Penn State Extension in York County is accepting applications for master watershed steward training that will begin in late February.

The program was launched in 2016 in York County and has been a great success, according to Extension officials.

After completing the 40-hour course, trainees must volunteer 50 hours for Penn State Extension during their first year. York County currently has 70 master watershed stewards volunteering to improve the health of streams, rivers and other natural resources. Stewards teach people about the environment, organize stream clean-ups, design demonstration rain gardens, monitor waterways, and work with municipal officials to plant riparian buffers.

And information session will be held Dec. 9 at Extension’s York County office, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, York, Pennsylvania, at 6:30 p.m.

Training consists of weekly classes and three Saturday field trips from late February to mid-May.

There is a program fee of $125 to cover the cost of training material and expenses. Applications will be accepted through January.

Register for the information session at

Contact Jodi Sulpizio, master watershed steward coordinator, at 717-840-7408 or for more information.

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