Get Involved!

Join Our New Watershed Steward Program!

We are looking for people with a keen interest in the environment, a willingness to learn, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community.  Whether you are a teacher, an accountant, a construction worker, a homemaker, a stay-at-home parent, or you name it, YOU can become a Master Watershed Steward in Illinois and Indiana!

Many states around the country offer Master Watershed Steward Programs that train volunteers in the basics of maintaining and enhancing water resources.  In our two states, the Master Watershed Steward program is open to all residents.

To become a certified Master Watershed Steward, you must complete 8 weeks of training*.  To become certified you must complete 35 hours of volunteer service over a two-year period. 

We will help you identify opportunities that fit your interests.

PGPs/CEUs are available for educators!

Programs restart in the spring of 2023. Check our Facebook page as well as this page for more details on times, dates, and locations.

Course registration is now open!

Contact Leslie Dorworth at (219) 989-2726 or ldorwort@pnw.edu for more information.


Example Projects Include:

  • Organizing workshops and booths to share information about managing stormwater and preventing pollution, including rain barrels and rain gardens, understanding wildlife, or controlling invasive plants.
  • Joining a local watershed group.
  • Working with community leaders to find creative solutions to protect local waterways.
  • Monitoring streams for habitat, biology, and water chemistry.
  • Assisting with restoring streamside vegetation.
  • Organizing and implementing stream cleanups.
  • Get involved with NOAA’s Citizen Science Marine Debris Program
  • Learn about wetlands and invasive plants