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 or take part in the virtual tour, and complete section three of the Watershed Guardian Teacher’s Packet are eligible to apply for the Watershed Guardian Grant. The Watershed Guardian Grant of up to $3,000 helps classes implement stormwater practices at their school or in their community. No match is required! The Watershed Guardian Grant supports classes implementing stormwater 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.
Only Watershed Guardian Grants of up to $1,000 are still available. These $1,000 grants can be used to purchase and plant trees at your school, student’s homes, or anywhere in the community. Examples of tree projects include installation of a community orchard, the replacement of ash trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer throughout your community, and many more.
Northeast Iowa Stormwater Education Program: Watershed Guardian Grant for Trees Application PDF