Up until about 1850, every church had its parochial school beside it. The school house of the Swamp Reformed Church (Leidy Road and Swamp Pike) was demolished about 1955.

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program

If you have an interest in the environment and the water we drink, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community, Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program may be a good fit for you! Don’t miss out – Montgomery County’s 2019 Master Watershed Steward Basic Training starts April 11th.

 The Master Watershed Steward program is a volunteer opportunity that offers 50 hours of training for ordinary citizens on numerous environmental topics including water quality, stream health, native plants, habitat, recreation, groundwater and much more. No prior watershed knowledge is required to become a Steward! After finishing the Basic Training course, trainees must complete 50 hours of volunteer service within their first year to become a certified Master Watershed Steward. Potential volunteer projects include organizing stream cleanups, designing and installing demonstration rain gardens, and organizing educational workshops that address topics such as backyard conservation or homeowner stormwater management. In subsequent years, Stewards maintain their status by completing at least 20 volunteer hours and attending a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education.

 Montgomery County’s Basic Training will run from April 11 - July 11 on Thursday evenings from 5:45pm-8:30pm and also includes two Saturday field trips. Classes are held at the Montgomery County Extension office and at partnering environmental organizations throughout the region. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 11, 2019.

 For anyone who would like to learn more up the upcoming training, two free public information sessions are schedule for the following dates and locations:

 January 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm

Montgomery County 4-H Center

1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, PA

Session to be held in the Beech Room

Walk-ins welcome; RSVPs preferred. Called 610-489-4315 to let us know you’re coming!

Collegeville Training Flyer

 February 15 from 7:00-8:30pm

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

2955 Edge Hill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA

RSVP to Kevin Roth at or 215-657-0830.

Pennypack ERT Training Flyer

 For additional information about the program and applications, visit our website at, or contact Erin Kinley at 610-489-4315 ext 117 or