Last Updated: 2/14/17

enews_signup_buttonHere you’ll find excellent resources for understanding and teaching watershed forestry. We have searched the web so you don’t have to! For additions or corrections, please contact Tyler Van Fleet, Watershed Educator at [email protected].

Start with the Watershed Forestry ESSENTIALS below for a collection of great resources that summarize the main themes of WAC’s watershed forestry education programs, including watershed form and function, the NYC Watershed and water supply system, and the role of healthy forests in protecting water quality.


– Water and Watersheds
– Fieldtrips and Virtual Tours
– Plants and Forests
– Trout


– Mapping Your Local Watershed



1) Watershed Forestry Activity Kit
Explore this collection of 22 watershed forestry activities recommended specifically for before and after WAC Watershed Forestry Bus Tour trips.

2) VIDEO – FreshwaterLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure
Source: US Forest Service
Filmed in the Catskill Mountains in the NYC Watershed, the first 15min30sec of this video provides a thorough explanation of the NYC Watershed, including the importance of freshwater, watershed form and function, the roles of trees in protecting water quality, and ways people can help take care of the watershed. More topics are explored in depth, including indicator species, waste water treatment, comparisons to other US watersheds, and more. Specific video clips can be viewed from the FreshWaterLIVE Clips playlist on Youtube. Find associated lesson plans on the FreshWaterLIVE website, too.

3) VIDEO – Living City: A Billion Gallons a Day
Source: The New York Times
This 6.5min video describes the NYC watershed and water supply system through interviews, maps, historic photos, and beautiful video imagery. Topics include watershed history, engineering and technology, maintenance, and how NYC is renowned globally for its clean, forest-filtered urban water supply.

4) VIDEO – Nature Works: To Clean Water
Source: The Nature Conservancy, Nature Works Everywhere
In this 4min video, learn what a watershed is, how the plants in a watershed work to filter water so its clean and healthy enough for us to drink. This video explores how watersheds help people and nature. It also shows students building a water garden to demonstrate the filtering power of a watershed.

5) VIDEO – Forests: The Stuff of Life
Source: The Nature Conservancy, Nature Works Everywhere
In this 4min video, explore the beautiful forests of the northeastern U.S. and discover how forests keep water clean and plentiful for people and wildlife. Learn how healthy, well-managed forests can supply us with the forest products we depend on while also supporting clean water, air and wildlife habitat.

6) HANDOUT – Water and Forests: The Role Trees Play in Water Quality
Source: Educational in Nature
This 6-page, full-color handout includes information on the water cycle, trees as water filters, how watersheds function, definitions of key terms, diagrams, and student activities.

7) WEBSITE – How New York City Gets Its Water
Source: The New York Times
Seven cartoons depict the amazing journey water travels from upstate watersheds to city faucets in this online Explainer. Consider dividing this content among student groups to help guide further research into our world-famous, forest-filtered water supply.


1) YouTube Playlists for Watershed Forestry Education
Source: Watershed Agricultural Council
Browse our growing collection of short videos related to NYC watershed forestry themes. Videos are organized into the following playlists:

– What is a watershed?
– NYC watershed stewardship
– Watershed careers
– Water conservation
– City greening
– Other cities’ watersheds

2) Urban Trees
Source: The Nature Conservancy, Nature Works Everywhere
In this 4.5min video, get a great overview of the environmental benefits of urban trees. See how planting trees in cities helps improve our water and air quality, reduces energy costs, and traps some of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

3) Liminiad
Source: Horticultural Society of New York
This short film (2.5 min) follows a drop of water from the Catskills forest, through the aqueduct, to New York City. See where NYC water comes from, how it is used, and how we can conserve this precious resource.

4) H2 Oh No!
Source: Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
This short (3 min) animated video is about Combined Sewer Overflow. It tells the story of water flowing through the watershed, to the city, and into people’s homes. Then a storm comes and fills up the combined wastewater and sewer system, causing water pollution and harming people and wildlife. Conservation strategies are explored to reduce the overall volume of water in the system, which can minimize these pollution events.

