The Leaf Pack Network® (LPN) is a network of citizens, teachers, and students investigating their local stream ecosystems. Using the Leaf Pack Experiment Kit, participants:
- Create an artificial leaf pack and place it in a stream for three to four weeks.
- Collect and examine the packs in the classroom.
- Discover aquatic insects that indicate stream health, showing the connection between trees and streams.
- Share data through the network.
Interested in connecting your classroom to the outdoors? Here’s how to get started!
Anyone interested in learning about riparian communities can use the resources available on the Leaf Pack Network®. Navigate the LPN website using the menu on the left, or start with these pages:
Visit our learning center to learn about watersheds, the link between trees and streams, macroinvertebrates, or data analysis.
Explore interesting resources from Stroud Water Research Center and other organizations that provide information about rivers and streams.
For a detailed look at the Leaf Pack Network, view our eight minute video.