The Watershed Action Program is KIDS for the BAY’s signature program in which students in grades 3-5 learn about their local watershed. Through hands-on science experiments and activities, students learn about watersheds, urban run-off pollution, food chains, bay organisms, and environmental justice. Our Watershed Action Program is designed to turn students onto science, connect students to nature, and inspire students to take action for their environment.
The Watershed Action Program consists of:
- Five classroom lessons
- An environmental action project
- A field trip to a local creek, Bay, delta, or ocean habitat
- Lessons that address California State Science and Social Science Standards
Hands-on classroom activities include creating a clay model of the Bay-Delta Estuary ecosystem, investigating real fish and crab specimens, and playing the Food Chain Game. Field trip activities include collecting and investigating aquatic invertebrates, studying native plants, and creating nature art using chalk pastels.
Students have the opportunity to improve the health of their watershed and educate others about the local environment through an environmental action project. Action projects choices include planting native creek-side trees and wildflowers, conducting water quality tests and reporting findings to the community, and interviewing a local politician about environmental health issues.
The Watershed Action Program is also a teacher-training program. Teachers learn alongside their students and receive both a curriculum guide and an equipment kit to teach the program to future students. Up to eight Continuing Education Units are available through our partnership with California State University East Bay.
Please download the Watershed Action Program Flyer and Application or call KIDS for the BAY for more information.