5) A New View of Adirondack Lakes
Source: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook NY
Let your students fly over the forested watersheds of lakes in the Adirondacks. This 6.5 min video shows how scientists collected water samples from remote lakes by scooping up water from a custom-built plane. Aerial views of forests, lakes and mountains let kids “see” a watershed from above.

6) Deep Water: Building of NYC’s Catskill Water System
Source: Ashokan Center & Filmmaker Tobe Carey
This 21min video tells the story of the building of NYC’s Catskill water system during the early 1900s. Through historic photos and interviews, the video reveals the technology, engineering, labor, ecology and human sacrifices that make up the historic and world-renowned NYC water supply system. This video has been edited specifically for students and educational audiences. The original, full-length Deep Water film is available for purchase here. Download the Deep Water Teacher’s Guide here.


1) The Story Behind New York City’s Water Supply (2019)
Source: WAMC Northeast Public Radio
In this 35-minute episode of A New York Minute in History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman detail the early history of NYC’s Croton water supply system. Topics include why the city had to seek a source of clean water outside of the city, how the system was engineered and financed, the workers who constructed the dams and aqueducts, and how water from the Croton Watershed saved New York City and allowed it to be become the financial and cultural capital of the world.

1) Water episode with Adam Bosch (2019)
Source: From Scratch with Michael Ruhlman
In this Water episode of his cooking podcast, cookbook author Michael Ruhlman explores the topic of water with one chef and one non-chef, Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs with NYC-Department of Environmental Protection.  Tune in from 19min40sec to 50min55sec, to hear Adam explain the NYC water supply system.  Topics covered include NYC water supply history (at 26min30sec, travel inside the Old Croton Aqueduct with Sarah Kelsey, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct), water supply system maintenance, water treatment including chlorination and UV disinfection (35min25sec), watershed farm management (39min 20sec), watershed security measures (41min28sec), NYC water chemistry (42min48sec), and the array of NYC-DEP workers who keep the water supply system functioning (45min45sec).

3) NYC Water: An Engineering Marvel (2019)
Source: Stuff Your Should Know
In this 51 minute episode, hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant have a meandering and light-hearted discussion about the history, engineering, operation and reputation of the NYC water supply system and NYC tap water. 

4) The Cost of Our Water (2015)
Source: WNYC Public Radio
In this podcast series, WNYC reporters explore the NYC water supply system (from farms, streams and reservoirs to aqueducts, treatment facilities, and water towers) with a special focus on why water rates have been on the rise and the challenges that face the more than 150-year old system. Listen to the full length 57-minute The Cost of Our Water podcast or choose from the following themed clips:


1) Working Trees for Water Quality
Source: National Agroforestry Center
This is a 6-page, full-color handout about watershed management techniques. Includes information on how different human activities cause pollution in a watershed and ways to live, farm and build on the land to keep the water clean.

2) Watershed Basic Concepts
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This black and white webpage can be printed for background information on watersheds, river systems, the water cycle, living streams, and water quality. Includes black and white diagrams.

3) NYC Watershed & Water Supply System Background Readings
Source: NYC-Department of Environmental Protection
This list of links to readings about the history and function of the NYC Watershed and water supply system is compiled for students participating in the DEP’s annual Art and Poetry contents.

4) Collection of Scientific Articles about Water
Source: Natural Inquirer: A Middle School Science Education Journal
Check out this page with links to all of the Natural Inquirer’s water-related articles. These are great resources for addressing Common Core Standards and English Language Arts with your science explorations!

5) NYC’s Wastewater Treatment System
Source: NYC DEP
This excellent web resource explains how NYC deals with wastewater, including the size, location, and design of each wastewater treatment plant, as well as details on the final destination of the byproduct sludge. For information on visiting a wastewater treatment plant, see the Field Trips and Virtual Tours section.

