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.

Goals and Objectives

 Goals for involvement in the Leaf Pack Network®

  • To raise awareness of the importance of streamside forests to the ecology of rivers and streams and to promote their stewardship
  • To develop a diverse and dynamic network of groups that share information about their streams, using the Internet
  • To use the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit and other teaching resources to improve science education and teacher professional development

Objectives for involvement in the Leaf Pack Network®

At the conclusion of the project, students will have:

  • Conducted a research-oriented investigation of their local streams
  • Engaged in inquiry-based, hands-on data gathering and monitoring
  • Observed and described freshwater aquatic food webs
  • Identified local tree species
  • Identified local macroinvertebrate species
  • Measured physical characteristics of a stream
  • Identified their local watershed using a map
  • Drawn conclusions about the relationship between habitat, land-use and macroinvertebrate diversity and density
  • Analyzed macroinvertebrate data by using indices to assess water quality
  • Formulated research questions related to leaf packs
  • Identified a way to improve local stream water quality