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

Birds & Beaks at Carnegie Free Library

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Lindsey, our education coordinator, to learn about the adaptations of aquatic birds’ beaks. In this all-levels, one-hour program, we’ll use a hands-on activity to discover which beaks are adapted…

Intro to Fly Fishing Clinic

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this FREE fly fishing clinic with PA Fly Co, Chestnut Ridge Trout Unlimited, and Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited. This fly fishing clinic includes instruction on fly casting,…

Pennsylvania Fish at Carnegie Free Library

November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Lindsey, our education coordinator, to learn the habitats of our native Pennsylvania fish! Participants will also learn to cast indoors with our “backyard bass” casting set. Then we’ll make…

Project WILD Training

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Project WILD’s mission is to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. This award winning curriculum equips educators with the knowledge…

News & Updates

MWA’s Fall Fishing Festival!

September 27, 2023

Mountain Watershed Association held our annual Indian Creek Watershed Festival over the weekend at CW Resh Park in Indian Head. Even in chilly fall weather, families came from near and far to enjoy a day of free activities along Indian Creek!

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How to filter water for outdoor adventures

September 6, 2023

Clean drinking water is essential for a long day on the trail, so you should always have a plan for gathering and purifying it before you head out the door.

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Water Guardians After-School Club Returns to Connellsville!

August 31, 2023

Mountain Watershed Association is excited to announce another season of the Water Guardians After School Club!

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