6) NYC Watershed & Supply System Poster
Source: The Horticultural Society of New York
This banner-style poster can be viewed digitally or printed and hung on the wall. It traces the path that NYC water travels from forested watershed to 9 million consumers through the display of important facts, photos, diagrams, and map.

7) Newsela – Leveled News Articles
Source: Newsela
Each non-fiction article is offered at multiple reading levels so students can study the same content and learn at their own pace while teachers save time. Search for articles about science, arts & culture, and health or find text sets to meet different instructional needs, from reading level, to specific reading skills, to bilingual.

8) DOGO News
Source: DOGO Media
Online network engaging kids with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment. Search for news articles and book and movie reviews by and for kids. Filter for science and environmental content, too.


1) The Catskills: A Sense of Place (3-12th grades)
Source: The Catskills Center
This fantastic curriculum is made up of 6 modules listed below. Each module is divided into lessons also listed below. Each lesson includes multiple activities that are engaging, place-based and designed to help students explore and understand the natural and cultural dimensions of the Catskills and the NYC watershed region. At the end of each module, find a glossary of key terms and resource list, including books, teaching materials, websites, people, and places to visit.

1) Water Resources
– Introduction to Water
– Stream Watch
– Taking Care of Our Watershed
– New York City Watershed

2) Geography & Geology
– Introduction to Geology
– Introduction to Geography
– How do the Catskills Stand Out?Physical Geography of The Catskills

3) Ecosystems (This Module includes background information only. No activities)
– Biodiversity in the Catskills
– Organism Functions
– Ecosystem Functions
– Living in an Ecosystem

4) Human History (This Module includes background information only. No activities)
– Native People
– European Settlement
– Industry
– Hotels and Recreation

5) Culture & Arts
– Native Traditions
– Art and Literature of the Romantic Period
– Art Colonies
– Appreciating Folk Traditions
– Characteristics of Catskill Mountain Communities

6) Sustainable Catskills
– Sustainable Energy
– Sustainable Water Use
– Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
– Sustainable Living and Shopping

2) Nature Works Everywhere (K-12th grades)
Source: The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy’s library of lessons related to water, forests, gardens, soil, wildlife, etc. Find links to lesson plans, associated videos and other media. Lessons specifically related to watersheds and watershed forestry:

– How Natural Areas Filter Water
– Garden Activity Guide: Water
– Urban Trees
– Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Introduction to Sustainable Forestry
– Meet the Scientist: Bill Patterson (Maine North Woods, Forest Conservation)
– Meet the Scientist: Bill Toomey (Urban Forestry, Forest Health Protection)
– Meet the Scientist: Yu Jie (Reforestation and Climate Change in China)

3) Protecting Our Water Resources: Student Activities for the Classroom (K-9th grades)
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This activity guide includes 11 water pollution lessons that help students understand the definition of water pollution using the basic principles of science and mathematics. The lessons are organized into 3 levels:

Level 1 Lessons (K-3rd grades)
– What is a Watershed?
– Create your Own Water Cycle
– Get the Dirt Out!

Level 2 Lessons (4-6th grades)
– Too Many Nutrients
– Pond Scum
– From Streets to Streams
– How Much Water Falls Here?

Level 3 Lessons (7-9th grades)
– The Effect of Turbidity on Light Penetration
– Septic Tanks
– Decaying Substances and Water Pollution
– Point vs. Nonpoint Source Pollution

4) Growing Native: Get Nuts for Clean Water! (4-8th grades)
Source: Potomac Conservancy
The Growing Native Education Guide includes practical watershed lessons and stewardship activities. It is focused on the Potomac River Watershed in the Washington D.C. area and the lessons are easily adapted for other locations. The guide is divided into four main sections that include lessons that are cross-discipline, interactive and in-depth.

