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Celebrate 50 years of freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration in 2017 with us!

For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

How can clumps of slimy leaves spark stream exploration? Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how!

Saturday, March 25
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale PA 19311 Directions

Audience: Middle school and high school teachers, environmental educators, and citizens

Registration fee: $10

The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for teachers and citizens of all ages, demonstrating how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality.

During this workshop, participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then examine leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates and identify what we find.

For more information or to register, visit the Leaf Pack Network® website.

Using digital devices in environmental education

Webinar: To Unplug or Plug In

Hosted by Green Teacher

Monday, March 27
7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Justin Hougham and Steve Kerlin

Free general registration.
Registration with continuing education certificate: $5

Register now

While the right mobile digital technologies can do much to enhance environmental education, it is important to take time to review and select both the technology and the apps that will work best for your educational situation. Our two presenters will walk you through the steps and help you avoid common pitfalls.

Education program

Education Open House

Thursday, March 30
6–6:30 p.m. Stay for the free lecture (see below)
Stroud Water Research Center Directions

Gather at 6 p.m. in our Moorhead Environmental Complex to meet our educators, see sample activities in our state-of-the-art indoor classroom, learn about our boots-in-the water approach to environmental education, programs for K-12 schools and youth groups, training events for educators and other professionals, community events, and watershed resources.

Teachers, students, scout leaders, parents, water professionals, and the general public are welcome!

Science Seminar Series

A Win for the Farmer and a Win for Fresh Water: Cover Cropping

Thursday, March 30
Doors open at 6 p.m. for light refreshments
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center Directions

Cover crops are helping farmers to produce more yield, protect our waterways, and take better care of their soil. Learn about the cover cropping approach from the “Coach” himself, Steve Groff.

I will always be a farmer first. My decades of experience with cover crops fuels my passion for sharing what I’ve learned.”

Then hear from Stroud Center scientists about the research they are doing in conjunction with local farmer, Jamie Hicks, and his experiences thus far with cover cropping.

Calling all farmers, large landowners, and CSA, conservation, and agricultural groups — you don’t want to miss this!

For more information, call 610-268-2153,  ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

Sponsored by:

PECO logo Exelon logo

Early Childhood Education Teacher Workshop: From Stream to Sky

Bring nature into your classroom!

Wednesday, April 5 (Wednesday workshop is full!)
Thursday, April 6
4:30–7:30 p.m.

Location: Watershed Education Training Institute (WETi)
198 Creek Drive, Millersville, PA 17551 Directions

This workshop will focus on lessons and activities for early childhood environmental education from Stroud Water Research Center and Pennsylvania State Parks, including activities from the Growing Up WILD curriculum.

Activities will be hand-on and outside, so please dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Dinner will be provided.

Register online! There is a two-step registration process:

  1. Click the Register button, fill out your information, and submit the form.
  2. Return to this page and use the payment button to submit the $25 fee.

If you have any problems with the registration process, please email the webmaster.

Engage Students in Stream Monitoring

Workshop Details

Students Can Do Citizen Science

This six hour teacher professional development workshop will guide you through activities and considerations to engage your students in citizen science stream and restoration monitoring activities.

Field and classroom activities include:

Registration and Act 48 Credit

Chester County teachers will receive six Act 48 credits through the CCIU. Teachers from other counties and nonformal educators will receive a certificate indicating six hours of professional development from the Stroud Center. Register and pay through the CCIU

Want to Learn More?

Call Tara Muenz, assistant director of education: 610-268-2153, ext. 301.
Email us: educationprograms@stroudcenter.org

Watershed 101: A Workshop on Stream Ecology and Monitoring

Join Us in April or May

April 20, 21, and 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
East Stroudsburg University’s Innovation Center (Room 333), 562 Independence Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Directions

May 18, 19, and 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center, 970 Spencer Rd., Avondale, PA 19311 Directions


Individuals and organizations working in the Delaware River Basin are invited to Stroud Water Research Center’s three-day “Watershed 101” workshop, which is being conducted in support of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and the William Penn Foundation’s (WPF) goals to assist watershed organizations in developing technical background and monitoring capacity.

“Watershed 101” focuses on stream and river structure and function in the context of study design, monitoring, and watershed management (day 1: chemistry and fluvial geomorphology; day 2: biology; day 3: study design and monitoring). Real-world examples will be used to emphasize key physical, chemical, and biological relationships. Activity/discussion sessions will be used to explore project-specific study design and monitoring questions and goals. The workshop will also introduce and discuss resources such as Model My Watershed®, a modeling tool that supports detailed landscape analyses and modeling of hydrology, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads (among other capabilities). The workshop will also cover the use of EnviroDIY™ sensor stations, which support real-time collection of water-quality data using open-source electronics at a lower cost than traditional approaches.

