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With the help of the Regional Stormwater Programís Public Education Task Force, the North Central Texas Council of Governments is compiling a list of helpful links for environmental educators related to stormwater issues. If you have any suggestions for additions, please send them our way!

 

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Name: Adventures of Wally the Water Molecule
Organization: Ross A Lurgio Middle School
Grade Level: 3,4,5,6 
Topic(s): Water Quality
Resource Type: Video
Description: A video that follows a water molecule through the photosynthesis process.
Link: http://www.schooltube.com/video/d235cb8c44c6bea55a48/Adventures-of-Wally-the-Water-Molecule
Name: Air Quality Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: An activity book designed that guides high school students through non-point source pollution prevention by focusing on the reduction of pullutants and wastes at their source.
Link: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31854.pdf
Name: A-Way with Waste
Organization: Washington Dep. Of Ecology
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: A curriculum that presents integrated waste management concepts with activities designed to solve waste management problems at home, in school, and in the community.
Link: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/97200.pdf
Name: Be Flood Safe
Organization: Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority
Grade Level: K,1,2,3 
Topic(s): Flood Safety
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: This activity book teaches children about flood safety, conserving water, and protecting riparian habitat areas.
Link: http://www.semswa.org/uploads/FileLinks/91813e4557d04799856a8df44d1861b4/SEMSWA_Activity_Book_final.pdf
Name: Captain Hydro
Organization: East Bay Municipal Utility Distric
Grade Level: 3,4,5,6 
Topic(s): Water Conservation
Resource Type: Workbook
Description: Activity book that covers the water cycle, water quality, and water conservation in the form of a fun comic book.
Link: http://www.plainviewwater.org/Kids%20Corner/Captain%20Hydro.pdf
Name: Cease the Grease
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: General Public,Commercial Businesses,Home Owner 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Video
Description: Series of videos by NCTCOG about keeping used oil out of the sanitary sewer system. Includes a lighthearted video about a woman who clogs her frain, as well as several informational videos.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL87E74E9AAA24EDAF
Name: Community Gardening Project
Organization: University of Illinois Extension
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 
Topic(s): Community Garden
Resource Type: Programs
Description: Community garden resources and related educational opportunities.
Link: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/cgp/
Name: Dallas Storm Water Management
Organization: City of DallasLocal
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Water Quality
Resource Type: Activities
Description: Educational resources for students and teachers about stormwater pollution and daily actions that residents can take to help prevent it.
Link: http://dallascityhall.com/departments/trinitywatershedmanagement/wheredoesitgo/Pages/For-Students-and-Teachers.aspx
Name: Defend Your Drains
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12,General Public,Home Owner 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Information Page, Video
Description: Provides information about what should and should not go into household drains. There is a resources page with educational videos from a variety of sources. The site also provides an interactive map of Fats, Oils, and Grease recycling locations.
Link: http://www.defendyourdrainsnorthtexas.com/
Name: Environmental Education in the Community Garden
Organization: American Community Gardening Association
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 
Topic(s): Community Garden
Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: A collection of lesson plans that can be used in a community garden setting.
Link: https://communitygarden.org/programs/environmental-education-community-garden/
Name: Environmental Health Education
Organization: Idaho Dep. Of Health and Welfare
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Environmental Health
Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: This book includes lesson plans for all grade levels that focused topics such as hazardous substances, chemicals, and pollution.
Link: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/Lesson%20Plans-Reduced%20File%20Size.pdf
Name: Environmental Health Student Curriculum and Lesson Plans
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: 4,5,6,7,8 
Topic(s): Environmental Health
Resource Type: Curriculum, Lesson Plans
Description: This nine-lesson program was designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their environmental risk
Link: https://www.epa.gov/children/student-curriculum
Name: Evironmental Programs
Organization: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Watershed
Resource Type: Programs
Description: The Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education, located in New Jersey, offers many hands-on environmental education opportunities for students, educators, and families.
Link: https://thewatershed.org/education/
Name: Field Guide to Water Education
Organization: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Water Quality
Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: This guide is for use by instructors with students of all ages, and includes an introduction to the water cycle, aquatic life, and water pollution.
Link: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/p2/Education/Water
Name: Freddy the Fish
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: 3,4,5,6 
Topic(s): Watershed, Water Quality, Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Video
Description: Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution.
Link: https://youtu.be/jjPfLhJbdc0
Source: http://www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/program-areas/public_education/index.asp
Name: Hold the Mold
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: 5,6,7,8 
Topic(s): Environmental Health
Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: Lesson plan for middle school students on mold.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/students/hold-mold-lesson-plan
Name: How's My Waterway?
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12,General Public 
