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

  • What's a Watershed?

  • Water Quality: How We Affect Water

  • Native and Invasive Species of Michigan

  • Plastic Pollution


Let us know if you would like to schedule an educational demonstration by emailing us at rrwc@lenawee.mi.us

We recently purchased a Ward's Stormwater Model with a generous donation from MIS Cares. This is a fantastic visual showing how fast rain moves on the ground through different scenarios (running off from a parking lot vs. retention pond vs. wetland). It teaches the importance of wetlands, mitigating flooding through what we do to the land, and why it's important to know these things!

Click here for a video about the Ward's Stormwater model.

Classroom Demonstrations

The Stormwater Model demonstrates different land uses and how they affect the flow of a river.

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

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 https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79135_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: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79135_79220_81142---,00.html

Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at michigan.gov/dnreducation.

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 www.michigan.gov/ucf, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898 or sayersk@michigan.gov, 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: https://miagclassroom.org/index.cfm

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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