Become a Master Watershed Steward in 2016

Penn State's Master Watershed Steward program is offered in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program in Lehigh and Northampton Counties will be training a new class of volunteers this spring.    We are looking for individuals that have a keen interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community.   Whether you are a teacher, an accountant, a construction worker, a homemaker, retired, or have another background, YOU can become a Master Watershed Steward!

To become a certified Master Watershed Steward, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service.  In subsequent years, you can maintain your Master Watershed Steward status by giving at least 20 additional volunteer hours and attending at least 10 hours of continuing education annually.  Example projects include: 

- Organizing educational and informational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, wildlife, pollution prevention, stormwater management, and invasive plant control.

- Designing and installing demonstration rain gardens

- Monitoring streams for bacteria 

- Assisting with stream bank restoration projects

- Organizing and executing stream clean ups 


2015 Training Program

The new training program will begin on Wednesday, March 9th and continue on subsequent Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. through mid-June held at partnering environmental organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley. Classes will be held at partnering environmental organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley.  The curriculum also features 3 hands-on Saturday field trips.  Those interested in becoming a Master Watershed Steward should contact Erin Frederick at 610-391-9840 or for a full class schedule. 

Two information sessions will be offered.  One will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lehigh County Agricultural Center.  The second will be held on Wednesday, January 27th at Illick's Mill in Bethlehem.  During this meeting we will give an overview of Penn State Extension and the Master Watershed Steward program.     


Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward?

Application Form.  E-mail completed form to Erin at or mail to: 

Erin Frederick, Penn State Extension, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104

Applications are due January 8th, 2016. 

The Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Program is a partnership between Penn State Extension, the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, Northampton County Conservation District, Appalachian Mountain Club, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Wildlands Conservancy, Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Nurture Nature Center, and the PA Department of Conservation of Natural Resources.