Penn State Extension/Berks County is now accepting applications for the 2019 Penn State Master Watershed Steward program. This program trains volunteers to become citizen scientists who are enthusiastic about the conservation of our water resources and gives them the information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others.

Weekly classes will be held Mondays from March 11 through June 17 with three Saturday field trips.

In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Extension the first year, followed by 20 hours per year thereafter. Volunteer activities include organizing educational events, designing demonstration rain gardens, organizing stream cleanups, working with municipal officials to plant native trees and meadows, monitoring streams, and much more.

There is a program fee of $125 to cover the cost of training materials and expenses. An information meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Berks County Ag Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport, for anyone interested in joining the program.

For more information, please contact coordinator Karin Wulkowicz at 610-378-1327, ext. 221 or krw42@psu.edu.

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