1) Our Potomac River Watershed
2) Understanding Our Forests
3) Improving Our Potomac’s Water Quality
4) Becoming Stewards of Our Environment

5) Watershed Academy: Online Training in Watershed Topics (9-12th grade & adult)
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The Watershed Academy is the EPA’s Distance Learning Program. The website offers a variety of self-paced training modules that offer a basic and broad introduction to watershed topics. The modules are organized by 7 themes and are appropriate for high school students or adult learners. Modules can be viewed online or downloaded as PDFs. Modules contain excellent diagrams, pictures, definitions and examples of key terms.

1) Healthy Aquatic Systems and Ecosystem Services
2) Watershed Ecology
3) Watershed Change
4) Analysis and Planning
5) Watershed Management Practices
6) Community and Society
7) Water Laws

6) Project Learning Tree (K-12th grades)
Source: American Forest Foundation
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth. You must attend a training to receive full access to the activity guides. Attend WAC’s Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers to receive training and the guide. Find out about other Project Learning Tree trainings through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

7) Project WET: Water Education for Teachers
Source: Project WET Foundation
The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. Some resources are free and available online, others are available for sale, including Project WET’s award-winning Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, and other Educator Guides full of activities about watersheds, water quality, floods and water conservation, plus maps, posters and more. Attend WAC’s Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers to receive training and the guide. Find out about other Project WET trainings through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


TOPIC: Water and Watersheds

1) Activity: What is your Water Footprint?
Source: National Geographic
With the help of an animated duck, take a water tour through your home, yard, diet, energy, and shopping choices to find out how much water you use compared to the average American. This interactive questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete. Once you know the size of your water footprint, take the pledge to conserve more water to help return more water to nature.

2) Lesson: Earth’s Water as an Apple
Source: Nature Bridge
This activity will help students understand how land and water are connected on the planet. Students will be able to examine the Earth’s water systems from a global perspective.

3) Lesson: Crumple a Watershed
Source: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Similar to “Make a Paper Watershed” but includes background reading, extensions and visual instructions. Students gain an intuitive knowledge of the physical aspects of watersheds by creating their own simple models.

4) Lesson: In Your Watershed (6-8th grades)
Source: National Geographic
Students learn the components of a watershed, identify examples of point and nonpoint source pollution, and then build a 3-D watershed model. Website includes downloadable worksheet “Components of a Watershed,” vocabulary list with definitions, and slideshow of related photographs.

5) Lesson: Water Wash
Source: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
This 1-hour lesson explores watershed function, ground water contributions, flooding, and nonpoint source pollution.

6) Activity: Watershed Quest
Source: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
The Watershed Quest Unit is an integrated-curriculum unit that culminates with the creation of a watershed quest, a treasure hunt centered on a watershed in your community. The quest involves sharing and learning information about watersheds in general and about the watershed in the region where the students live.

7) Activity: The Watershed Game (board game)
Source: University of Minnesota Extension
The Watershed Game helps students understand connections between land use, clean water and their community. Working in teams, students apply practices, plans, and policies to decrease water pollution while juggling financial resources. Successful teams reduce water pollution without going broke. Available in free downloadable PDF parts. Boxed sets also available for purchase.

8) Activity: The Watershed Game (online game)
Source: Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center
In this interactive game, learn about different ways that humans impact their watershed and explore ways to help clean it up. When you click on different parts of the watershed map, you are presented with scenarios and asked to make choices about the best way to reduce environmental problems. Answer questions correctly to help clean-up the watershed!

9) Green Infrastructure Education Module
Source: NYC-DEP
Where does rainwater go? What happens to precipitation and runoff on NYC streets? How can we help understand and manage storm water runoff? Check out the DEP’s Green Infrastructure Education Module to discover interactive, multi-disciplinary, STEM lessons and activities that introduce students and educators to New York City’s hidden infrastructure and innovative green infrastructure techniques that help transport and manage our wastewater and storm water.

