We want to support the teachers, parents, and students in our community who are continuing to learn while practicing social distancing at home. Below is a list of some of our favorite activities on water conservation and related topics that work well outside of a traditional classroom setting.
- How much water do you use?
Estimate your home water use using an interactive, online water calculator from Home Water Works that shows you where you could be more efficient and offers simple conservation tips that save water and energy.
- Meter and leak hunt
Decode your utility usage and learn ways to conserve by going on a meter and leak hunt. This hands-on STEM activity is available in Spanish and English from STEM HERO.
- Drop in the bucket
This interactive, online lesson from Project WET guides upper elementary and middle school students through calculating the amount of fresh, drinkable water on the planet.
Our local water system
Seattle’s regional water system provides clean, reliable, drinking water to over 1.5 million people including the customers of Saving Water Partnership utilities.
These informational videos produced by Seattle Public Utilities provide a behind-the-scenes look at our regional water system.
- Cedar River Watershed Education Center
Now you can experience the watershed from anywhere! Explore the Cedar River Watershed Education Center’s online learning site to dive into topics related to our watershed and drinking water.
By practicing natural gardening and yard care we can build healthy soil and landscape ecosystems that support healthy and resilient plants that need less water from people in order to thrive.
- Soil your undies challenge
The “Soil Your Undies” challenge was created by Oregon farmers, working with their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service, as a fun way to build public interest in soil health. And it makes a great, memorable activity for students who want to test the health of their local soil.
- Gardening with youth
With many of us spending more time at home, you might be thinking about starting a garden or cultivating one you already have. Tilth Alliance has a great list of resources for Pacific Northwest gardeners of any age and at any scale – urban farming to container gardening.
- Nature Lab
Nature Lab is a project of The Nature Conservancy featuring curriculum, videos, and activities on a variety of environmental themes. To help youth understand and connect to natural gardening principles we particularly enjoy their How Dirt Works and Urban Habitat: Biodiversity in Our Cities videos.
Watersheds and ecosystems
- Seeing watersheds
This interactive, online lesson from Project WET helps upper elementary and middle school students define a watershed and explore the role watersheds play in our ecosystems and communities.
- Ecosystem Interdependence: Managing Salmon
This lesson plan from Nature Lab and The Nature Conservancy features the video Healthy Dinner, Healthy Forests and helps students understand why salmon are a keystone species and make connections between healthy salmon populations, healthy watersheds, and healthy forests.