Watershed Education (WE)
Watershed Education is an educational program for students and teachers in grades 6-12. It promotes classroom and field research, hands-on ecological investigations, networking, partnerships, stewardship and community service in an effort to produce environmentally literate citizens.
Pennsylvania streams tell a story; a story of wildlife that live along muddy banks or hide in quiet pools; a story of people who make their homes in its basin, quench thirst from its waters, harness its power, irrigate crops or enjoy it for recreation.
Pennsylvania boasts more miles of streams than almost any other state. Chances are you live near one of these streams that also serves as your local water source. These streams provide a wonderful educational resource for students and teachers while building a sense of stewardship and creating positive partnerships for schools and communities.
Watershed Education, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, fulfills the mission of the Bureau and helps students and teachers focus on their local watersheds. Watershed Education is a hands-on, educational, interdisciplinary model for students and teachers which includes a framework for investigating the chemistry and life of the stream and provides opportunities for stewardship and networking. Professionals from the Bureau of State Parks provide training, and support a host of publications to educate students and teachers. Continue to explore this web site for more information.
Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks Mission
The primary purpose of the PA Bureau of State Parks is to provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and to serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education. In meeting these purposes, the conservation of the natural, scenic, aesthetic and historical values of the parks should be given first consideration. Stewardship responsibilities should be carried out in a way that protects the natural outdoor experience for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Links to other water quality monitoring sites
This Web site made in cooperation with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education