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Help Protect Bucks County 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 and the application deadline has been extended until May 11th.

Recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the program provides 50+ 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, May 17th and continues on subsequent Thursdays from 5:45pm to 8:30pm through September 20th.  (There is one exception where class will be held Wednesday night, June 13th.)  The curriculum also features three hands-on Saturday field trips on June 9th, July 14th and August 26th.  There are no classes May 31st, July 5th, August 30th or September 6th.

Classes are held at local partnering environmental organizations as well as the Bucks County Extension office at 1282 Almshouse Road in Doylestown. 

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward Program, costs and volunteer commitment, or to request an application for the 2018 training program, contact Kathleen Connally at 215-345-3283 or by email at kxc30@psu.edu, or visit  https://sites.extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/bucks/default  Application deadline is May 11th.