#SummerScienceFriday | Watershed Connections: Educational Tools

August 23, 2019



Here at Council for Watershed Health, we hold watershed education to high importance. Through our partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE), we have been able to continue our Watershed Connections: Science Communication Initiative. This initiative facilitates interactive educational activities through not only our weekly #SummerScienceFriday blog posts, but also through community outreach events to educate communities on a variety of watershed topics. At these events, we make sure to bring our most important educational tools, our Watershed Connections Activity Books and our watershed model. These tools allow us to teach students of all ages about how we can better protect our watershed through hands-on demonstrations. For this #SummerScienceFriday, we’re making it easier for teachers and communities to utilize our Watershed Connections education and engagement tools to teach others about watershed stewardship. Grab your Watershed Connections Activity Books and let’s make a watershed model!


How to make a watershed model

There are many ways that a watershed model can be built, but one of the easiest is outlined in this video put out by PBS. 


What you’ll need:

  1. Items that can be used as mountains and hills like containers, buckets, and egg cartons.

  2. A waterproof sheet or foil you can drape over them to waterproof the “terrain.” 


Be sure to perform this activity outside or put something under the model that can collect water.

  1. Stack your containers to create mountains and hills.

  2. Drape the sheet or place foil over the containers. Be sure to place it in a way that valleys, rivers, and lakes are formed by the dips in the sheet or foil.


Lesson Plan 

  1. Explain. What is a watershed? You can use the second page in your Watershed Connections Activity Book to guide you. As you explain, use a spray bottle to spray water on model. This allows students to watch how water flows from mountains to lower waterways like streams, rivers, and eventually, the ocean!