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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!

Dallas Storm Water Management

Description: Educational resources for students and teachers about stormwater pollution and daily actions that residents can take to help prevent it.
Link: www.wheredoesitgo.com/students.html

EPA’s Educational Resources

Description: Discover lesson plans, games, and other resources for you and your students, as well as links to EPA's online training academies. Includes educational resources for:

  • water professionals and concerned citizens related to drinking water, nonpoint source pollution, water quality standards, and watershed approaches
  • teachers and kids in grades K-12 related to drinking water, water quality standards, water sense, polluted runoff, and more

Links:
http://water.epa.gov/learn/resources/index.cfm
http://www.epa.gov/students/teachers.html#epawater

EPA’s Compilation of External Resources

Description: As of 2015, this compilation of links included Center for Global Environmental Education Watershed Action Plan’s service-learning projects; Discover Water, a self-directed educational resources; Drinking Water: Protecting the Source instructional materials, the Groundwater Foundation Kids Corner’s classroom activities; H20 conserve’s water calculator; Nab the Aquatic Invader; National Wetlands Research Center’s teacher resources; NOAA ocean and marine environment activity books; a rain garden lesson plan and rain garden projects; and more.
Link: http://www.epa.gov/students/teachers.html#exwater

EPA’s Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Outreach Toolbox is intended for use by state and local agencies and other organizations interested in educating the public on nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Toolbox contains a variety of resources to help develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign.
Link: https://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/

Keep Texas Beautiful

Description: This online resource library supplies ready-made youth programs, lesson plans, and templates. Programs include beautification/community greening, litter prevention/recycling/waste reduction, sustainability, and water conservation. The library also has a section for educational resources, environmental books, green contests, games, and activities, and more.
Link: www.ktb.org/display.aspx?catid=9&pageid=2663

Landscape for Life - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and United States Botanic Garden

Description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden offer a free Landscape For Life™ (LFL) ‘Train the Trainer’ webinar series (five 2-hour webinars). This training is ideal for botanic garden and horticulture educators, master gardeners, master naturalists, garden clubs, landscape architects/designers, and those interested in teaching sustainable gardening practices. The series offers helpful teaching tips and tools that show you how to effectively utilize the LFL instructor’s manual to deliver this valuable information to your target audience. See the website for upcoming class dates. (Participants must be able to attend all five webinars.)
Link: http://landscapeforlife.org/
Link: http://landscapeforlife.org/train-the-trainer-webinar-series/

NCTCOG/Regional Stormwater Management Program

Description:
Freddy The Fish Video“Freddy the Fish” (for elementary school-age kids)
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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPfLhJbdc0&feature=youtu.be

“Stormwater to Drinking Water” (for high school-age kids)
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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGpwGjYNfX4&feature=youtu.be

Outreach Template - Landscape Best Management Practices
A resource for creating e-newsletter articles, webpage copy, and social media posts about landscape best management practices. Includes images.
Link
: Word doc

Stormwater Quiz Show Game
An interactive and customizable Jeopardy™ style game. Up to four players or groups, keeps track of scores, and is playable online or available for download.
Link: www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/program-areas/public_education/stormwatergame.asp

NCTCOG/Regional Stormwater Management Program/Texas SmartScape

Description: A presentation on the 12 lessons students can learn from SmartScape.
Link: www.nctcog.org/envir/seeclean/stormwater/pubs/presentations/smartscape-for-students-05.pdf

Texas A&M AgriLife/NCTCOG/Regional Stormwater Management Program/Texas SmartScape

Description: SmartScape Train-the-Speaker class resources.
Link: www.nctcog.org/envir/SEEclean/stormwater/program-areas/public_education/SmartScape-tools/train-the-speaker/index.asp
 

Take Care of Texas

Description: Includes brochures, bill stuffers, and guides related to Take Care of Texas initiatives, including water conservation and landscape management, as well as environmental education materials for children and teachers such as bookmarks, posters, activity books, and stickers.
Link: http://takecareoftexas.org/publications

Texas A&M AgriLife

Description: Information about the Water Education Demonstration program.
Links:
Website (with registration link) – http://dallas.tamu.edu/hot-topics/water/demo
Program descriptions – http://dallas.tamu.edu/media/75176/water_conservation_demos_and_programs_2013.pdf
NCTCOG notes from the January 2015 Texas A&M AgriLife demo training – TAMU-Water Ed.pdf

Waters to the Sea™ Trinity River

Description: A multimedia learning adventure created for students, teachers, and families exploring one of Texas’s most important waterways. (The first sample module link may not work, but the other sample modules and teacher guide excerpts may be helpful.)
Link: http://cgee.hamline.edu/WTTS-Trinity/

 

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