Reaching Educators, Students, and Their Communities

Attention Educators

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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.

What’s New

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.

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 how to bring Trout Grow On Trees program to your school, contact Tara Muenz, Education Programs Manager, at 610-268-2153 ext. 301,

Students identifying macroinvertebrates

Photo: Charlie Graham

Leaf Pack Connects Students with Nature

A partnership between Stroud Water Research Center and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is helping more students and teachers connect with nature and investigate their local stream ecosystems using the Leaf Pack Experiment Stream Ecology Kit.

Developed by the Center, the Leaf Pack Experiment Stream Ecology Kit is a hands-on scientific stream-testing kit that measures the numbers and kinds of insects and other invertebrates in streams to determine overall water quality. It enables schoolchildren to explore nature as they learn about stream ecology and how to monitor their local freshwater sources.

“Students have an innate sense of curiosity about and desire to explore the natural world,” said Kevin Coyle, vice president of education at National Wildlife Federation. “The Leaf Pack Experiment encourages students to go outside and explore the streams in their backyard, learning as they go about the health of their local environment. It’s a terrific educational tool for schools and families.”

The Leaf Pack Experiment involves creating a retrievable pack of dry leaves in a mesh bag, placing the pack in the stream for three to four weeks, examining the pack in the classroom and discovering and counting the different types of aquatic insects that, in turn, help indicate stream health. After conducting their own Leaf Pack Experiment, schools share data through the Leaf Pack Network®. These data shed light on the important connection between streamside forests and the ecology of rivers and streams.

“The Leaf Pack Experiment is an exciting way to promote better stewardship of watersheds by engaging students and the lay public in the issue of how land use affects aquatic systems and water quality,” said Bern Sweeney, director and president of Stroud Water Research Center.

Have You Heard About WikiWatershed?


WikiWatershed™ is a suite of web-based tools to assist citizens in managing water resources.

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.

Learn more at

You can reduce your carbon footprint with wise landscape choices.

Your Livable Landscape: Cultivating an Ecosystem Esthetic

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 »

Tatnall School was among the first to visit our new education facility. Photo: Dave Arscott.

Students and Teachers See Stormwater Management in Action

As they helped plan the new education facilities, the education department kept in mind that sometimes the things most remembered are not what are spoken but what are lived.

Read more in Upstream Newsletter, Reducing Our Footprint and Other Ways We Live Our Mission