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.
For the 17 biologists, conservation workers and educators from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and the United States who took part in a total immersion Leaf Pack Ambassador workshop, the third week in October was an intense time that held great promise.
“Gracias por esta oportunidad,” wrote Gabrielle Gutierrez, a biology teacher at the Guanacaste Conservation Area in northern Costa Rica very near Stroud Water Research Center’s tropical stream laboratory at the Maritza Biological Station. “Thank you for this opportunity.”
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.
At the end of her visit to Stroud Water Research Center, Nobel Prize nominee Wangari Maathai, was given a Leaf Pack Kit with the hope that she could engage students in Kenyan schools in a new and exciting approach to conservation.