10) Give Water a Hand
Source: University of Wisconsin Environmental Resources Center
Use this excellent guide to help your students investigate water issues in your community and plan actions to help protect your water resources. Give Water a Hand activities are presented in two publications—the youth Action Guide for ages 9-14 (also available in Spanish) and the accompanying Leader Guidebook. These easy-to-follow, illustrated guides help youth organize and carry out effective action-oriented projects

11) Lessons: Watershed Lessons from Teaching the Hudson Valley
Source: Teaching the Hudson Valley
Teaching the Hudson Valley helps educators discover, appreciate, and share the region’s natural, historic, and cultural treasures with children and youth. Launched in 2003, their growing searchable, online collection of free k-12 lesson plans use Hudson Valley sites to teach many subjects including environment, science, math and social studies. 

TOPIC: Fieldtrips and Virtual Tours

12) Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher’s Guide to Using School Grounds for Environmental Studies
Source: ERIC Institute of Education Sciences
Access this book free online. From investigating tree bark, grasses, and invertebrates to observing succession, sound, weather and climate, this time-tested book by Helen Ross Russell was first published in 1973 and is now available as a free online PDF.

13) Outdoor Biological Instructional Strategies (OBIS)
Source: Lawrence Hall of Science
Free online PDF lesson plans for 53 outdoor environmental education activities. This outdoor education program was developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science to help adults (teachers, parents, community leaders) take young people outdoors to experience ecological principles in their local area. These simple experiences act as a gateway for children and adults to explore and understand their local environment.

14) Explorable Places – Find Great Fieldtrips
Source: Explorable Places New website for New York City teachers and parents
Developed by a teacher, the Explorable Places website is designed to make finding high-quality, curriculum-boosting fieldtrips simple and easy. Search by subject, grade, activity, etc. or browse their interactive map. Check out their blog series for quick references to free, outdoor science, and short park fieldtrips, funding tips and more.

15) NYC-DEP’s RecMapper
Source: NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Use this online mapping tool to find protected watershed land that’s open to the public for recreation activities like fishing, hiking, hunting and more. Recreation opportunities have continued to increase as more properties are protected.

16) Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
Source: NYC DEP
Both the Visitor Center and the Waterfront Nature Walk at New York City’s largest Wastewater Treatment Plant are open for school visits. To schedule a Visitor Center field trip, fill out the form on the Visitor Center webpage detailing your goals. The walk is open to the public. For more information about NYC’s wastewater treatment facilities, see the handouts section.

17) Water Ecology & Engineering Tours for NYC Schools
Source: NYC-H2O
NYC-H2O offers free walking tours of NYC’s historic reservoirs in all 5 boroughs. Tour guides engage students in outdoor activities that explore NYC water, history, engineering and ecology. Tours are free; reservations require a $50 deposit, refunded once your class completes the tour. Fall and spring tours offered.

18) Take a Fieldtrip to the American Museum of Natural History to teach Watershed Forestry
Source: NYC Watershed Teachers and Watershed Agricultural Council
In January, 2015, teachers gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to develop teaching materials to help guide student discovery of watershed forestry themes in the museum’s permanent exhibits. As you plan your visit to the museum (free for NYC students!), review these Exhibit Guides for ideas about high-engagement activities for your students to complete before, during and after the fieldtrip.

New York State Environment Exhibit
North American Forests Exhibit
Hall of Biodiversity Exhibit
Hall of Planet Earth Exhibit

19) Explore Watersheds
Source: Project WET Water Education for Teacher
Explore watersheds though this fun online activity platform. Discover the natural features of a watershed and how different human activities impact it. Type in your zip code for information about your local watershed. Watch a video of kids making a model of a watershed, quiz your knowledge, get tips on how to take action, and print out Field Notebook pages for student reflection and more activities.

20) Virtual Forest Tour in the NYC Watershed
Source: Watershed Agricultural Council
Take an online virtual tour of the Frost Valley YMCA Model Forest, a 240-acre “living classroom” in the Catskills region of the NYC watershed. Click through an interactive map to see pictures and read descriptions of different parts of the forest, including trees, wildlife, Best Management Practices that keep water clean, forest management techniques, and facts about natural and human history.

