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Teachers and educators

Looking for ways to incorporate water education into your programming? Need resources for getting your students outside? Maybe you'd like to learn something new about the watershed around you. Explore the links and resources below! 

Let us come to you!

Sign up for a classroom visit and let us know a little about the kind of activity you're looking for. We have a few lesson plans to choose from, and great interactive tools (like the watershed sandbox in this photo). Contact Eleanor to schedule a visit, and we'll work together to plan something fun and inspiring! More info...

Educational Tools Library

Check out our Educational Tools Library! The right tool can make all the difference, and we'd like to share ours with you.  We invite you to borrow them to use in your work as a professional or volunteer. Visit the Educational Tools Library.


Mini grants

Do you have an idea for a lesson plan or activity involving water resources? The watershed district is offering mini grants to help cover the cost of the materials and support your ideas. Grant awards range from $50 to $400 and are available to teachers and informal educators. Applications are accepted throughout the year until funds run out. Learn more

Junior Watershed Explorer

Adventure, observe, take notes! As a Jr Watershed Explorer, your students learn about the world of water around them and can earn an embroidered badge. Learn more


Eleanor Mahon

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Other resources

There are lots of great resources out there for incorporating water topics into teaching, both in the classroom and outdoors. Below are links to some of our favorites from other organizations. Have one you think we should share? Let us know!

Project WET Activity Guide Cover Climate Generation Curricula Waterways Cover

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students.


Bring climate change into your classroom with Climate Generation curricula. They offer a suite of Grades 3-12 resources in the form of curriculum guides, as well as online modules that can be downloaded for free.

Water Ways is free publication from the Minnesota DNR about Minnesota's waters. It is specifically designed for use by classroom teachers, informal educators, and anyone interested in learning about water in Minnesota.