Topic(s): Water Quality, Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Information Page
Description: Interactive online map that allows users to axplore various parameters of water quality for bodies of water in their area
Link: https://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/
Name: Hudson Rivers Creatures Activity Book
Organization: NY Department of Health
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4 
Topic(s): Water Quality
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: A fun activity book that outlines fish advisories, water quality, and biodiversity in the Hudson River.
Link: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2718.pdf
Name: 'Illicit Discharge' Detective Video
Organization: City of Greenville, South Carolina
Grade Level: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,General Public 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention, Water Quality, Environmental Health
Resource Type: Video
Description: Fun detective-themed video about illicit discharges into storm drains.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ubsys6AZY
Name: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Air Quality
Resource Type: Programs
Description: IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan to improve indoor air problems at little- or no-cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/indoor-air-quality-tools-schools-action-kit
Name: Know Your Water
Organization: Texas Water Development Board
Grade Level: K,1,2,3 
Topic(s): Water conservation, Pollution Prevention, Solid/Hazardous Waste, Stewardship
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: Join the adventures of a quartet of Texas critters as they teach you about good at-home water stewardship practices.
Link: http://www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/program-areas/public_education/TWDB-Know-your-H2O.pdf
Name: Landscape for Life - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and United States Botanic Garden
Organization: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and United States Botanic Garden
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,General Public,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Community Garden, Environmental Health
Resource Type: Activities
Description: Free Landscape For Life™ (LFL) ‘Train the Trainer’ webinar series (five 2-hour webinars). This training offers helpful teaching tips and tools that show you how to effectively utilize the LFL instructor’s manual.
Link: http://landscapeforlife.org/
Name: Lead Blockers
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 
Topic(s): Environmental Health
Resource Type: Lesson Plans
Description: Lesson plan for teachers on lead and health.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/students/lead-blockers-lesson-plan
Name: NCTCOG/Regional Stormwater Management Program/Texas SmartScape
Organization: Texas SmartScapeNCTCOG
Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Water Quality
Resource Type: Activities, Programs, Curriculum
Description: A presentation on the 12 lessons students can learn from SmartScape.
Link: http://www.nctcog.org/envir/seeclean/stormwater/pubs/presentations/smartscape-for-students-05.pdf
Name: Only Rain Down the Drain
Organization: Washington Dep. Of Ecology
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Toolkit
Description: Videos and a toolkit focused on water quality, stormwater pollution, watersheds, and spills.
Link: http://www.onlyraindownthedrain.com/
Name: Outreach Template - Landscape Best Management Practices
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12,General Public,Commercial Businesses,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention, Water Quality, Environmental Health
Resource Type: Resource Database, Toolkit
Description: A resource for creating e-newsletter articles, webpage copy, and social media posts about landscape best management practices. Includes images.
Link: documents/Landscape-BMP-Outreach-Final-3-16_000.docx
Name: Owlie Skywarn: Floods
Organization: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
Grade Level: K,1,2 
Topic(s): Flood Safety
Resource Type: Activities
Description: This educational activity book raises flood awareness in young children and encourages emergency planning prior to an flood event.
Link: https://www.weather.gov/owlie/
Name: Ready Kids
Organization: US Department of Homeland Security
Grade Level: K,1,2,3 
Topic(s): Flood Safety
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: The Ready Kids Activity book teaches children about emergency preparedness, including flood safety, and encourages planning and practice as preparation for unexpected events.
Link: http://www.semswa.org/uploads/FileLinks/91813e4557d04799856a8df44d1861b4/FEMA_kids_activity_book.pdf
Name: Recycle City
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Activities
Description: An interactive tool that demonstrates how people can reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, work, and in their neighborhoods.
Link: https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/
Name: Resources for Educators and Youth Leaders
Organization: NY Department of Environmental Conservation
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Stewardship
Resource Type: Programs
Description: A website containing lesson plans and a collection of activities for children to do while exploring outside.
Link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/66.html
Name: Resources for Stormwater Education and Outreach
Organization: Washington Dep. Of Ecology
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: A collectio of stormwater education resources including a curriculum, printable booklets, and classroom activities.
Link: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/public_outreach_resources.html#k12
Name: Save Dallas Water
Organization: Dallas Water UtilitiesLocal
Grade Level: General Public,Commercial Businesses,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Water Conservation, Stewardship
Resource Type: Information Page
Description: This site includes a number of informational resources for Dallas homeowners and businesses about water conservation programs.
Link: http://savedallaswater.com/
Name: Save Dallas Water: Kid's Corner
Organization: Dallas Water UtilitiesLocal
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 
Topic(s): Water Conservation, Stewardship
Resource Type: Information Page, Activities
Description: This site has a number of information pages and interactive online activities.
Link: http://kids.savedallaswater.com/
Name: Save Tarrant Water
Organization: Tarrant Regional Water DistrictLocal