21) Virtual Farm Tour in the NYC Watershed
Source: Watershed Agricultural Council
Take an online virtual tour of a farm in the Catskills region of the NYC watershed. Click through an interactive map to see pictures and read descriptions of different parts of the farm, including barns, fields, woodlots, animals, Best Management Practices that keep water clean, farm management techniques, and farm conservation tools.

22) Bronx River Virtual Tour
Source: NYC Parks Department
Watch a brief video introduction about the Bronx River and then navigate to different points along the river to view 360-degree views of the environment. The Bronx River begins at the outlet of the Kensico Reservoir and Dam, which is part of the NYC drinking water supply system. Use the tour to make observations about different types of riparian (stream-side) ecosystems, amounts of vegetation and levels of human impact. Guide students to make predictions water quality, pollution sources and levels, stream health, and stewardship activities along the river. Contact the Bronx River Alliance for additional resources.

TOPIC: Plants and Forests

23) The NYC Street Tree Map
Source: NYC Parks Department
This online interactive map brings New York City’s urban forest to your fingertips. For the first time, you have access to information about every street tree in New York City. Learn about the trees that make up our city’s urban forest, understand the benefits of trees for water, air and carbon sequestration and see calculations for the ecological benefits of city trees, mark trees as favorites and share them with your friends, and record and share all of your caretaking and tree stewardship activities.

24) Lesson: Go With the Flow (6-12th grade)
Source: Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, New Hampshire
Appropriate for middle and high school Earth science, ecology and environmental science classes. Does more water flow out of a watershed when trees are removed? By graphing and analyzing data to answer this question, students will think about the role that trees and transpiration play in the water cycle. Go with the Flow is a multi-part lesson, and all or parts of it may be used. The graphing exercise is the heart of the lesson, but an introductory slideshow and reading (with questions) are also provided, which provide important background information on the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, ecosystem-level experimental design and the water cycle.

25) Activity: The Numbered Forest
Source: Green Teacher
Numbering trees in the schoolyard or in a nearby woodland opens the door to a variety of activities.

26) Activity: Guide for Taking a Walk in the Forest
Source: The National Zoo
This is a worksheet that guides forest walkers to open their eyes, ears, and noses to life in the forest by exploring a local forest or woodland.

27) Activity: Tree Care Handbook
Source: The New York Restoration Project
Start caring for your local trees with the help of this clear and comprehensive guide for urban tree care that is appropriate for students. The guide covers the basics of tree anatomy, tree ID, tree threats and tree care in New York City.

28) Activity: Tree Jeopardy Game (8-12th grades)
Source: Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program, Rhode Island
Student teams compete in a classic Jeopardy-style game. Questions reinforce forestry concepts in a fun way that will encourage critical thinking and inspire an effective, well-informed poster

29) Parts-to-Whole: Terrific Trees (Lesson Plan & Student Worksheet)
Source: Taura McMeekin, P.S. 164
In this lesson, students will act out the anatomy of a tree in order to understand the structure and function of the different parts of a tree. Try challenging students to summarize the different ways that water is used and transported by different tree parts. Connect these observations to watershed forestry, since it’s the function of trees that filters and cleans the water in a watershed.

TOPIC: Trout

30) Lesson Archive: Trout in the Classroom Online Lesson Archive
Source: Trout in the Classroom
Trout in the Classroom teachers have uploaded their favorite lessons related to the Trout in the Classroom experience, including different subject areas like science, math, social studies, and language arts. Browse by subject and by topic.

31) Stream Macroinvertebrate ID Cards
Digital cards are available for free download. High school students in career and technical education programs at DCMO BOCES collected, identified, photographed, and designed digital identification cards of stream insects and aquatic macroinvertebrates to be helpful to groups that monitor stream health by collecting and identifying these organisms.


1) MyWoodlot
Source: Watershed Agricultural Council
This online tool helps you learn about and take care of the woods. MyWoodlot starts with 10 broad interests like Nature, Recreation, and Water Quality that are broken down into goals and activities. Every activity includes links to the how-to information you need to complete it. Find information on forest health, water quality and wildlife and learn how to do stewardship projects like removing invasive species, planting trees, growing a pollinator or rain garden, and encouraging more wildlife in the woods.

