Become empowered and energized learning about your local watershed!
The Leaf Pack Network® is an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors investigating their local stream ecosystems. Through the Leaf Pack Experiment, monitors use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine the health of their stream and to understand its ecology.
“Using the aquatic organisms, children can monitor the water quality in their local streams and compare their results with those of others.”
“I love that the Leaf Pack Experiment provides an authentic learning experience and exposes my students directly to the scientific process.”
“Kids really love it when we take the leaf packs in and all of a sudden the bugs start moving. They really get into it. They get excited about science.”
“It’s amazing to watch students work with the leaf packs. They had no idea that those creatures lived there and could indicate their stream’s health.”
Individuals participating in the Leaf Pack Experiment and Leaf Pack Network engage in the full process of designing an experiment, conducting research, and communicating their results. Leaf Pack can be easily implemented in any curriculum and fulfills many state and national science standards.
To get started on a Leaf Pack Experiment you will need:
- Materials to conduct the project; see our Equipment page for a list
- A stream that is safely accessible by students
- Leaf Pack Network manual (free download)
Have questions? Check the FAQ for answers!
For specific information on how to become involved or for the location of a workshop in your area, please contact the LPN Administrator.