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.
Clearpool Education Center staff brought colonized leaf packs to Brooklyn’s Academy for Urban Planning after the students had created and placed them in the streams on the CEC campus. The experience was a huge hit with both the teachers and the students at the school.
Once you have gotten to know your watershed, learned about your river’s uses, values and threats, and examined its physical habitat, benthic macroinvertebrate community, and water quality, there are many activities you can do to protect and improve your river’s health.
Did you know that September through November is the best time to do a leaf pack experiment? Your students could investigate local issues that affect your community, gather relevant ecological data, and learn how to apply that information to solve local problems.