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What You Can Do: In your Classroom
Online educational resources from EPA and other federal agencies
Teachers and students can work to reduce and prevent nutrient pollution in their communities. Check out these resources for use in the classroom.
- Adopt Your Watershed
Information about environmental educational materials related to watersheds and water quality protection.
- National Estuaries Teacher Web Page
- Wetlands Education
- "After the Storm" Television Special
A half-hour television special about watersheds produced by EPA and The Weather Channel.
- Watershed Academy
The Watershed Academy offers a variety of training resources on watershed-related issues including self-paced training modules, webcasts, live training courses and certification.
- Sources of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution
- Solution to Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution
- Non-point Source Articles and Activities for Middle School Students
- Nonpoint Source Kids Page
- Ideas for Science Fair Projects About Surface Water Quality (PDF) (2 pp, 338K, About PDF)
Bring attention to surface water quality problems by exploring some of these science fair project ideas.
- Nonpoint Source Activities and Lessons for Middle School Students
- "Streams in the City"
These exercises are designed to guide a student to an understanding of how rainfall and storm events result in runoff over the surface of the earth.
- "Improving Old MacDonald's Farm"
Students work through calculations to determine how much fertilizer is needed to meet a plant's nutrient requirements. Students then draw conclusions about the most cost-effective and environmentally sound farming practices.
- "Stop Pointless Personal Pollution"
This is a set of exercises on how everyday chores can harm your streams and lakes. They emphasize personal participation and creation of a program in your community.
- "Join a Stream Team"
Activities offer students the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of waterbodies and pollution, including aquatic life (indicator species), local concerns, and public outreach through research, teamwork, and role-playing exercises.
- "Streams in the City"
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Non-point Source Pollution Kit Information for teachers on non-point source pollution
- U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Information for Students and Teachers Educational materials for various ages and grades.
Educational resources from non-government organizations
- Classroom Earth Exit
Links to the top environmental education resources from the National Environmental Education Foundation.
- Educating Young People About Water Exit
Site resources include a database of water education curricula and guides to help educators develop water education programs.
- Secret Agent Worms Exit
An interactive non-point source educational experience for third through sixth graders.
- Center for Global Environmental Education: Waters to the Sea Series Exit
Award-winning, interactive presentations and activities for exploring some of America's premier river systems, the forces that shape them, the problems they face and the solutions that can make a difference.
- Earth GaugeTM Exit
Earth Gauge is a free environmental information service for broadcast meteorologists in major US media markets, based on the three to five day forecast. The service is designed to make it easy to talk about the links between weather and the environment on-air with simple factoids and viewer action tips. Includes an interactive learning module on watersheds.
- EE-Link: Environmental Education on the Internet Exit
EE-Link is a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education. The site contains projects, classroom activities, lesson plans, environmental facts and data, curriculum guides and many other resources.
- North American Association for Environmental Education Exit
Learn about the activities of a very active and knowledgeable environmental education association.
- National Marine Educators Association Exit
The National Marine Educators Association brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of both fresh and salt water and provides a focus for marine and aquatic studies all over the world.