Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program

Penn State Extension/Berks County will train the next class of Master Watershed Steward volunteers from mid-March through mid-June of 2019. Information nights will be held Jan. 14, Jan. 28, and Feb. 11, 2019 at 6 PM in the Berks County Ag Center auditorium, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport, PA 19533. Snow date is the following evening (Tuesday). All potential Master Watershed Steward candidates must attend an information meeting. Please bring your calendar or schedule to the meeting. Applications may be obtained by stopping in to the Berks County Ag Center at 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport, PA 19533 any weekday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM or by contacting the coordinator, Karin Wulkowicz at 610-378-1327 or krw42@psu.edu. Applications may also be picked up at any of the information meetings. Application deadline is Jan. 31st, 2019. Applications should be received in the Ag Center office by that date. No prior watershed knowledge is required. Volunteers will be educated on the subjects they will need to know.

Penn State Extension/Berks County Master Watershed Stewards perform macroinvertebrate sampling

Penn State Extension/Berks County Master Watershed Stewards perform macroinvertebrate sampling

Details on  the Program

Individuals with an interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more and a strong desire to make a difference in the community are excellent candidates for this program. To become a Master Watershed Steward, you must complete 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service within the first year. After becoming certified, you maintain your status by giving at least 20 volunteer hours and attending at least 10 hours of continuing education annually. Master Watershed Stewards are volunteers trained to become citizen scientists. They educate the public about water and perform "boots on the ground" projects to help improve the water quality in Berks County.

Curriculum topics

The Berks County Master Watershed Steward Program is a partnership between:

  • Penn State Extension
  • the Berks County Conservation District
  • Berks Nature
  • and other environmental partners

For more information, please contact:

Karin Wulkowicz
610-378-1327, ext. 221
krw42@psu.edu