Berks/Schuylkill County Master Watershed Steward Program

January 17, 2022 12:00am to 12:00am

Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward basic training will be offered again spring 2022 for Schuylkill and Berks County residents. Applications are being accepted now through midnight, January 17, 2022. More details and a link to the online application is below.

Berks/Schuylkill County Master Watershed Stewards install a live stake nursery at Cacoosing Meadows Park.

Berks/Schuylkill County Master Watershed Stewards install a live stake nursery at Cacoosing Meadows Park.

Details on  the Program

Residents in Berks and Schuylkill County with an interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more and a strong desire to make a difference in the community are excellent candidates for this program. To become a Master Watershed Steward, you must complete approximately 40 hours of training and fulfill 50 hours of volunteer service within the first year. After becoming certified, you maintain your status by giving at least 20 volunteer hours and attending at least 10 hours of continuing education annually. Master Watershed Stewards are volunteers trained to become citizen scientists. They educate the public about water and perform "boots on the ground" projects to help improve the water quality in Berks and Schuylkill counties. The basic training curriculum covers a range of important environmentally critical topics.

The Spring 2022 training program will run March 3 through June 16 with a combination of live, online sessions on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 p.m., weekend workshops, and on-your-own, on-demand video recordings. 

If you are interested but do not have sufficient internet access or capacity, or if transportation to field visits is a limiting factor in your participation, please reach out to us for possible accommodations.  

No prior watershed knowledge or training is required to take the Master Watershed Steward training course. The cost of the course is $125.00 which includes the training manual, field trip and other training resources, and Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward name badge. Financial support is available to individuals where this fee is cost prohibitive to their participation in the program. No financial documentation required.

For more information about the Master Watershed Steward program in Schuylkill and Berks counties, we will be hosting two free virtual Open House Information Sessions on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. Information sessions are free, but registration is required to receive the link to access the webinar. Registrants will also receive access to the webinar recording. Register for the information sessions here: https://extension.psu.edu/master-watershed-steward-information-session-for-berks-and-schuylkill-counties

In the meantime, you can get an introduction to our programs by watching this 15 minute overview of the Master Watershed Steward program

To apply, submit an application by midnight, Monday, January 17, 2022.

For additional information, please contact Natalie Marioni, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Penn State Extension of Berks and Schuylkill County, 610-378-1327 or nkm5342@psu.edu.  

Contact Information

Natalie Marioni

  • Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Berks & Schuylkill Counties

Email: nkm5342@psu.edu

Phone: 610-378-1327

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