Ridley Creek is bracketed by autumn colored leaves at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.DISCLAIMER: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania neither endorses the links nor approves of the links. These links are made available to assist the user in his or her search. The Commonwealth takes no responsibility in the links' operation or content. The links that are shown are not an exclusive listing of organizations available within the commonwealth. If organizations wish to be added to the listing, they need to contact the Watershed Education Coordinator.

State Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources - (DCNR)

Pennsylvania State Parks -

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - The Pennsylvania State Water Plan

DEP Total Maximum Daily Waste Load data for PA - (GIS enabled)

DEP Water Quality -

Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access Clearinghouse (search for data on water bodies in PA) -

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission-Education -

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Education Resources Catalog. The catalog offers free educational materials on aquatic habitats, fish, amphibians and reptiles, conservation, and more. -

PA Trout in the Classroom- This program is managed by the PA Fish & Boat Commission

The PA Fish & Boat Commission’s Aquatic Invasive Species page -

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standard Aligned System (SAS)-Environment & Ecology Standards drilled down to Watersheds & Wetlands -

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standard Aligned System (SAS)-materials and resources for the Environment & Ecology Standards -

Federal Agencies

EPA's Volunteer Stream Monitoring: A Methods Manual-this is an excellent resource -

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-Water Sense Program. WaterSense offers materials for teaching elementary children about the importance of saving water and the simple things they can do to become more water-efficient. -

EPA’s Adopt-a-Watershed -

"Be a part of the World Water Challenge! (formerly called World Water Monitoring Day; now managed by EarthEcho) from March 22 - December each year-

Surf Your Watershed-a helpful mapping tool to find your watershed from the EPA -

WikiWatershed® is a cybercollaboratory for watershed protection, analysis, education and management. It features is a suite of web-based tools designed to assist citizens in managing water resources. When fully developed, it will leverage open source software and will function as an open collaborative resource for the community. PA is a part of WikiWatershed®. -

United States Geological Survey (USGS)-Stream Stats -

New US Topographic Map Symbols -


Basin Commissions and Agencies

Ridley Creek dashes between rocks in the autumn at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania State Parks.

The Delaware River Basin Commission -

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network champions the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and tributary streams that are free-flowing, clean and healthy. -

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission -

Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission -

Ohio River Foundation -

The Great Lakes Commission -

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin -

Interactive map to explore the sub-watersheds of the Potomac River basin -

Explore the Potomac River Basin Water Quality monitoring inventory -

Schuylkill Action Network- zoomable watershed maps -

River Network seeks to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters -

Non-profit Organizations

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds (formerly known as the Western PA Watershed Program) -

Chesapeake Bay Program- Maps; this is a great resource for a variety of maps available for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. -

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation teamed up with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) to highlight, through inspiring photos from across the watershed, the importance of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. This is an excellent 2.20 minute video. -

Helping people protect and manage the water resources of Pennsylvania through land use education. -

Stroud Water Resource Center-dedicated to studying and educating about freshwater (located in PA) -

The Leaf Pack Program-coordinated by Stroud Water Research Center -

Trout in the Classroom -

PA Organization for Waters and Rivers (POWR) -

Pennsylvania Sea Grant -

Material Safety Data Sheets for LaMotte Water Quality Monitoring Kits. Searchable by kit or by individual reagent. If searching by kit do not enter the “01” at end of the model #. For example, enter 5858 for pH. -

A series of portable hands-on models, EnviroScape® helps people of all ages, languages and cultures, better understand the sources and prevention of water pollution through visual, hands-on interaction. -

Creek Connections is a partnership between Allegheny College and regional K-12 schools to turn waterways in Northwest Pennsylvania, Southwest New York, and the Pittsburgh area into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing a hands-on, inquiry based investigation of local waterways; this project annually involves over 40 different secondary schools and the 50 classes.

Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program

American Rivers- Discover Your Rivers

Earth Force- Water Conservation and Quality (featuring the GM GREEN, KIC-NET, and Caring for Our Watershed programs)

The Izaak Walton League of America- Creek Freaks, watershed activity videos

The Izaak Walton League of America- Save Our Streams program

Winter Salt Watch Community Science opportunity from the Izaak Walton League

River of Words- Curriculum, Art & Poetry Contest, Teachers of the Year, and more! (Hosted by Saint Mary’s College of California)

Storm Drain Stenciling Guide

River Network seeks to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters

New database of North American river widths, which is useful for observing the distribution and connections among rivers in North America. Designed for grades 3-5.

Watershed Association Finder from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA)  - Identify watershed associations and the watersheds they serve by typing in an address or clicking on a map.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation -

Resources for Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs)

Bay Backpack is an online resource that provides educators with information about  field studies and curriculum guides and lesson plans related to the Chesapeake Bay -

Online MWEE Guide -

MWEE Online Course - (PA certified teachers can earn six Act 48 hours for completion of this online course)

MWEE Videos -

NOAA Environmental Science Training Center -


Possible Funding Sources

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD)- The PACD administers the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-Grant Program. With this funding, conservation districts are able to implement educational programs to increase local awareness of water quality issues and encourage citizen participation in activities to improve water quality in local watersheds. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to promote water quality and pollution prevention. Grant applications are usually due in March.

Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers

Target Foundation Grants (includes a grant that funds field trip expenses)

PA DEP Environmental Education Grants -


StormwaterPA is your go-to resources for the most current stormwater information, management, projects, and education

Stormwater Management in Philadelphia

Water Conservation/Service Projects

Call to action ideas for student service projects that protect/enhance their watershed -

Kid’s ideas for conserving water at home -


The re-designed search tool provides online access to individual water well reports, spring reports, and data package downloads.

Watershed Education PowerPoints

These resources are meant to be used for educational purposes only. Please give credit to DCNR- Bureau of State Parks.

Watershed Delineation PowerPoint for Laurel Hill State Park (26,582 kb)  Created by Wil Taylor, Center Manager at Jennings Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania State Parks


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