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.
In two packed workshops, Dr. Bern Sweeney and Christina Medved introduced the new Spanish-language version of Leaf Pack during a weeklong program in the Amazonian headwaters of Peru — the latest development in ongoing efforts to expand the program across Latin America and ultimately around the world.
Stroud Water Research Center Educators Christina Medved and Jamie Blaine traveled to Baru, Costa Rica to present a Leaf Pack workshop for local communities to learn about ways to monitor and protect their natural resources.
In September 2009, Yosemite Institute began using leaf packs to study macroinvertebrates in four streams in Yosemite Valley. Students have been studying water chemistry in these streams for several years but institute staff felt that biomonitoring would provide a more accurate measurement of the health of these ecosystems.
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.