Master Watershed Stewards Program Expanding to the Greater Philadelphia Region


AMC is teaming up with partners at Pennsylvania State University and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley again to offer the Master Watershed Stewards Program for a second year. The program, which was modeled after the tremendously successful Master Gardeners Program, is an intensive 18-week training for volunteers who want to be more effective stewards of their local watersheds.

Students sampling macro-invertebrates
Last year, 18 students completed the coursework, learning from experts on topics ranging from the hydraulic cycle to flood management and green infrastructure. Those students are now partnering with local watershed associations to work on stewardship needs in the community. In total, they will contribute 900 hours of community service in the Lehigh Valley in the first year of the program. 

This year we are expanding the program to the Greater Philadelphia region via a partnership with the Montgomery County Penn State Extension Office. We've already begun working with partners here and in Montgomery County, and are excited to start advertising the program again. Our long-term goal is to make the program available statewide.

If you are interested in learning about how you can become a part of the 2014 programs in Lehigh Valley and Montgomery County, contact Erin Frederick at elf145@psu.edu.


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