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Education Resources

For Kids

Understanding Watersheds

The Water Cycle

The Story of Water

The Full Treatment



For Teachers and Parents

Learning about water – where it comes from, how it is treated and how we can conserve it - is an important part of a child’s education. We hope that these resources will make it easier for you to teach these important lessons, whether you are a teacher or parent. Your students will also enjoy visiting Water World for more fun activities.

If you know of a resource we should add, please contact us at PR@fairfaxwater.org.

All grade levels

Understanding Watersheds
Mr. Science Guy and his buddy, Mr. Watershed, help children understand where our water comes from and why we must protect it.


The Water Cycle
Our favorite friends, Drop and Dino, explain how water is always on the move.


Welcome to The PlantThe Full Treatment
Take a tour and explore our water treatment process through this great new on-line book!

Educating Young People About Water
Want to educate kids about water? These free materials from the University of Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Environmental Resources Center can provide you with the information you need to get started.

The Story of Water
An interactive online book about the history of water, the water cycle and more.

EPA Student Center
Activities and lessons about a variety of water topics, ranging from the water treatment process to exploring estuaries.

The Water Sourcebooks
More than 300 activities for students focusing on an introduction to water, water treatment, resources and conservation.

WET in the City
Engages students in hands-on activities to advance water education and environmental stewardship among urban youth.

EPA Teaching Resources
Lessons and activities about drinking water, ecosystems, lakes, oceans, rivers, water pollution and watersheds.

Kid’s Stuff Drinking Water and Groundwater
Lesson plans and activities about water.

Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade

Kids Club
Learn how to care for our most important resource water!

Square of Life: Studies in Local and Global Environments
Elementary school curriculum that allows classes to compare a one-meter outdoor square in their school yard with another class across the country or the globe. Registration to participate is twice a year in spring and fall. Site contains lesson plans, activity instructions, reference materials, discussion area, standards comparison and a help contact.

Grades 5-8

Kids Club
Learn how to care for our most important resource water!

Water Science for Schools
The US Geological Survey’s site with activities and information to learn more about the earth’s water.

Down the Drain
How much water do you use every day in your home? Introduces students to the topic of water use; and to data gathering and analysis. From the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE).

Water Kids
Students can find out how much water it takes to brush your teeth, join Ollie in saving the planet, and play the “No-Know” game.

Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
A toolbox for learning more about nonpoint source pollution and how you can help to prevent it.

Water Purification by Evaporation and Condensation
A class activity to illustrate how the water cycle helps purify water.

Role of Plants in Water Filtration
A class activity to help students understand the role of plants in filtering water.

Grades 9-12

Water Science for Schools
The US Geological Survey’s site with activities and information to learn more about the earth’s water.

High School Environmental Center
Information and activities about water topics, including water treatment, conservation, pollution and aquatic ecosystems.

Build Your Own Watershed
A class activity to illustrate the basic properties of a watershed.

Question & Answer Game
A card game played with two teams.