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Classroom Programs


You can visit our YouTube channel to find some of our virtual field trips and other educational videos.

We'd like to come to YOUR virtual classroom! Here's a few topics we cover:

  • Wild Wetland Exploration

    • An RRWC educator will give your class a virtual tour of a wetland. We'll see
      what a wetland looks like, learn why they're important, how they function,
      and how we can protect them!

  • Water Water Everywhere

    • An RRWC educator will use a groundwater model to teach your class why what we do on land can affect the health of water above and below ground, how water moves below ground, and how water can get contaminated.

  • Migrating Birds and Wetland Habitats

    • Educators from RRWC and the River Raisin Institute will be in a wetland to teach your class about birds that migrate through our area in the fall and spring, how to identify birds, and why wetland habitats are important for these migrating birds.

  • Prescribed Fire and our Watershed

    • Educators from RRWC and the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission will take your class to two preserves in our watershed to show how fire can help keep our land healthy, what plants and animals rely on fire, how land managers use fire to restore habitat, and the tools used to do the job.


Let us know if you would like to schedule a virtual field trip by emailing us the program you're interested in and a few dates/times that work for your class. Email us at

The Stormwater Model demonstrates different land uses and how they affect the flow of a river. Click here for a video about the Ward's Stormwater model.

We purchased our Stormwater Model through a donation from MIS Cares. Thanks to Michigan International Speedway for their continued support!  

Virtual Reading in your Classroom:

RRWC can read to your virtual classroom! Here are the books we have that we can read to your class:

  • Agent H2O Rides the Water Cycle by Rita Goldner (ages 5 - 10)

  • Taking Care of Mother Earth by Leanne Flett Kruger (ages 4 - 8)

  • Follow the Water From Brook to Ocean by Arthur Durros (ages 4 - 6)

  • Water Dance by Thomas Locker (ages 4 - 10)

  • About Habitats: Rivers and Streams by Cathryn Sill (ages 2 - 6)

  • Water Walkers: Walking Lake Superior by Carole Trembath (ages 5 - 12)

  • Over in a River by Marianne Berkes (ages 3 - 8)


Let us know if you would like to schedule a virtual book reading by emailing us at

Activity Handouts for Kids

Want to teach your kids in a fun way about the plants, animals, and insects that live in your neighborhood? Check out our printable activity book, "Surfin' The Watershed", Cover pagesInside pages. Inside you'll find fun comics, games, puzzles, and trivia all about water, ecosystems, and other cool nature concepts.

Registration for K - 12th Grade Wildlife Programs

Registration for K–12th-grade

wildlife programs now open for

Michigan educators

The Department of Natural Resources has free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate Michigan’s unique flora and fauna into their curriculum, while still meeting required educational standards.

Michigan's Project Learning Tree is a great way to integrate a wide range of environmental and natural resource topics into the classroom. Teachers attend a workshop and receive materials and activity guides. More info at,4570,7-350-79135_79220_81128---,00.html

Teach your students how important our native Michigan wildlife is through a variety of programs. There are different programs for multiple grade levels including:

  • Go Wild For Michigan's Wildlife (K - 5th)

  • A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear (6th - 8th)

  • Elk University (9th - 12th)

  • Michigan's Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl (6th - 8th)

Most are free and include guides for the educators. Learn more at:,4570,7-350-79135_79220_81142---,00.html

Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at

Michigan Department of Natural Resources 

Urban and Community Forestry Program

Grants Available

Up to $75,000 available for forestry projects statewide. The grants are funded through the U.S. Forest Services State and Private Forestry Program.

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations, schools and tribal governments are eligible and encouraged to apply for the grants, which can be used for a variety of projects including:

 * Urban forest management and planning activities

 * Tree planting on public property

 * Urban forestry and arborist training and education events and materials

 * Arbor Day celebrations and materials

Depending on the project type, applicants may request grants up to $20,000. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds, which can be cash contributions or in-kind services but cannot include federal funds. Application deadlines are in September each year.

For a grant application or more information, visit the DNR website at, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or, or write to DNR Forest Resources Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.

Urban and community Forestry Program Grants

Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom

If you'd like your class to learn more about agriculture and some of the details about farming not usually taught to kids, this is the place for you:

On Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom's website, you'll find lesson ideas, agriculture facts to incorporate in your teaching, and other sites that offer similar tools. Not only that, there's a mobile FARM Science lab that can come to your school. Inside your students will do hands-on STEM-based activities for upper and lower elementary grades. Lessons in the FARM Science lab can range from identifying and labeling different parts of a plant, to exploring different soil types, to controlling bacterial growth in milk! Check out their website and have a farm day right outside your school's doors.

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