Volunteers, scientists, managers, and institutional leaders are all welcome to attend — the workshop is intended to be accessible and applicable on all of these levels.


Expense Reimbursement

The Stroud Center has limited funds available to support attendee travel and lodging expenses; an information sheet will be provided at the workshop describing the process for reimbursement.

Register Today

Contact David Bressler at the Stroud Center: dbressler@stroudcenter.org; 610-268-2153, ext. 312.

Flint water tower

Joan and Dick Stroud Memorial Lecture Presents: Flint Water Crisis — Where Are We Now?

With Christina Devine, Virginia Tech Flint Water Study Team

Sunday, April 23
Doors open at 4 p.m., lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center

In 2014, Flint, Michigan switched their water source to the Flint River but did not provide corrosion control treatment. Residents started to notice health issues, discolored water, and strange smells coming from their faucets.

Three years later, there are still many unanswered questions and people who cannot access potable water from their tap.

Learn about the efforts of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team, the high lead levels that remain in Flint’s water, and what’s next!

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. For more information, call 610-268-2153, ext. 288 or email jprovinski@stroudcenter.org.

Sovana Bistro logo

Also on Sunday, April 23!

Dine Out for Fresh Water

At Sovana Bistro, 696 Unionville Road, Kennett Square 19348

Dine & Donate! Bring your friends and family to Sovana Bistro on Sunday, April 23.

Dine any time between 4:30-9:00 p.m., let your server or bartender know you are there for Stroud Water Research Center and Sovana Bistro will donate 20% of ALL pre-tax sales to freshwater research, education, and watershed restoration.

Photo of course at Fieldstone Golf Club

Photo courtesy of Fieldstone Golf Club

Fore Fresh Water Golf Outing

Monday, May 22
Fieldstone Golf Club, Greenville, Delaware

Spend a day on the greens Fore Fresh Water as we tee off for our second annual golf outing.

Enjoy this scenic Par 71, 7,000+ yard course featuring dramatic elevation changes, bent fairways, numerous sets of tees per hole, and old-world bunkering.

This event WILL sell out so purchase your foursome ($1,200) or individual golfer package ($350) now!

Packages include lunch, greens fees, cart, course refreshments, entry into contests, and a reception.

Presenting Sponsor: Buttonwood Farms

Eagle Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moran

Hole Sponsors:
Aquaterra Technologies, Inc.
Beacon Hill Financial/Bob Johnston
Exelon Generation
Legal Internet Solutions Incorporated
Jock Hannum, Jr., Esq

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Jessica Provinski at jprovinski@stroudcenter.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Rally for Fresh Water

June 11

First car to leave the Stroud Water Research Center at 1:30 p.m.
Finish line party begins at 5 p.m.

Calling all car enthusiasts and those looking for a great Sunday afternoon drive through the bucolic watersheds of Chester and Lancaster county! Modern or antique — all are welcome on this drive through our countryside.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore back roads, covered bridges, and see too many farms to count before enjoying a cocktail reception at a beautiful private property in the Doe Run valley!

$200 per team (includes driver and navigator)

$90 per person for finish line party only

For questions please contact Jessica Provinski at jprovinski@stroudcenter.org or 610-268-2153, ext. 288.

Schuylkill Acts and Impacts youth

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

An Expedition to Inspire Watershed Action

June 17–24

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a weeklong watershed expedition that is offered to a team of 12 high school students from the five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia) in the Schuylkill River watershed. Students will spend the week learning about different water quality impacts in the watershed, do hands-on testing, learn from and interact with environmental professionals throughout the watershed, and will camp, kayak, and have tons of fun!

Schuylkill Headwaters Association (SHA), Fairmount Water Works, and Stroud Water Research Center have partnered to make this year’s program a success!

To see pictures from previous expeditions, please visit SHA’s Facebook page.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 from Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Students are selected through a competitive application review and phone interview process. Applicants must be enrolled in high school at the time they submit their application, however graduating seniors will be considered.

Download the application (Application deadline: March 24)

Creek Explorers Camp

A West Chester University Golden Rams Adventure Day Camp for Ages 9 – 11

July 17 – 21

It’s time to have fun in the creek with Stroud Water Research Center!

Come be a scientist as we investigate the health of the Upper Brandywine Creek using nets, microscopes, and real scientific equipment. From frogs to dragonflies, trout to trees, this will be a fun week of educational games, exploration and experiments all about the life surrounding fresh water.

Located in the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area, this site offers a unique opportunity for campers to explore creeks and the surrounding forest!