The Leaf Pack Network® (LPN) is a network of citizens, teachers, and students investigating their local stream ecosystems. Using the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit, participants:
- Create an artificial leaf pack and place it in a stream for three to four weeks.
- Collect and examine the packs in the classroom.
- Discover aquatic insects that indicate stream health, showing the connection between trees and streams.
- Share data through the network.
Interested in connecting your classroom to the outdoors? Here’s how to get started!
Jump Into These Links!
Anyone interested in learning about riparian communities can use the resources available on the Leaf Pack Network®. Navigate the LPN website using the menu on the left, or start with these pages:
Visit our learning center to learn about watersheds, the link between trees and streams, macroinvertebrates, or data analysis.
Explore interesting resources from Stroud Water Research Center and other organizations that provide information about rivers and streams.
For a detailed look at the Leaf Pack Network, view our eight minute video.
Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network
8, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stroud Water Research Center
How can clumps of slimy leaves in a stream spark stream exploration? The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for non-scientists which demonstrates how our actions on land impact life in streams and water quality. Leaf Pack promotes inquiry-based interdisciplinary watershed education and engages diverse audiences in conducting their own experiments, gathering relevant ecological data, exploring food webs, learning classification skills, using technology to share data, comparing data with those of other communities and applying that information to protect local watersheds.
Join us at our workshop, we’ll show you how! During this workshop participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at the Stroud Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll then experience hands-on examination of leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates, including their identification and a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website and database.
Come learn about the Leaf Pack Experiment to examine the health of YOUR local streams! This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers and environmental educators. The workshop is FREE. Participation is limited to 20 people.
WORKSHOP IS FULL! Contact Tara Muenz if you would like to be put on the waiting list, email@example.com, 610-268-2153, ext. 301.
At the workshop you will receive:
- Your very own Leaf Pack Kit (value of $250!)
- Act 48 credits and small stipend
- Tour of Stroud’s laboratories and LEED-certified building
- Hands-on deploying/retrieving leaf packs from the stream
- Training in macroinvertebrate identification
- FUN teaching techniques to bring to your classes!
Sponsored by: Stroud Water Research Center, 3M, and Tyler Arboretum