Master Watershed Steward Classes Coming Online

CREAMERY PA – An online information session scheduled for Jan. 13 (2021; Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. will introduce the public to this year’s Penn State Extension 40-hour master watershed steward program, being offered in Montgomery County from March through June.

Master watershed stewards are specially trained volunteers who work with their communities to improve the health of its streams, rivers, and other natural resources, the extension service explains. Their efforts can include organizing educational events, designing demonstration rain gardens, planning stream clean-ups, planting riparian forest buffers, working with municipal officials to plant native meadows, and monitoring streams for bacteria.

Ideal candidates, the extension service said, are “individuals who enjoy learning, have the desire and time to volunteer, and appreciate working with others.”

The program provides extensive coursework in water and natural resources, with volunteer and educational opportunities. In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to contribute 50 hours of volunteer service during their first year, followed by 20 hours per year thereafter.

Applications, provided here, are being accepted now for the spring session from March 3 through June 2, with classes held virtually on the Zoom conferencing platform Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Optional in-person field experiences will be scheduled locally, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. More information about the program is available during an online open house; register for it here.

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