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.

  • Do you have a passion for Lancaster’s mission for clean and clear waterways?
  • Do you have an eagerness to take creative action?
  • Are you committed to clean and clear water for all Lancastrians?
  • Are you a good listener and genuinely interested in learning from those around you?

If you answered yes to these questions, we encourage you to apply to the 2023 Academy session! Applications are due October 6, 2022. The course is $300. Scholarships are available. All questions can be directed to Allyson Gibson ( 

Academy fast facts

  • 12-month program 
  • 8 single day sessions
  • 8 virtual check-ins
  • 1 scholar-led Action Project
  • 1 retreat on the Chesapeake Bay
  • $300 total, scholarships available


Apply to join the 2023 Academy class! Applications due October 6, 2022.


Nominate someone for the 2023 class by filling out the nomination form. Allyson Gibson will follow up with that individual with more information on the Academy.


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? 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.