Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy

The Lancaster Watershed Leadership Academy supports the personal leadership development of individuals involved in the collective effort for clean water in Lancaster County. This twelve-month program is jam-packed with watershed content, field investigations, professional leadership content, and an overnight retreat on the Chesapeake Bay.  

Scholars are as unique and diverse as the communities in Lancaster County. They walk away with an understanding of watersheds, leadership skills and application, and countless resources to integrate themselves into clean water work.


Interested in applying? If you’re interested in applying to be a scholar, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a passion for the Lancaster community and its mission for clean and clear waterways?
  • Do you have an eagerness to take creative action?
  • Are you committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • Would you bring an openness, vulnerability, and a strong desire to learn to each session?
  • Are you a good listener and genuinely interested in learning from those around you?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, we encourage you to apply to the 2021 Academy session! Check back for announcements about this year’s class and applications for 2021.

Academy fast facts

  • 12-month program 
  • 10 single day sessions
  • 5 self-selected electives 
  • 1 scholar-led Watershed Action Project
  • 1 weekend retreat on the Chesapeake Bay
  • Countless watershed and leadership resources!

2020 Syllabus

Learn about the content and activities planned for 2020-2021. Due to COVID-19, some sessions may have been postponed or rescheduled.

Information Sheet

Download our information sheet for more information on the Academy. Share with a friend, too!

Become an Instructor

Want to work more closely with budding environmental stewards while gaining insight into the full picture of water work in the county? Contact Allyson Gibson to lead a session, demonstration, or site visit. 


2020 Scholars

This year’s cohort of 9 scholars are emerging and established leaders who have a passion for our community and its clean water issues.

2020 Instructors 

Instructors at the Academy help develop content, schedule demonstrations and site visits, and act as mentors to scholars.

Scholar Spotlights


Thank you to our partners in this exciting, inaugural event. We are grateful for the support and knowledge from the team at Penn State’s Rural-Urban Leadership Program (RULE). As the team develops the Academy, we are integrating leadership and education techniques, language, and expert suggestions from Leadership Lancaster, the Chamber, Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center, the County Planning Commission, and the Lancaster County Conservation District.