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! Also feel free to check out our colorful and engaging program menu here!
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.
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.
Catch the Critter Game
Students will learn about the different pollution-tolerance levels of various species of macroinvertebrates through this interactive card game, and understand how scientists use macroinvertebrate sampling to judge the health of a stream. You can read more about this game here.
If Bugs Could Talk
Students will evaluate the quality of a “water sample” (using a bag of skittles to represent pollution and pictures of aquatic macroinvertebrates to represent invertebrates found in their sample), graph their results, and form a hypothesis about the land use near the location their “water sample” was collected. You can read more about this program here.
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. You can read more about this activity here.
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! Students get to be a water droplet that fell from the sky and will follow the stormwater path, trying to avoid getting stuck in the maze by various pollutants along the way.
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
- All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper
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.
Students play a game of tag to simulate the effects of environmental stressors on macroinvertebrate populations.
The Long Haul
This is a team oriented relay race where students compete in a water hauling game and learn all about the importance of water conservation!
Educational 3-D models such as our stream bed, catch basin, and bug aquarium are available for use in school programming. You can read more about these educational resources in this menu here.
Arts and Crafts!
Hands on arts and crafts activities help instill the importance of water through art!
- Bookmark Making with seed paper
- Rain Making Craft
- “Make You Own Caddisfly”
- Seed paper Origami
- Coloring & Painting
We have numerous opportunities to take your class outside with engaging, fun and safe programs! Programs include guided nature hikes along a waterway, macroinvertebrate workshops, crafts at the creek, nature scavenger hunts, water quality testing and a stream-side macroinvertebrate identification activity. You can learn more about each of these outdoor led programs here!