Monday, November 22, 2021

Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program Now Accepting Applications For 2022 Training

By Erin Frederick,
Statewide Master Watershed Steward Coordinator

Fourteen training classes for new Master Watershed Steward volunteers will soon begin across the state.

The Penn State Extension Watershed Steward Program is offering fourteen training classes across the state in spring 2022. 

Training will be offered in Allegheny, Armstrong/Indiana/Westmoreland, Berks/Schuylkill, Cameron/Elk/McKean/Potter, Chester/Delaware, Cumberland/Franklin/Adams, Dauphin/Lebanon/Lancaster, Erie/Crawford/Warren, Lackawanna/Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, and York.

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 spring’s training will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting March 10th and running through June 9th.  In-person, outdoor field experiences will be scheduled locally with COVID-19 safety measures in place.

In exchange for 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, you can tune in to a county information session. Dates, times, and registration information can be found on the Master Watershed Steward website.

(Photo: Erie County Master Watershed Steward trainees pointing out wetland plants.)

(Reprinted from the Penn State Extension Watershed Winds newsletterClick Here to sign up for your own copy.)

Upcoming Extension Events:

-- November 24: Webinar Linking Surface And Ground Water In Cities

-- December 14: Webinar On Tips For A Healthier Pond Or Lake In 2022

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[Posted: November 22, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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