UpStream Newsletter, May 2017

Stroud Water Research Center: Celebrating 50 Years

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Bern Sweeney and Dave Arscott

Arscott Takes Reins as Executive Director

After decades of exceptional leadership, Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., is ready to focus on his primary passion at the Stroud Center, research, and continue to help with outreach and fundraising activities. Read more

Volunteers Plant 1,140 Trees Along Red Clay Creek

The Stroud Center celebrated National Volunteer Week with help from Exelon Generation, BB&T, Cheshire Hunt Conservancy, Colonial Pipeline, Dansko, Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, and local community members. Read more

Steve Kerlin helps carry voyageur canoe

Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests

This spring, more than 130 students helped Stroud Center educators and watershed restoration staff monitor streamside forests in the Middle-Schuylkill and Brandywine-Christina watersheds. The in-field, service-learning opportunities were designed to involve students in research to collect useful data on riparian-zone tree plantings. Read more

Jen Totora teaching rowing

Meet Jennifer Totora, Stroud’s New Education Specialist

Totora brings more than 15 years of combined environmental education and field work experience. A self-proclaimed “STEMinist,” she has a passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with kids of all ages and a specific interest in inspiring underserved girls to become the next leaders in science and engineering. Read more

Sovana Bistro

“Dine and Donate” a Success!

Sovana Bistro’s “Dine and Donate” night to benefit the Stroud Center was a huge success! On Sunday, April 23, diners raised $1,012 to benefit our freshwater research, environmental education, and watershed restoration efforts. A big thank you to all of our hungry and thirsty friends and to the generosity of Sovana Bistro. Learn how you can support the Stroud Center while having fun as we continue our 50th anniversary celebration!

Upcoming Events

  • June 3: Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network®
  • June 11: Road Rally for Fresh Water
  • July 17-21: Creek Explorers Camp
  • August 8: Engage Students in Stream Monitoring
  • October 16: Fore Fresh Water Golf Outing at Fieldstone Golf Club (postponed from May 22)
  • October 21: The Water’s Edge at Longwood Gardens

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Register Now for Fall Education Programs!

Our stream programs for schools and scouts are available year-round. Our summer schedule is nearly full — begin the registration process now to reserve your fall program dates! Pennsylvania public schools may qualify for reduced programming fees.

Clean by Design

Earlier this month, 38 Master of Landscape Architecture students from the University of Pennsylvania visited Stroud Water Research Center to learn about protecting clean fresh water through land use and best management practices. Distinguished Research Scientist and President Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., led the program. Read more

Mayfly screen shot from Water Quality app

Water Quality Mobile App

The Stroud Center’s Water Quality mobile app is a water-monitoring data-collection and learning tool designed for use by educators and their students, citizen scientists, and researchers. The app helps users log and share data they collect in the field, interpret the data through learning pop-ups, and export it to create databases. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

Water SCIENCE Wins Award in Video Showcase

The Water SCIENCE curriculum has middle school students complete hands-on science and engineering activities, receive guidance and instruction from undergraduate and graduate student mentors, interact online with STEM professionals, and learn about careers in environmental conservation and engineering while investigating their community's local water resources. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, Water SCIENCE is implemented by Concord Consortium and Millersville University in partnership with the Stroud Center and includes our Model My Watershed web app. Learn more on the STEM For All Showcase page.

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 Pennsylvania Exceptional Value stream that runs behind the Stroud Center. You can watch lots of great videos about our freshwater research, education, and restoration work on our YouTube channel.

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