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Slimy Leaves for Healthy Streams: A Training in the Leaf Pack Network

October 5, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


When: Saturday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Stroud Water Research Center (map below)
Audience: Middle and high school teachers, environmental educators, and anyone interested in citizen science
Cost: $5. Registration is required, see instructions below. Bring your own lunch.

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!

Participants will receive an overview of stream ecology and watershed concepts based on research done at Stroud™ Water Research Center. Taking our boots to the stream, we’ll experience hands-on examination of leaf packs with live aquatic macroinvertebrates, including their identification, and take a look at the Leaf Pack Network® website.

Leaf Pack Experiment Stream Ecology Kits can be found at https://leafpacknetwork.org/resources

At the workshop you will receive:

  • Leaf Pack kit give-a ways!
  • Tour of the Stroud Center’s research labs and LEED-Platinum certified building
  • Hands-on experience deploying and retrieving leaf packs from the stream
  • Training in macroinvertebrate ID
  • FUN teaching techniques to bring to your classes!
  • Certificate of participation (volunteer hours or towards teacher professional development credits)

Registration Process

  1. Fill out and submit the registration form.
  2. Pay the $5 registration fee on the Stroud Water Research Center website.

Questions? Contact Tara Muenz at tmuenz@stroudcenter.org.


October 5, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
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Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, PA 19311 United States
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Tara Muenz
610-268-2153, ext. 301