The Penn State Extension Master Watershed steward program is offering fall Master Watershed Steward trainings in Berks/Schuylkill, Cameron/Elk/McKean/Potter, Erie/Crawford/Warren, and Philadelphia counties.
The program provides extensive coursework in water and natural resources with ongoing volunteer and educational opportunities that allow participants to make a difference in their communities. We are seeking individuals who enjoy learning, have the desire and time to volunteer and appreciate working with others.
This fall’s training will be a combination of virtual, online sessions on Thursday evenings and in-person field trips and will run between late August and early November. Residents can check the website for their county of residence for the specific schedule of virtual and in-person sessions. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place for all in-person activities.
In exchange for approximately 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to contribute 50 hours of volunteer service their first year, followed by 20 hours per year thereafter. Volunteer activities available to Master Watershed Stewards include organizing educational events, designing demonstration rain gardens, organizing stream cleanups, planting riparian forest buffers, working with municipal officials to plant native meadows, monitoring streams for bacteria, and more.
To learn more about the program, visit the webpages of each county: