Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Waterdale Environmental Education Center


Located in the pristine and beautiful mountain valley of the Mosquito Creek Watershed near the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority Filtration Plant, the historic Waterdale Lodge is the center for a cooperative collaboration of public water supply utilities, academic resources, and local and state conservation agencies and organizations. This partnership provides opportunities for community education and outreach programs that emphasize the science and importance of good stewardship and protection of our natural resources and public water supply sources.

Our Mission

  • Through cooperative community partnerships, facilitate programs for public education and outreach about sustainable water resources;
  • Provide a venue for scientific field work and teaching experiences in a real-world environmental setting utilizing local resource and academic professionals;
  • Team with conservation agencies to provide educator training utilizing programs such as Project WILD and Project WET;
  • Share information and experiences in water resource management and best management practices for protecting public water supply sources.

Creative Learning Activities Tailored for Your Group

  • Creek Study and Aquatic Biology
  • Water quality and stream monitoring
  • Water cycle and Watersheds
  • Geology, geography and history of the Williamsport watersheds; how geology and land use impact water quality
  • Groundwater model demonstration
  • Leaf packs for aquatic insect ID
  • Leaf creatures
  • Hidden colors of autumn leaves
  • Exhibit and demonstration of falconry and raptors
  • Scavenger Hunt and Tree Identification
  • Water Filtration Plant tour and demonstrations
  • Bluebird Trail and historical Remington ruins

Programs, Activities and Resources

  • Full and partial day field trips for school groups from grades 4 to 12
  • Hands-on indoor and outdoor learning activities with curriculum guides based on PA Department of Education Academic Standards
  • Tours of Water Treatment Filtration Plant
  • Bluebird and nature trails with tree identification signage
  • Teaching materials and posters for aquatic biology, wildlife identification, and birding
  • Facilities for conducting field tests and water quality monitoring
  • Presenters for programs on raptors, native birds and wildlife from local conservation agencies and organizations
  • Opportunities for Scouting advancement and conservation projects


Lycoming College received a $24,200 grant from the PPL Foundation to support the Waterdale Environmental Education Center.

Contact Us for More Information

wmwa logo Williamsport Municipal Water Authority: or Ellen Derr at (570) 323-6148

lycologo Lycoming College Education Department: Dr. Amy Rogers -

cwilogo Lycoming College Biology Department: Dr. Melvin Zimmerman -

lccd logo Lycoming County Conservation District: Carey Entz-Rine, Watershed Specialist or (570) 329-1618

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