4-H Stream Teams

4-H Stream Teams is a new opportunity for youth in Pennsylvania that are interested in water, environmental awareness, science, and their local community. Youth participate in hands-on learning experiences and take part in implementing a water based community service project in their own neighborhoods.

What is a 4-H Stream Team?

A group of youth actively engaged in water education and activities in their own community. 4-H Stream Teams complete 4-H Water Project activities and learn about the water that flows through their local watershed. Activities include topics such as water use and conservation, water science and cycles, and water quality. 4-H Stream Teams also choose and participate in service projects as identified in their watershed. Service projects may lead to improved water use efficiency in a community or address water quality issues and enhancements in a local stream among other important topics.

How do I become part of the 4-H Stream Teams program?

4-H Stream Teams can be brand new groups of youth with a screened adult volunteer as part of the PA 4-H program, but they can also be existing groups of youth (school clubs, afterschool programs, scout troops, etc.) interested in using the 4-H Stream Team program as an enhancement to their existing program.

4-H Stream Teams Volunteer Training

In January and February of 2013, we hosted a four part online training for new 4-H Stream Team Volunteers.

Recordings and Live Trainings


Jennifer Fetter

4-H Stream Teams Pilot Program in the Conewago Creek Watershed

The 4-H Stream Teams program was piloted in the Conewago Creek Watershed, located in central Pennsylvania at the union of Dauphin, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties. The Conewago Stream Teams program continues to seek new teams interested in forming. If you think you might like to form a new Conewago Stream Team, contact Jennifer Fetter.

4-H Stream Teams are now forming throughout Pennsylvania

If you are interested in bringing the 4-H Stream Team program to a portion of Pennsylvania outside of our Conewago pilot program, please contact Sanford Smith.

Contact Information

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Teaching Professor in Forest Resources and
Phone: 814-865-4261