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.”

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    “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

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Motion Videos

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Motion Videos

Explore our video library of aquatic macroinvertebrates wriggling, swimming, and crawling through stream water! ...
ROCK ON With Rock Pack Experiment Videos

ROCK ON With Rock Pack Experiment Videos

Designed for 7th-12th grade learners and adult audiences, this video series provides an in-depth look into caddisfly ecology, ecosystem engineering, fluvial geomorphology, and more. ...
2020 Leaf Pack Network Updates and New Kit Reveal!

2020 Leaf Pack Network Updates and New Kit Reveal!

Join Leaf Pack Network Administrator and freshwater ecologist, Tara Muenz, for a tour of the new Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kit features PLUS an introduction on how YOU can get started with the Leaf Pack Network! ...
Check Out Our New YouTube Channel

Check Out Our New YouTube Channel

Check back regularly for new additions, or better yet, subscribe to the channel to be notified of new videos! ...