The Penn State Extension – Berks County is launching a Master Watershed Steward volunteer program. The program is a citizen science training program that empowers everyday people to take action to address local watershed issues. The Master Watershed Steward program provides training for ordinary citizens without formal natural resource education backgrounds, with the goal of strengthening local capacity for the management and protection of streams, rivers and watersheds throughout Berks County. Examples of watershed projects and programs include designing and installing demonstration rain gardens or streamside plantings and organizing educational workshops that address such topics as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management.
The new training program will begin on March 16, 2017 and continue on subsequent Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 through mid-June. The course also includes three hands-on Saturday field trips. Classes will be held at partnering environmental organizations throughout Berks County.
For more information about the Master Watershed Steward program regarding program details, costs and volunteer commitment or to request an application for the 2017 training program, contact Karin Wulkowicz by telephone at 610-378-1327, ext. 221 or by email at [email protected]. Applications are due in the Berks County Agricultural Center by January 31st, 2017.
The Master Watershed Steward program is a collaborative effort of Penn State Extension, the Berks County Conservation District and Berks Nature.