Montgomery County Master Watershed Steward Program

Montgomery County's 2019 training will start April 11th! Classes will be Thursday evenings, 5:45pm-8:30pm, and run until mid-July. New information session dates have been added! Keep reading for more details.

Master Watershed Steward trainees learn to collect and ID freshwater macroinvertebrates at Stroud Water Research Center.

Master Watershed Steward trainees learn to collect and ID freshwater macroinvertebrates at Stroud Water Research Center.

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! 
The program 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. After training, individuals must complete 50 hours of volunteer service to become certified as an official Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward. In subsequent years, Master Watershed Stewards maintain their status by completing 20 hours of volunteer service with local watershed projects or programs attending a minimum of ten hours of continuing education. 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.
Montgomery County's 2019 training program runs mid-April through mid-July. The course also includes two Saturday field trips. Classes will be held at the Montgomery County Extension office and at partnering environmental organizations throughout the region.
No prior watershed knowledge is required to take the Master Watershed Steward training course.
To learn more about the program, you're invited to attend one of our upcoming information sessions! 
Friday, February 15, 7:00-8:30PM
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust
2955 Edge Hill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
RSVP to Kevin Roth at or 215-657-0830.
Saturday, February 16, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Weavers Way-Ambler 
217 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002
Register here: 
For additional questions about the program or to request an application,  contact Erin Kinley at or 610-489-4315 ext 117. 
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 11, 2019.

Contact Information

Erin Kinley
  • Extension Educator, Master Gardener/Master Watershed
Phone: 610-489-4315