Tucson Water offers in-class and guided tour programs tailored to many grade levels. These are supported by partnerships with the Environmental Education Exchange and Arizona Project WET. The free programs provide age-appropriate lessons and interactive activities on water conservation, water supply, and water quality. For information, contact the Public Information / Conservation Office (PICO) at (520) 791-4331 or send an e-mail.
Guided Tours of several facilities are available to help promote understanding of important water issues and how Tucson Water meets the water needs of our community.
Environmental Education Exchange
Environmental Education Exchange is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to increase environmental literacy.
- Da Drops is a three-part water education program specifically designed for 1st — 3rd grade students. It focuses on the water cycle, water supply and water conservation in the Tucson Basin. Check out the "Da Drops" video for kids (April 2012). View pictures from a 3rd grade class presentation.
- Our Water, Our Future is a three-part interdisciplinary program for 4th and 5th grade students. It addresses the following concepts: the water cycle, water supply, water quality, water use and water conservation.
- Tucson Toolkit is a five-lesson water education curriculum designed for middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grade). It focuses on the water cycle, water supply, water usage, environmental concerns, and water conservation. Download the Teacher's Guide or contact Environmental Education Exchange for additional information or samples of student materials at (520) 670-1442.
Arizona Project WET
Arizona Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) offers instructor-tested, water-related curriculum at no cost to teachers via hands-on, motivating workshops.
- Water Festivals - Each Arizona Water Festival incorporates two hours of hands-on, interactive lessons focused on groundwater and aquifers; watersheds and water sources; the value of water and conservation; and the water cycle.
- Arizona Project WET Workshop Schedules - Learn about Arizona's water resources by participating in fun, interactive, classroom-ready activities. Developed and tested by teachers, the activities are designed to develop critical thinking and build an understanding of concepts by experiential learning. Subjects include the properties of water, the water cycle, watersheds, groundwater, water quality, water rights, as well as an understanding of the importance of water to all water users. To attend the next Tucson Water-sponsored workshop, contact Project WET Coordinator Kerry Schwartz at (520) 792-9591, ext. 22.
- Correlating WET Curriculum to Arizona Academic Standards
- Tucson Water Sponsors Project WET Water Festival (4.48 Mb WMV; requires Windows Media player, available here)
Pete the Beak
Pete the Beak is Tucson Water's conservation mascot. Visit Pete's web page for a look at his fun and educational activities over the years. To request an appearance by Pete, contact Tucson Water's Public Information / Conservation Office (PICO) at (520) 791-4331 or send an e-mail.