2) WatershEducator
Source: Catskills Watershed Corporation (CWC)
This website organizes a wealth of resources into the following categories: Programs and Resources, Field Trip Ideas, Funding Sources, and Watershed Educational Links.

3) NYC-DEP Environmental Education
Source: NYC-Department of Environmental Protection
This website contains information about NYC-DEP school programs, including education modules, maps, resources, events, contests, fieldtrips and more. This list of links will lead you to comprehensive background information and data on the NYC Watershed and water supply system.

4) Watersheds, Flooding and Pollution
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA)
This rich website includes educational resources about watersheds for K-12th grade teachers. Check out the menu of resources in the left column. Resource categories include: 1. Multimedia; 2. Lessons & Activities; 3. Real World Data; 4. Background Information.

5) The Water Page
Source: Water Policy International
This page is a treasure trove of facts, lists, information, tips, and water conservation programs well suited for classrooms. The Water Page is an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use.

6) USGS Water Science School website
Source: U.S. Geological Service
This rich website offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can share opinions and test your water knowledge. Check out these watershed topics in particular: Surface Water, Groundwater, Water Quality and Water Use.

7) National Tree Benefit Calculator – The Value of a Single Tree
Source: Casey Trees and Davey Tree Expert Co.
Enter the species and diameter at breast height of a street tree and the calculator gives a detailed and highly accessible breakdown of the tree’s monetary benefit including energy savings (trees help cool the environment), air quality, CO2, storm water, and property value.

TOPIC: Mapping Your Local Watershed

8) Find Your Watershed
Source: US EPA
Input your zip code or choose your state to find your local watershed area. The website displays a watershed map and information about watershed health, stream flow, and pollution.

9) Zoom in on Your Local Watershed
Source: US Geological Survey
This is a great tool to help students understand that their small local watershed is contained within bigger watersheds. Begin with a national map to choose your largest-scale regional watershed. Clicking on your region causes the map to zoom to successively smaller watersheds.

10) WaterWatch: Maps of Current Stream Flow, Drought and Floods by Region
Source: US Geological Survey
Search by region to see stream flow levels for today compared to average. The website creates clear maps ideal for temporal comparisons and water availability discussions.


1) Watershed Forestry Bus Tour Grant Program
Source: Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC)
Apply for funding to visit the NYC watershed. Choose from 1 of 4 Bus Tour options, including the Green Connections Program, which funds partnerships between upstate schools and downstate schools to explore collaboratively the waters, forests and people of the NYC watershed.

2) Watershed Education Grants
Source: The Catskills Watershed Corporation (CWC)
The Catskills Watershed Corporation (CWC), in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), provides Watershed Education Grants to schools, libraries, museums, vocational institutions and non-profit organizations in the West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed and in the five boroughs of New York City. The grants are targeted to Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade audiences and their teachers. Applications are accepted annually in the spring.

3) Explore Awards
Source: Teaching the Hudson Valley
Fieldtrip funding grant available for groups based in the Hudson Valley wanting to visit cultural, historic and/or natural sites within the Hudson Valley. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted online at least 6-weeks before planned trip.

4) GreenWorks Grants
Source: Project Learning Tree
If you have you attended at Project Learning Tree (PLT) training, including WAC’s Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers then you’re eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks grant for up to $1,000. Grants are awarded to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. Applications due in September and funding is distributed in December.

5) Donors Choose for Public School Teachers
Source: Donors Choose is an online charity to help students in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests on the site, and donors can give any amount to the projects that most inspire them. When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials get shipped to the school.

6) Field Trip Grants from Target
Source: Target
Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools in the United States. Each grant is valued up to $700 and grant applications are accepted between 12:00pm Aug. 1 and 12:00pm Sept. 30 (Central Standard Time).