Bucks County Master Watershed Steward Program

Winner of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in Pennsylvania, the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward training is being offered in Bucks County in 2019. Classes are Thursday evenings, 5:45pm-8:30pm, beginning April 4, 2019. Application deadline is March 22, 2019.

Penn State Master Watershed Stewards monitoring a Bucks County stream

Penn State Master Watershed Stewards monitoring a Bucks County stream

If you have an interest in the environment and the water we drink, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community, Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program may be a good fit for you! 

This program, which just won the 2018 Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, offers 40+ hours of training for ordinary citizens on numerous environmental topics including water quality, stream health, native plants, habitat, recreation, groundwater and much more. To become certified as a Master Watershed Steward, you must complete 40 hours of training through Penn State Extension and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service the year after training. In subsequent years, Master Watershed Stewards maintain their status by fulfilling 20 hours of volunteer time to watershed projects or programs, and attending a minimum of ten hours of continuing education training provided by Penn State Extension. Examples of watershed projects and programs include organizing stream cleanups, designing and installing demonstration rain gardens or stream-side plantings, and organizing educational workshops that address topics such as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management.

The 2019 training program runs April through July. There are no classes the weeks of Easter/Passover, Memorial Day and Independence Day.  The course also includes three Saturday field trips. Classes will be held at the Bucks County Extension office and at partnering environmental organizations throughout Bucks County. 

No prior watershed knowledge or training is required to take the Master Watershed Steward training course.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward program including costs and volunteer commitment, contact Master Watershed Steward Coordinator Kathleen Connally at kxc30@psu.edu or 215-345-3283.

The application for the 2019 basic training course can be found here:

Please return the completed application by March 22, 2019 to:

Kathleen Connally 
Master Watershed Steward Coordinator 
Penn State Extension Bucks County
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901 


Email: kxc30@psu.edu

Contact Information

Kathleen Connally
  • Master Gardener Coordinator
Phone: 215-345-3283