Learn about our engaging community education programs, both in and out of the classroom! Our goal is to build a sense of wonder about nature by inviting everyone to explore and appreciate wildlife, water, and the world around us.


School Programs & Educator Resources

We offer several programs to enrich students' understanding of the outdoor world. Reach out to if you would like to include one of our programs in your curriculum!

We are also working to provide educators (from homeschool to public school!) with more resources to help them teach kids about nature! Check back soon on this page and in our events for affordable educator trainings, teaching resources, and more ways to get kids involved in outdoor learning!

Water Guardians After-School Club

Water Guardians is an after-school education program developed with a generous grant from the Pennsylvania DEP. Water Guardian club meetings provide students with a plethora of opportunities to gain experience through ecology-based activities! Our main goal is to have fun and spark a connection between students and their local environment.

Water guardians meet on the second Thursday of every month at the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, starting on September 14, 2023! Find the full schedule here!


Outdoor Lending Library

Upon receiving a grant from the Fayette County Community Foundation, MWA has created a library of outdoor gear and educational resources available to the public! This comprehensive and inclusive resource library is located in MWA’s office, and items will be available to be checked out during our office hours.


Our Education Programs at Work!

Family Field Day at Laurel Hill State Park

Together with the State Park Rangers at Laurel Hill State Park, Mountain Watershed Association held its first annual Family Field Day in June 2023. Using funds from the DEP's generous education grant, we provided local families with a fun day of outdoor learning and recreation on the shores of Laurel Hill Lake!

Upcoming Educational Events

Books & Brews with Rolling Stone author Justin Nobel

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Rolling Stone’s Justin Nobel will lead a discussion about his new book “Petroleum-238: Big Oil’s Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It,” before signing copies at Bloom Brew…

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Learn to be a Stream Explorer!

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join our education team in learning about the Cedar Creek ecosystem, how to do your own water quality testing, and how to responsibly explore a sensitive habitat. Take home $100…

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Family Field Day at Laurel Hill State Park

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This family-friendly, outdoor event, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Education Grant, is free and open to the public. MWA and the park rangers at Laurel Hill State…

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Indian Creek Watershed Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Save the date for the 2024 Indian Creek Watershed Festival! This year’s event will be another fun day for our local youth, featuring: Registration will open this summer. If you’d…

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News & Updates

Remembering Black History in Appalachia

February 29, 2024

Picture a coal miner. Who do you see? Probably a man, face coated with coal dust, peering out from under a headlamp.…

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Preview our new ICV Trail signs!

October 25, 2023

Mountain Watershed Association recently received a grant from the Climate and Rural Systems Partnership (created by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and University of Pittsburgh) to create a series of interpretive signs along the Indian Creek Valley Trail!

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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Pennsylvania

October 6, 2023

Indigenous Peoples Day honors the cultures and histories of the original inhabitants of the US. How will you spend the day? The…

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