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    Help protect Bucks streams and rivers by becoming a Penn State Master Watershed Steward

    The Penn State Master Watershed Steward Program in Bucks County is training a new class of volunteers this summer.

    The program provides 40 hours of water and natural resource training for citizens that have an interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more and a strong desire to make a difference in the community. After training, volunteers engage in projects throughout the county that help protect our streams, rivers and wildlife habitat.

    Examples of watershed projects and programs include designing and installing demonstration rain gardens or streamside plantings, and organizing educational workshops that address topics such as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management.

    The new training program begins Thursday, June 22nd and continues on subsequent Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30pm, through August 31st. Classes are held at the Bucks County Extension office in Doylestown, as well as at partnering environmental organizations throughout Bucks County. 

    The curriculum also features two hands-on Saturday field trips.

    For more information about the Master Watershed Steward Program, costs and volunteer commitment, or to request an application for the 2017 training program, contact Kathleen Connally at 215-345-3283 or by e-mail at kxc30@psu.edu, or visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/watershed-education/watershed-stewards/.

    Applications are due by April 1st.