School Programs

Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Programs
Alachua County Environmental Protection Water Programs
Rain Down the Drain- 
Staff brings the Enviroscape watershed model for this  interactive, hands-on activity. Srudents will learn what storm water pollution is and how they can help reduce it!  This presentation can be adapted for a wide range of audiences from preschool to adult.
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Students will learn simple ways they can save water every day and why it’s important for springs ecosystems, wildlife, and people!  Suggested for 1st-3rd grade.
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Students will learn about the water cycle and will demonstrate how they can protect water quality. Suggested for Kindergarten-1st grade.
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Click HERE for a printable flyer for these programs. To schedule a presentation contact Hollie at 352-264-6827 or hgreer@alachuacounty.us
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Rain Garden Program
Rain Garden Program

Rain Garden Program:

Rain gardens have been installed at Norton, Chiles,Talbot, Lake Forest, and Littlewood Elementary Schools and at Kanapaha and Westwood Middle Schools. As part of the program, students learn about stormwater, where it travels, and what they can do to reduce personal pollution contributions. Students learn that wetlands filter pollution, prevent flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife and  discuss how  rain gardens provide the same benefits at a smaller scale. Students plant the garden with native plants that beautify their campus while capturing and filtering stormwater.

We need volunteers to help schools maintain their rain gardens. If you would like to volunteer, please email Hollie Greer hgreer@alachuacounty.us

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Science Night
Science Night

Each year, one school will be selected to host a water-themed Science Night. Prior to the event, every class receives an age-appropriate presentation on local water resources and  learns about how to prevent personal water pollution. During Science Night, students and their families are invited for an evening of free pizza, games, activities, prizes, and other science exhibitors to celebrate the importance of water and science! Contact us to inquire: hgreer@alachuacounty.us

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The Great Water Odyssey Program
The Great Water Odyssey Program

St. Johns River Water Management District's The Great Water Odyssey Program is designed for 3rd through 5th grade classrooms and uses games and interactive exercises to teach students about water.

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Water’s Journey; The Hidden Rivers of Florida Curriculum Guide
Water’s Journey; The Hidden Rivers of Florida Curriculum Guide

The producers of “Water’s Journey; The Hidden Rivers of Florida” video, Karst Productions, along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection created a curriculum guide to use the video in a classroom to help increase awareness of responsible human action and conservation of our valuable water resources. The curriculum includes support specifically for 6th-8th grade educators.

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