Nurture Nature Center (NNC)’s project, Watershed-Friendly Properties – an education and certification program, was one of 15 projects across the state to receive a grant of up to $20,000 for 2020. NNC and partner Penn State Master Watershed Stewards are developing a non-formal education program for Pennsylvania communities about watershed-friendly property management, promoting effective ways to reduce water pollution and improve water quality. This Watershed-Friendly Property Program is an education and certification program that focuses on watershed health, stewardship and community action. The program involves education through a community forum and outreach materials, an online application that property owners can complete to see if their property qualifies as watershed-friendly, and a property/yard sign that designates the property’s certification through the program. In order to achieve the certification, property owners must commit to work towards the objectives of the Watershed-Friendly Property Program, including reducing stormwater runoff, reducing pollution, conserving water, and supporting wildlife and pollinators. Those who don’t initially qualify based on their current practices would be provided with the tools, resources, and critical thinking skills to achieve a friendly status after making changes.
The program and application will launch in late October. Consider participating and applying to help us expand the number of watershed-friendly properties throughout Pennsylvania!