Step 2: Participation in the cross-curricular Watershed Guardian Teacher’s Packet
After students visit the Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site, teachers are encouraged to lead cross-curricular learning through the Teacher’s Packet. Lessons included in the Teacher’s Packet will help students understand the overall impacts of urban stormwater on flooding and water quality. The packet includes a mixture of indoor and outdoor, and visual and hands-on learning activities that apply to almost every student’s learning needs. Lessons in the Teacher’s Packet are transformed to reflect the Karst topography of Northeast Iowa. A pre and post assessment measures the students learning throughout the program. The teacher’s packet also includes project ideas and activities that will prepare them to implement their own stormwater project.
Download the Teacher’s Packet Here
Step 3: Implementation of a Best Management Practice
Teachers who bring their classes to the Northeast Iowa Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site in Postville and complete section three of the Watershed Guardian Teacher’s Packet are eligible to apply for the Watershed Guardian Grants. Grants help classes implement stormwater practices at their school or in their community. There are two tiers of grant awards, one of up to $500, which may be used for smaller projects, and a competitive grant for up to $5,000. No match is required for either grant type. The larger grants will support classes in implementing storm water best management practices that measurably improve storm water runoff management at their school or in their community. All conservation practice development and installation will be overseen by the Northeast Iowa RC&D Environmental Education Specialist. Student participants will be recognized for the efforts through press releases to local newspapers and by earning a “Water Guardian” crest.
Northeast Iowa Stormwater Education Program: Watershed Guardian Grant Information
There will be special dates throughout the year in which any student may visit the Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site without their school. These students will still be able to become a Watershed Guardian by implementing their own storm water management practice in their home or community without funding from the available grants. A picture of the individual during construction and with the finished project will be reported in order to become a Watershed Guardian.