Tucson Water offers in-class and guided tour programs tailored to many grade levels, made possible 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.
View photos of students from Satori Charter School visiting the Sweetwater Wetlands facility.
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 to 3rd grade students. It focuses on the water cycle, water supply and water conservation in the Tucson Basin. View a "Da Drops" video for kids (April 2012) or pictures from a 3rd grade class presentation.
- Our Water, Our Future is a three-part 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 for middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grade). It focuses on the water cycle, water supply, water usage, environmental concerns, and water conservation. Contact the 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, subjects include the properties of water, the water cycle, watersheds, groundwater, water quality, water rights, and an understanding of the importance of water to all 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.