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Classroom visits

Through classroom visits, we seek to create meaningful childhood experiences connected to water resources. Through hands-on and interactive activities, we hope to increase understanding and stewardship of water resources in children, their teachers, and families. 

Due do Covid-19, we are not currently scheduling classroom visits.

2019-2020 School Year

Visits are scheduled on a seasonal basis (fall, winter, spring), with up to one visit per classroom per season. There are a limited number of slots, and we'll close scheduling once they are filled.

Due do Covid-19, we are not currently scheduling classroom visits.


 

Example Activities

Choose an example activity or work with us to customize a lesson! For photos of each of these activities, visit our Educational Tools Library. [Example lesson plans coming soon! Contact Maya at mswope@rpbcwd.org for questions about activities or lesson plans.]
Lessons typically last a class period (45-55 min), but we can work with shorter time slots if needed.
 
  • Macroinvertebrates: We bring in live aquatic insects, let the kids sort through them, and talk about their importance to healthy lakes and creeks. For this one we can also have the kids go out and collect insects if there is an easy -to -access pond/creek/lake nearby.
     
  • Pretend & Play canoe: We have a dress-up trunk shaped like a canoe and filled with gear. Kids get to try on things and play, and learn about water safety and the work that the watershed does.
     
  • What’s in my Water: There is a felt board with an outline of a lake on it. Kids take turns identifying the bad and the good stuff in the water. As they take out trash etc, they decide whether it goes in the trash, recycle, compost.
     
  • Jr Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector: We bring our sampling boat to your school. On it is hidden pictures of aquatic invasive species. The kids inspect the boat to find them and we talk about what they are, and why they are trouble.
     
  • Groundwater Model: We'll use our groundwater model to Explore the hidden world of aquifers. See how groundwater and surface waters, like lakes and streams, can interact. 
     
  • Watershed Sandbox: How does water move through a watershed? How does topography influence water? We'll explore by moving the sand in our interactive sandbox.
     
  • Various Project WET activities: Check out their curriculum here:https://www.projectwet.org/. We have a few that we love and have lots of practice with!