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!
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.
Free Webinars: Introduction to the Leaf Pack Network
Wednesday, September 7
Two sessions: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST
Each session will be 30 minutes of instruction followed by time for Q & A
It’s time to dust off that Leaf Pack Network kit and get ready for the upcoming monitoring season!
Whether you’re a seasoned Leaf Packer or new to LPN, this FREE webinar is for you.
Join Tara Muenz, Leaf Pack Administrator, for a LIVE 30-minute walkthrough of the LPN, where she will cover all the basics of how to get started and answer those questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
Use the registration link to submit your contact information and Tara will send you an email with the video conference information closer to the date!
Got questions? Email Tara at email@example.com
Slimy Leaves For Healthy Streams
A Training in the Leaf Pack Network for middle and high school teachers and environmental educators
Saturday, September 17
9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
at Stroud Water Research Center
How can clumps of slimy leaves spark stream exploration? The Leaf Pack Experiment is a fun, hands-on research and outreach tool for citizens of all ages and teachers, demonstrating 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.
At the workshop you will receive:
- Leaf Pack kit giveaways!
- Tour of the Stroud Center’s Research Labs and LEED-Platinum certified building
- Hands-on deploying/retrieving leaf packs from the stream
- Training in macroinvertebrate ID
- FUN teaching techniques to bring to your classes!
Download the flyer for all of the details!
Questions? Contact Tara Muenz, 610-268-2153, ext. 301, firstname.lastname@example.org