Education and Outreach

In the Schuylkill River Watershed, residents are accustomed to turning on a tap and receiving clean, safe drinking water, with little or no thought given to the source of that water or its availability. However, clean water is not a given, and polluted water is everyone’s concern. Through concentrated public education and outreach efforts, people learn how their decisions and daily actions can directly impact the water they drink, the recreation they enjoy, regional wildlife habitat, human health, and sustainability for future generations.

The Education and Outreach Workgroup focuses on educating and engaging people in protecting the Schuylkill River Watershed. The workgroup does this by developing various outreach programs, campaigns, and providing support to the other workgroups. 

An educated public can be the most valuable resource tool in restoring the health of an entire watershed. People of all ages can help improve water quality by volunteering, making better decisions at home, influencing BMPs at work and in their communities.

Click here to access online environmental educator resources from the PA Environmental Educators Association. 

Workgroup Chair: Erica Rossetti, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary



Bus Tours

The Schuylkill Action Network and partners coordinate an annual bus tour of completed projects. 


A new smartphone app and website dashboard designed to engage volunteers in cleaning up the Schuylkill River Watershed by registering and joining cleanup events, reporting litter "hot spots," and illustrating the results of cleanups throughout the watershed.

Protecting Our Water Award

From 2010 to 2018, the Schuylkill Action Network awarded schools in the Schuylkill Watershed that help protect sources of drinking water - that is the creeks, streams, and rivers where we get our water from.

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts

Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is an annual week long service-learning program that will be offered to a team of 12 high school students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed. The 2020 expedition is canceled in order to ensure the health and safety of students during the pandemic.

Schuylkill Scrub

The Schuylkill Scrub is a watershed-wide clean-up initiative that ​takes place from March 1st through May 31st every spring. ​Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Scrub has been postponed until the fall.

Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest

Enter to win fun tours and cash prizes!

Schuylkill Street Art Contest

The Schuylkill Street Art Contest is an art contest for students in grades 6-12 in Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Schuylkill Counties. The 1st place winner of each county will have their artwork transformed into street art to educate everyone about the importance of clean water.

Storm Drain Markers

The Schuylkill Action Network deveoped custom storm drain markers for any groups, organizations, or municipalities to purchase within the Schuylkill Watershed.

Related Documents

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Blue Guide for Water Conservation

January 9, 2018 Download View

Understanding the Urban Watershed: A Curriculum Guide for the Classroom (Philadelphia)

January 9, 2018 Download View

Understanding the Urban Watershed: A Curriculum Guide for the Classroom (Regional)

January 9, 2018 Download View

Freshwater Mussel Volunteer Guidebook

January 9, 2018 Download View

Clean Water Partners Guide

January 9, 2018 Download View

SAN Education and Outreach Overview

January 9, 2018 Download View

Schuylkill Scrub Flyer TEMPLATE

April 5, 2018 Download View

CleanSweep flyer

February 19, 2019 Download View

CleanSweep Partner Email Template

March 28, 2019 Download View

CleanSweep Social Media Samples

March 28, 2019 Download View

2019-2020 Schuylkill Street Art Contest Brochure

December 17, 2019 Download View

2020 SRRF Project Summaries

September 9, 2020 Download View