Montgomery County Master Watershed Steward Program: Information Session

January 21, 2019 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Montgomery County's 2019 training will start April 11th! Classes will be Thursday evenings, 5:45pm-8:30pm, and run until mid-July. A free public information session is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00PM at the Montgomery County Extension Office. Keep reading or click here for more information.


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 50 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 50 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 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, join us for a free public information session on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Montgomery County 4-H Center (1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA 19426) from 6:30-8:00pm in the Beech Room. 

Applications are available here. Completed applications can be mailed to

Penn State Extension 

1015 Bridge Road, Suite H

c/o Master Watershed Steward Program 

Collegeville, PA 19426

or emailed to Erin Kinley at 

For additional questions about the program, including costs and volunteer commitment, you can also contact Erin at 610-489-4315 ext 118. 


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

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