Upcoming Creek Connections Workshops:


Other Workshops:

August Workshops
River Ecology Educator Workshop

Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9, 20199:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cook Forest State Park (new Park Office)

P.O. Box 120, Cooksburg, PA 16217

Act 48: 15.5 hours

Fee: $75 payable in advance; pre-registration is required

This course is a DCNR Watershed Education workshop, educators will receive Pennsylvania State Park’s Watershed Education curriculum. Participants will also receive a Pennsylvania Water Atlas, a copy of Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts, as well as have the option to earn 15.5 ACT 48 hours (targeted grade levels 4-12).

This workshop will emphasize hands-on investigative activities related to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of a river. Both days are heavily involved in collecting data in the field. Day 1 will consist of land based activities venturing into the river. Day 2 activities will be from canoe as we paddle to various study sites along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. Prior canoeing experience will be useful.

Be prepared to be in the river being wet and muddy ALL day. Sturdy river shoes are a must. Sneakers are good, those with flip-flops will not be allowed to participate. Participants are encouraged to wear modest swimming gear. Participants must be able to traverse slippery footing conditions and possibly steep river banks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mask & snorkel, but we will have some sets on hand. A sturdy river “walking stick” may prove to be useful. Refreshments provided both days.

Register by 7/31/19 by contacting Dale Luthringer, EES at Cook Forest State Park at (814) 744-8475 or . Payment is due in advance.Once registered, send a $75.00 check or money order (made payable to Commonwealth of PA) to:

Cook Forest State Park, ATTN: River Ecology, P.O. Box 120, Cooksburg, PA 16217


Watershed Educators Institute (WEI)

Monday, August 12 – Friday, August 16, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

 Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station 

94 Sanctuary Rd., Lake Ariel, PA 18436

Act 48: 50 hours- no additional fee; CPE (3 credits)- $350.00; Graduate credit – pending

Fee: $275.00 (includes lodging and meals for 5 days)

This is a week-long course is for teachers who teach grades 6-12.

Enrich your curriculum and become a MWEE Ambassador (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience) with local, relevant, and engaging topics while still addressing state standards and district expectations. Participants will be trained in and will receive a copy of DCNR’s Watershed Education (WE)curriculum and Project WET’s Healthy Water/Healthy People curriculum (also includes HW/HP Field Monitoring Guide). Participants will also receive theClean and Conserve Educators Guide (from Project WET). Training on WikiWatershed, Model My Watershed, and is also included and provided by Stroud Water Research Center. Enhance your practice with hands-on training.

Network with watershed professionals from around the state. Work with scientists, historians and educators who work with local issues to preserve and protect our watersheds. Time is built in the schedule to work on curricula integration.

Learn at the pristine Lacawac Sanctuary which encompasses glacial Lake Lacawac, a National Natural Landmark, and its watershed. A variety of ecosystems and trails provide ideal opportunities for deep and meaningful learning.

Have fun and get outdoors! WEI is like camp for teachers: You’ll be immersed in nature, collect water samples, paddle waterways, reflect and journal on the dock, and much more!

Click here to register. For more information, contact: Jamie Reeger, Director of Environmental Education, Lacawac Sanctuary at (570) 689-9494 or

This institute is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT).

Past Creek Connections Workshops:

7/23/19 – Summer Institute 2019

8/15/18 – STEM Educator Workshop: Water Resources and Earth Sciences in the French Creek Watershed

8/1/2018 – Summer Institute 2018

7/27/2017 – Summer Institute 2017

3/17/17 – Project Crawdad.  West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Laboratory.  Workshop Photos.

8/2/16 – Summer Institute 2016

3/7/16 Teacher Development Workshop at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Workshop Resources.  Workshop Photos.

8/4/15 – Summer Institute 2015

3/9/15 – Aquatic Invasive Species (Round Goby) with PA Sea Grant and PA Fish and Boat Commission

8/7/14 – Summer Institute 2014

10/19/13 – Creek Camp Teacher Workshop

8/7/13 – Summer Institute 2013

2/19/13 – Shale Gas Development Module Workshop

7/31/12 – Summer Institute 2012

3/13/12 – Shale Drilling Water Quality Monitoring Workshop

9/7/11 – AIS Workshop

8/4/11 – Summer Institute 2011

12/10/10 – Aquaponics & Sustainability Module

8/3/10 -Summer Institute 2010

8/5/09 -Summer Institute 2009

2/12, 2/24 & 3/4/09 -Creek Connections Open Houses

7/30 & 8/5/08 – Summer Institute 2008

3/12/08 Tree Workshop with Science Partners at Asbury Woods

10/8/07- Pittsburgh Teacher Development Day at BSA Camp Guyasuta

8/1/07- Summer Institute: Module Expo

6/21/07- Investigations of Fish Habitat Requirements Teacher Workshop

2/23/07- “Green…More Than A Color” Workshop

8/2/06 & 8/15/06 Summer Institute: Stream Geology

6/29/06 – Freshwater Mussel Surveys

3/11/06 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers

7/29 & 8/2/05 – Summer Institute: Intro to GPS Units

7/20/05 – Completing the Water Cycle: Meteorology

2/11/05 – Not Just Mapping Your Field Site: Geographic Information Systems

7/30/04 & 8/3/04 – Summer Institute: Riparian Buffers

6/10/04 – Riparian Buffers: Teacher Resources and Restoration Projects

2/27/04 – Water, Water Everywhere But Only a Drop to Drink

8/5/03, 8/9/03, 8/13/03 – Summer Institute: Wetlands

6/11/03 – Aquatic Insect Workshop

3/10/03 – Who Put Their Watershed On My Topographic Map?

8/8/02 & 8/12/02 – Summer Institute: Aquatic Insects and Topographic Mapping

6/20/02 – Rivers of Time: A Geologic Exploration of Pittsburgh’s Rivers (in conjunction with Pittsburgh Voyager)

10/22/02 – Something Fishy is Goin’ On at Creek Connections

8/6/01 – 8/7/01 – Environmental Education in the French Creek Valley Watershed Activity Module Workshop