Public Education & Outreach

Here at CWEP, we believe that direct education services in addition to mass media efforts can have a huge impact on our member communities. Public education and outreach about stormwater is achieved through the distribution of educational materials to communities, or by facilitating and planning relevant activities about the impacts of stormwater discharging into local water bodies. The objective of this “hands on” outreach is to advise the public in person on steps they can take to help reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.

CWEP provides useful “face-to-face” services for outreach efforts throughout the year in its partners jurisdictions including school, scout and library programming as well as tabling services at farmers markets, festivals, fairs and parades. In addition, CWEP partners with community members for trash clean ups, rain garden education, storm drain markings, environmental education projects and more! Services and resources available include the use of an EnviroScape model, water bar, catch basin model, macro invertebrate “stream-bed”, Spin the Wheel matching game, the Incredible Journey water cycle game, rain garden/aquifer in a bottle demonstration, and much more! CWEP also provides educational giveaway’s for its participants during these events which include customized stickers, biodegradable dog waste bags, refrigerator magnets, tattoos, grease bags, colorful pamphlets and posters, buffer bookmarks, and more. You can learn more about each of CWEP’s direct education services below.

If you are interested in some of our general programs, or seeking assistance in a volunteer event within your local community, please go to our scheduling page. However, if you are looking for us to assist in facilitating a program for students at your school, please head over to our Teachers page!

CWEP has Stormwater education specialists who are available to present hands-on, stimulating, stormwater lessons using various models and resources to groups of all ages. The lesson can easily be tailored to fit your needs. Check out our availability and what we’re up to this year on our Calendar of events page!

EnviroScape:

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An EnviroScape is a molded plastic model of a watershed complete with various types of land use including residential, transportation, agricultural, construction, recreation and forestry areas. The purpose of the EnviroScape is to demonstrate how water pollution can result from a variety of activities and sources in our own backyards and neighborhoods, and how the pollution can impact our water resources. This model is particularly effective at demonstrating to children how rain and water runoff carries pollution over land and into water bodies. It physically demonstrates what the eye can not always see, and can heighten the awareness and importance of the issue. The EnviroScape can also highlight other practices to maintain healthy water quality and raise awareness about general watershed concepts and nonpoint source pollution. The model is designed in so that it can relate to many types of watersheds, covering a variety of land uses making it valuable and pertinent to many communities.

The Incredible Journey

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With a roll of a cube, students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle by traveling from station to station- collecting beads and making a bracelet as they go. By the end of this program, students will be able to describe the movement of water within the water cycle as well as identify the states of water as it moves. Check out this student friendly video explaining the processes of the water cycle!

Catch Basin

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This catch basin model shows the connection between storm drain and creek in a community.

Spin the Wheel!

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This prize wheel helps kids make a connection between stream health and the critters you may find in or near the water!

Water Bar

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Quench your thirst in your local community at this water bar! We provide blind taste tests of your favorite municipal tap water while also educating people about the watershed in which they live. Ever wonder where your water comes from? We have the answers for you!

Macro Invertebrate Stream Bed 

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Under the rocks in this stream bed model a surprise awaits! You can find lots of macro’s hiding in plants and blue “stream-like” felt! Flip over the back of each cut out macro to learn about how pollution can impact these little guys!