If you are interested in scheduling a school program with us, you can head on over to the Teachers page to fill out our School Program Request Form! Below you will find a detailed list of all the school programs we offer either in your classroom or in the outdoors!
Rain Garden in a Bottle
Students build their very own rain garden using native plants to demonstrate how they survive in their environments. You can read more about this program here.
The Incredible Journey
This is a hands-on, physical activity that teaches students how water moves through the water cycle. Students get to go through two rounds of the activity as a “water droplet”, moving from one station to another. At the end of the activity, students write about their “journey” and get to bring home a hand-made bracelet at the end of the day. You can read more about this program here.
Students act as pollutants or rain on the this 3D model of a watershed using common community practices in order to understand point-source and non-point source pollution. You can read more about this program here (page 1).
Water Pipe Activity – Modeling the Flow
This hands-on and interactive lesson introduces participants to the water, wastewater and stormwater networks within their community and highlights the ways they can be good stewards of the environment as they interact with each type of water. Using Monopoly homes and hotels, a variety of straws, plotter paper rolls, toy water towers and representations of the raw water source and water and wastewater treatment facilities, participants build a model of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems to help visualize the networks of pipes that bring potable water to their homes and take wastewater away from their homes. Through questions and descriptions, students learn how water, wastewater and stormwater move through their community, while also engineering their own plot of land. The lesson provides a deeper understanding of the water cycle as well as environmental stewardship.
Water Quality? Ask the Bugs!
Students get to sample a fake stream for fake bugs in order to determine stream health, and allows students to be a “scientist” by collecting and analyzing their data. You can read more about this program here (page 2).
Fashion A Fish
Students get to design and create their own fish according to various topic cards including body shape, coloration, etc. Students make a fish adapted to various aquatic habitats and will be able to interpret the importance of adaption in marine animals.
Students guide a drop of water through a maze of “drainage pipes” on a laminated piece of paper to learn how activities in their homes and yards affect water quality!
Dragon Fly Pond
Students will evaluate the effects of different kinds of land use on wetland habitat, and discuss and evaluate lifestyle changes to minimize damaging effects on wetlands through this hands on arts and crafts activity.
Students learn all about water in these educational, fun and lyrical books. This program pairs up well with arts and crafts activities such as seed-paper origami or rain making crafts!
- Water is Water by Miranda Paul
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
- Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Are You Me?
This macroinvertebrate themed “Spin the Wheel” matching game helps kids make a connection between stream health and the critters you may find in or near the water!
Students will learn what aquatic invasive species are and then participate in a full body movement game that stimulates competition for habitat and resources; students will also create graphs and learn about prevention and management of aquatic invasive species.
3D models of a stream bed and catch basin are also available for use in school programming. You can read more about these educational resources here.
Arts and Crafts!
Hands on arts and crafts activities such as seed-paper origami, “buffer in a bookmark” making, and rain maker crafts help instill the importance of water through art!
Outdoor Led Programs
We have numerous opportunities to take your class outside with engaging, fun and safe programs! Programs include guided nature hikes along a waterway, crafts at the creek, water quality testing and a streamside macroinvertebrate identification activity. You can learn more about each of these outdoor led programs here!