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The Watershed Outreach Program provides a simple, free and fun way to include new lesson plans in your classroom curricula. The water-related activities, programs and resources provided can help you achieve higher academic standards.
Add a splash of science to your students' day. Sign up for FREE, fun, standards-based classroom programs and field activities offered year round through the Keep It Clean Partnership (KICP) Project.
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Water Education Programs:
Every Drop Counts!
Ever wonder what the world would be like if there was no fresh water? During this fun 25-minute program, students listen to a story about a frog that drinks all of the fresh water in the world and learns how it affects his animal friends and the environment. Students participate in a discussion about how important water is to all of us and how they can conserve water at home and school. Each student will receive a free H2O Jo and Flo coloring and activity book packed with water wise tips for the whole family.
Water Ranger Program
Where does our water come from and how much do we use in a day? Over the course of two engaging 50-minute classroom sessions and a take-home activity, students investigate the world's water supply, learn where their water comes from, and discover how much water they use at home each day. Using observation, data collection, recording and calculation skills, students participate in a home water audit that helps them estimate their personal daily water use. Together with their families, students identify ways they can conserve water around their house. This program includes student data recording sheets and water conservation kits with a shower timer, shower flow gauge, toilet leak detection tablets and tank displacement bag.
This program supports the Boulder Valley School District Content Standards for math #3 and science #4.3.
Water Conservation -Teacher
Water Conservation - Student
Get To Know Your H2O - Boulder Water: From Source to Tap
Think of all of the water you used today. Where did it come from and where does it go? Watch a short film that tells the Boulder Water Story then gather round an interactive model to learn how our water is treated before it comes to our homes to make it safe for us to use and where it goes when it goes down the drain. Learn about the drinking water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, water conservation and stormwater.
NEW! Get to Know Your H2O Teacher's Workshop
The Thirsty Lizard Project
The Thirsty Lizard Project features materials that teach students about water use in America and about how to substitute bad water management habits for good ones. At the same time, the materials provide a review of graphing and math-in-science techniques geared to CSAP testing. This program requires three to four classroom periods of instruction, linked to a two-week activity students complete at home. The FREE classroom package for 30 students includes student readers, conversation packets with a shower timer, shower flow gauges and toilet leak tabs, overhead transparencies and a teacher's guide
Water Pollution/Water Protection (Keep It Clean Partnership)
1. Storm Drain Marking
2. Stream Teams - Involve your group, large or small, in an ongoing community water stewardship project. Become a StreamTeam by committing to take care of a segment of your local creek. With just a few actions each year, you will be on your way to maintaining your local waterway.
3. Creek Clean Ups - host a creek cleanup! Are you tired of seeing your favorite creek littered with trash? If so, a Creek Cleanup might be just what you're looking for! In just a couple of hours, you can make a huge impact on your local environment. Get everything you need from the City of Boulder/KICP Education Program. All you need to get started is an enthusiastic leader who will help organize and promote the event. The city will provide:
- Guidance in the planning of your cleanup
- A Cleanup Kit
- Trash collection after your event
- Fun giveaways to thank volunteers
- Recognition on the City of Boulder WatershED website.
By picking up litter in and along creeks, you make a difference in the community by:
- Improving water quality
- Preventing storm drains from becoming blocked
- Protecting animals from ingesting or getting tangled in litter
- Beautifying Boulder
Make a difference, contact Kristin Libberton, Water Education Specialist, at 303-413-7386 or via email at
Flood Unit 4: "Flood Forces"
This interactive worksheet introduces students to various scenarios; getting them to think critically about floods, their affects and how to respond in a flood event.
"Flood Forces" student worksheet
"Flood Forces" Special Teacher's Guide
Flood Unit 4 "Floods Happen"
"Floods Happen" student guide
"Floods Happen" Computer Lab extention activity
"Floods Happen" Teacher's guide
Operation Water Festival
This annual festival, held at the University of Colorado, highlights the importance of water with various fun,interactive and informative activities!
Water Festival Welcome - Teachers
Unit 1 (Basic Water Intelligence) Teacher's Guide
Unit 1 Student
Unit 2 (Water Watchers) Teacher's Guide
Unit 2 Student
Unit 3 (Pollution Patrol) Teacher's Guide
Unit 3 Student
Unit 4 (Flood Forces) Teacher's Guide
Unit 4 Student
Water Wizard Trivia - Teacher's Guide
Water Wizard Trivia - Student's Study Guide
Water Festival Blue Book
Additional Resource Curricula
Watershed Resource Guide
Training program for teachers wishing to implement the WatershEd curriculum into their classroom curriculum. This award-winning WatershED curriculum "localizes" water information and includes information on community projects.
Boulder Creek Interpretive Trail Guide, "Water Critters and More"
Trail guide complete with information about Boulder Creek and the animals that live in and around it. The guide includes extension activities for your classroom.
Water Resources Library:
Children's literature, teacher resource guides, videos, water quality testing kits, aquatic insect study equipment and more are available for check out. To request a bibliography of children's literature on water conservation, contact Steve Noud at
Science Fair Project Support
Are your students looking for ideas and resources regarding the water cycle, pollution, conservation, source water protection and/or water quality? We can share some ideas, connect students with local scientists and assist students as they develop their projects.
Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN)
This website includes the WatershED curriculum and comprehensive information about the Boulder Creek Watershed, past and present.
Additional Water Resources on the Web
Get to Know Your H2O!
K -12 teachers, do you want to meet your school's standards in a fun and engaging way? Join the Keep It Clean Partnership for a two-day teacher workshop where you will learn all about the Boulder Creek / Saint Vrain watersheds. Participate in hands-on activities and receive resources for incorporating water education into your classroom curriculum. Learn where your water comes from, how to measure dissolved oxygen, where to find aquatic insects and more. Water conservation, storm water pollution prevention, and community involvement will also be covered.
Participants who complete the workshop will receive the Project WET resource guide, a collection of innovative, water-related activities that are interdisciplinary, hands-on, easy to use, and FUN to do with your students. (A $40 value FREE!).
Get To Know Your H2O! Teacher Workshop flyer.
Workshop benefits include:
CDE License credit available. Call your school district for more information.
Graduate credit from Colorado School of Mines is available. One credit will be available to those who attend both days. Lots of fun, outdoor activities, free education resources, and opportunities to network with local water quality professionals and other teachers. Fabulous prizes!
For more information about this training, contact Steve Noud at 303-413-7386 or email:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:04