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.
Charlie Graham teaches all subjects, including science, at Forest Grove Community School. He takes his job seriously and gets genuine enjoyment from watching his students connect the dots and understand their relationship to the environment. So, it’s no wonder that he is a fan of the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit.
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.
In October, Stroud Water Research Center hosted 17 people from Central and South America for an intense 5-day workshop. Participants — who included educators, conservation professionals, and government agency representatives — took the Spanish version of the Leaf Pack Network manual back to their countries.
“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.”
To educate New York City residents about their drinking water supply, twelve high school students traveled 200-miles in July, from the Catskill Mountains to NYC. It took them three weeks to hike, tube, and row from the source of the water supply to the city itself – from Mountaintop to Tap.
“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.”