K-12 Educational Programs
Natural Resource Days: District employees and volunteers visit area classrooms and youth groups to teach hands-on conservation principles and practices.
Wildlife Track: Students learn about Oklahoma wildlife through the use of lifelike animal tracks.
Pond and Stream Biology: Students visit a local streams or ponds to collect and learn about aquatic insects and invertebrates and their relationship to water pollution.
Marsh Market: This activity introduces the importance of wetland communities and the concept of a food web.
Oh Fish: Students will learn the importance of suitable habitat as well as factors that may affect wildlife populations in constantly changing ecosystems.
Macroinvenebrate Mayhem: This activity looks at water pollution and its effects on aquatic macroinvertebrates (insects, mussels, crayfish, etc.)
Dirt Babies: Students learn about the importance of soil in plant growth and what products can be traced back to the soil as they fill a stocking with seeds and soil to grow annual rye grass as hair on their dirt baby.
Raindrop Splash: This activity demonstrates the power of rain and its effect on soil.
Tree Cookies: Students learn about Oklahoma trees as they age by counting their rings.
Tree Factory: By acting out the parts of a tree, students will see how a tree works like a factory.
Every Tree for Itself: This activity gives students an idea of the conditions that trees need to live and grow. It also helps students understand that trees must often compete for their resources.
Thirsty Plants: Students learn how plants take in and transport water throughout their structure and the role of vegetation in the water cycle
Sum of the Parts: This activity demonstrates how each person in a watershed can contribute to the non-point source water pollution of that watershed.
Pucker Effect: Students learn about the possible effects of point source water pollution.
Branching Out: This activity shows the drainage patterns of water and how water flows through a watershed.
Common Water: This activity helps students recognize that it is vital for water users to consider each other’s needs and to share this finite resource.