Education

A WATERSHED APPROACH TO EDUCATION

Reaching educators, students and their communities

Stroud Water Research 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.

Our educators have developed extensive resources for educating adults and students grades 4 and up about watersheds and their importance. On-site visits to the Stroud 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 »


Award-Winning Web Toolkit Helps Protect Fresh Water

WikiWatershed, an online toolkit featuring a watershed-modeling web app developed by Stroud Water Research Center and partners was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Science Education Feature: Caddisflies

Learn about the ecosystem benefits of net-spinning caddisflies, as well as how they interact with their environment, from Ben Tumolo, a visiting Ph.D. candidate from Montana State University. Caddisflies are abundant in White Clay Creek, the Exceptional Value Stream that runs behind the Stroud Center. Like this video? See more like it on our YouTube playlist. Subscribe to our channel to be notified of new videos!

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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

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.

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Shout-Out For Stroud Center Environmental Science Programming

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.”

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Field-Based Learning at the Stroud Center’s New Outdoor Classroom

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).

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

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.

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Scout Programs Now Available

Stroud Center’s education department is now offering programs for scouting groups. To request a program for your Cub Scout pack or Boy or Girl Scout troop, visit this link.

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!


Brook trout by Todd Stailey
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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


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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 »