The newest trained group of the York County Master Watershed Stewards program
The forty hour science-based training was taught by various instructors from Penn State Extension and partnering conservation agencies in York. The training is a series of classes focusing on a broad range of water and natural resource topics including groundwater, stream ecology, soils, geology, native plants, aquatic invasive species, wildlife, stormwater management and more. Field trips included a visit to York Water, Dover Wastewater Advanced Treatment Plant, Stroud Water Research Center and various stream and habitat improvement projects in the area.
This training provides participants with background knowledge needed to be a successful volunteer. On-going educational opportunities are also provided to keep volunteers informed and engaged. To obtain certification as a Penn State Master Watershed Steward, each trainee must pass a final exam with a minimum score of 80% and must fulfill fifty hours of volunteer service in the community within the next year. Trainees will work on watershed projects to help improve the health of our streams, rivers and other natural resources. They will also teach citizens about environmental stewardship based on university research and recommendations. Upon successful completion, the trainee will graduate as an official Penn State Master Watershed Steward. We are excited to see the program grow and welcome the trainees to our team!
The next training in York will begin in March of 2019. Interested individuals can contact Jodi Sulpizio, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator - York, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.