Grade Level: General Public,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Water Conservation , Stewardship
Resource Type: Information Page, Video
Description: This website includes pages on indoor and outdoor water conservation tips, links to some of the water district's planning documents, and drought monitor and reservior level widgits. Look under "Save Outdoors" for a collection of Watersmart videos.
Link: http://www.savetarrantwater.com/
Name: Scoop it! It's your Doodie
Organization: City of Kent, WA
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Video
Description: A short video that relates the importance of picking up dog's poop.
Link: https://vimeo.com/38932581
Name: Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge (SEEK)
Organization: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Stewardship
Resource Type: Resource Database
Description: A large database with environmetnal education resources. The database includes curriculums, programs, lesson plans, activities, and much more, sorted by topic area and target audience.
Link: https://www.seek.state.mn.us/resource-search
Name: Stormwater Quiz Show Game
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Environmental Health, Water Quality, Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Activities
Description: An interactive and customizable Jeopardy™ style game. Up to four players or groups, keeps track of scores, can build custom games with own questions, and is playable online or available for download.
Link: http://www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/program-areas/public_education/stormwatergame.asp
Name: Stormwater to Drinking Water
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,General Public 
Topic(s): Watershed, Water Quality, Pollution Prevention
Resource Type: Video
Description: A video that teaches older children why we must protect our limited freshwater supplies from harmful contaminants, stressing that individual actions make a difference.
Link: https://youtu.be/XGpwGjYNfX4
Name: Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program
Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Watershed
Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: Bring the watershed to life as students engage with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience!
Link: http://www.cbf.org/join-us/education-program/field-programs/one-day/susquehanna-watershed-environmental-education-program.html
Name: Tappers Fun Zone
Organization: Louisville Water Company
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Water Conservation
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: Collection of activity books covering various water quality issues.
Link: http://www.tappersfunzone.com/education-programs
Name: The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12,General Public 
Topic(s): Air Quality
Resource Type: Booklet
Description: This easy to understand guide explains the events leading to the Clean Air Act, key elements covered under the regulation, and ways to reduce air pollution.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/peg.pdf
Name: The Planet Protectors
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Activities
Description: A collection of activities, available in English and Spanish, that help students learn about reducing wastes and saving resources.
Link: https://www.epa.gov/students/planet-protectors-activities-kids
Name: The Quest for Less
Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 
Topic(s): Solid/Hazardous Waste
Resource Type: Activities
Description: A teachers guide that has reducing, reusing, and recycling activities and resources for grades K-8
Link: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/qfl_complete.pdf
Name: Water and the Environment
Organization: American Geological Institute
Grade Level: 9,10,11,12,General Public 
Topic(s): Stewardship
Resource Type: Book
Description: A book geared towards helping young adults understand the importance of water, including its distribution, quantity, availability, and quality.
Link: http://www.cns-eoc.colostate.edu/docs/water.pdf
Name: Water Conservation Activity Book
Organization: St. Johns River Water Management
Grade Level: K,1,2 
Topic(s): Water Conservation
Resource Type: Activity Book
Description: Activity book that contains engaging games and pictures related to water resources and water conservation.
Link: https://www.sjrwmd.com/static/education/cb_waterconservation.pdf
Name: Water Education
Organization: North Texas Municipal Water DistrictLocal
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Watershed
Resource Type: Programs
Description: This site has several educational resources pertaining to watershed education, water conservation, and water quality. The site also has information on visiting the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.
Link: https://www.ntmwd.com/education-programs/
Name: Water is Awesome
Organization: Tarrant Regional Water District, Dallas Water UtilitiesLocal
Grade Level: General Public,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Water Conservation, Stewardship
Resource Type: Video, Information Page, Resource Database
Description: This website includes information on indoor and outdoor water-saving strategies, as well as a collection of engaging PSAs to encourage people to save water.
Link: http://www.waterisawesome.com/
Name: Water Quality Backyard Activity Guide
Organization: National Environmental Education Foundation
Grade Level: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
Topic(s): Water Quality, Watershed
Resource Type: Activities, Activity Book
Description: Two simple do-at-home experiments and one water quality maze activity
Link: https://www.neefusa.org/resource/water-quality-backyard-activity-guide
Name: Water Wise Youth Education
Organization: U. of AZ, Cochise County Cooperative Extension
Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 
Topic(s): Water Conservation
Resource Type: Curriculum
Description: Water Wise Youth is designed to help teachers incorporate water education, including water basics, aquifers and watersheds, conservation, and water quality, in the classroom.
Link: https://cals.arizona.edu/cochise/waterwise/youthprogram.html
Name: Yard Waste Management Video
Organization: NCTCOG Environment & DevelopmentNCTCOG
Grade Level: General Public,Commercial Businesses,Home Owners 
Topic(s): Pollution Prevention, Water Quality
Resource Type: Viedo
Description: Short video that explains why yard clippings should not be swept or blown into storm drains and alternative options.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh_fZeDJYVw
 

 

 
 
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