Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program Launching in Cumberland County!

The MWS program, already active and making a difference in nearly 20 other counties in Pennsylvania, recruits community volunteers with an interest in water quality and natural resource conservation. The volunteers are formally trained in classroom and hands-on settings in environmental resources, stewardship, and education. Stewards are then engaged in volunteer watershed education, research, and restoration projects throughout the county.

The Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Program in Cumberland County will be training its first class in spring 2020. Prospective stewards can learn more about the program costs, commitment, curriculum and structure by attending one of the informational sessions:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 7:00 pm

Cumberland Services Center
Allen Road Campus 310 Allen Road
Carlisle, Pa. 17013
Room PS3

Master Watershed Stewards serve their communities to improve the health of our streams, rivers and other natural resources by:

  • Organizing and conducting educational events, stream clean-ups, and invasive plant removal projects
  • Installing demonstration gardens and riparian buffers
  • Conducting stream monitoring projects and research
  • Conducting educational workshops
  • Researching and writing newsletter and online articles
  • Partnering with municipal officials on projects, such as bioswales, raingardens, native meadows and other green stormwater management
  • Teaching adults and children about water quality, wildlife habitat and the environment
  • Developing educational materials

More information can be found at the PennState Extension website. Also, you can download a brochure here.

Let us know how you feel about the program by sending an email to: [email protected]