Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Programs
Rain Down the Drain-
The Enviroscape desktop model is used for a hands-on, interactive presentation that explains storm water pollution and some simple ways we can help reduce it! This presentation can be adapted for a wide range of audiences from preschool to adult.
What is a wetland and why are they important? This hands-on model will demonstrate the way wetlands help filter pollutants, prevent flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife and plant species. We will discuss local examples of wetlands including natural and human-made treatment wetlands. Suggested for 2nd grade to adult.
Students will learn simple ways they can save water every day and why it’s important for springs ecosystems, wildlife, and people! Suggested for 1st-3rd grade.
Build knowledge of the aquifer and springs, and learn how to protect these important water resources, then compete in teams in the Springs Jeopardy challenge. Suggested for 6th grade to adult.
Explore the water cycle and the importance of clean water to aquatic creatures. Follow the path of water from clouds down to streets, to storm drains and through creeks, and ultimately into the aquifer and out of our faucets! Suggested for 1st-3rd grade.
Rain Garden Program
Rain Garden Program-
Rain gardens have been installed at Norton, Chiles,Talbot, Lake Forest, and Littlewood Elementary Schools and at Kanapaha and Westwood Middle Schools. As part of the program, students learn about stormwater, where it travels, and what they can do to reduce personal pollution contributions. Students learn that wetlands filter pollution, prevent flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife and discuss how rain gardens provide the same benefits at a smaller scale. Students plant the garden with native plants that beautify their campus while capturing and filtering stormwater.
We need volunteers to help schools maintain their rain gardens. If you would like to volunteer, please email Hollie Greer email@example.com
Each year, one school will be selected to host a water-themed Science Night. Prior to the event, every class receives an age-appropriate presentation on local water resources and learns about how to prevent personal water pollution. During Science Night, students and their families are invited for an evening of free pizza, games, activities, prizes, and other science exhibitors to celebrate the importance of water and science! Contact us to inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Water Odyssey Program
St. Johns River Water Management District's The Great Water Odyssey Program is designed for 3rd through 5th grade classrooms and uses games and interactive exercises to teach students about water.
Water’s Journey; The Hidden Rivers of Florida Curriculum Guide
The producers of “Water’s Journey; The Hidden Rivers of Florida” video, Karst Productions, along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection created a curriculum guide to use the video in a classroom to help increase awareness of responsible human action and conservation of our valuable water resources. The curriculum includes support specifically for 6th-8th grade educators.