The Leaf Pack Network is an initiative of Stroud™ Water Research Center. The Stroud Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

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. Following instructions in the Leaf Pack Network Manual, monitors use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine the health of their stream and understand its ecology.

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    “Using the aquatic organisms, children can monitor the water quality in their local streams and compare their results with those of others.”

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    “I love that the Leaf Pack Network provides an authentic learning experience and exposes my students directly to the scientific process.”

  • Welcome to the Leaf Pack Network

    “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.”

  • Welcome to the Leaf Pack Network

    “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.”

Get Involved!

Individuals participating in the Leaf Pack Network engage in the full process of conducting real research while communicating and sharing their results worldwide. The Leaf Pack Network can be easily implemented in any curriculum and fulfills many state and national science standards.

Discover the value of macroinvertebrates as living indicators of water quality with the Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kit..

Step 1

Gather materials to conduct the study.

Step 2

Choose a stream that is safely accessible.

The Leaf Pack Network manual has all the information you need to complete a project.

Step 3

Follow instructions in the Leaf Pack or Rock Pack Manual.

Step 4

Share your data on Monitor My Watershed!

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Leaf Pack Network News

Leaf Pack Network News, Spring 2007

Leaf Pack Network News, Spring 2007

“Preserving our environment is one of the most important issues my generation has to deal with. The “Mountaintop to Tap” trek will help many people realize the importance of preserving our watershed so that we don’t lose that which is so vital to life: freshwater.” ...
Leaf Pack Network News, Fall 2006

Leaf Pack Network News, Fall 2006

Six Leaf Pack workshops were conducted within the mid-Atlantic region and Leaf Pack went to conferences in St. Paul, Minnesota, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Baltimore, Maryland. 13 scientists and two educators went to Peru, to conduct research in the headwaters of the Amazon River ...
Photo of Mahopac High School student and teacher conducting a Leaf Pack Experiment

Expanding the New York City Watershed Leaf Pack Network

Riverkeeper, Stroud Water Research Center, and Hudson Basin River Watch partnered to implement a program to harness kids’ fascination with bugs in order to measure water quality in the New York City Drinking Water Supply Watershed ...
Leaf Pack Network News, Fall 2005

Leaf Pack Network News, Fall 2005

We have heard from many of you over the years that have lost leaf packs during high stream flow events. Here are some tips showing how Stroud Water Research Center Director Dr. Bern Sweeney ties leaf packs in the often “flashy” Brandywine Creek in Delaware ...