tara Muenz, Stroud Education Manager; Jen Mosher, Ph.D. (Marshall University) and Jinjun Kan, Ph.D. (Stroud Center)

The workshop is FREE to middle and high school teachers and environmental educators.

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Participation is limited to 20 people. REGISTER by October 13th!

Contact Tara Muenz for more information or to register! 610-268-2153, ext.301

Microbial Masters workshop

FREE 1-day workshop for middle and high school teachers and environmental educators

Saturday, October 17, 9:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
at Stroud Water Research Center

Discover the invisible & beneficial world of stream microorganisms!

Microbes are the most abundant form of life on the planet, teeming with benefits, especially to streams. So join us at this workshop and we’ll show you why!

During this event participants will receive an overview of majorly cool stream microbial concepts along with side-by-side field time with our expert scientists, seeing how we study this amazing and invisible world. You’ll also tour our labs, learn how to make watershed tea and be trained in a simple and easy stream bacterial monitoring method that you can take back to your classrooms.

At the workshop you will receive:

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Sponsored by: Stroud Water Research Center and National Science Foundation

Brook trout by Todd Stailey

Brook trout. Photo: Todd Stailey, Tennessee Aquarium

Visit Trout Grow on Trees

Did You Know Trout Grow on Trees?

Stroud Water Research Center presents a new school program called Trout Grow on Trees™ to connect the benefits of streamside trees to fish and other stream life.

The Trout Grow on Trees™ program was created by Stroud Water Research Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Bernard Sweeney in 2013. First launched at a trout release day at Pocopson Elementary in Chester County, Pennsylvania, the program has received much interest and enthusiasm from teachers and students.

Complimenting Trout in the Classroom and tree planting activities, or simply on its own, this hands-on program will engage students in understanding why “fish eat the insects, on the leaves, that come from trees!”

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

Visit WikiWatershed

Have You Heard About WikiWatershed?

WikiWatershed™ is a suite of web-based tools to assist citizens in managing water resources: Model My Watershed®, Monitor My Watershed® and Manage My Watershed®.

When fully developed, it will leverage open source software and will function as an open collaborative resource for the community, enabling users to share geographically-tagged data, photos, videos, comments, educational curricula, simulation models and other tools on streams and rivers.

Model My Watershed® is an innovative and intuitive web-based hydrologic model that uses real GIS data to show how land use impacts local hydrology.

The model allows users to change conditions to see how best-management practices decrease runoff.

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Visit Livable Landscapes

Your Livable Landscape: Cultivating an Ecosystem Esthetic

Are you a landowner? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? You can make a difference with your landscape 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 »