School Assembly Programs
The Consortium's water conservation assembly program serves approximately 3,000 students (K-5) from more than 20 schools throughout the greater Portland metropolitan region each year.
Children's Clean Water Festival
The Consortium is a proud co-sponsor of the Children's Clean Water Festival which includes more that 40 hands-on, water-focused activities, classroom presentations, and stage shows to about 1,400 fourth graders annually. We also offer a variety of youth-oriented print materials to supplement kids' experiences at assemblies and at the Festival.
Consortium Member Resources
Many of our water provider members have additional resources such as assembly programs, classroom presentations, or water system tours that they provide to schools in their service area. Contact your local water provider for more information about what they have to offer.
Get Kids Involved
Wondering what you can do to teach children to appreciate the importance of using water wisely? Take some time to help your kids feel connected to their water, and they will share your desire to protect it. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Teach children where their water comes from.
The Portland, Oregon metropolitan area is fortunate to have multiple sources of water to serve the region.Depending on where you live, you probably get water from one of the area's main sources: the Bull Run Watershed, the Trask and Tualatin Rivers, the Clackamas River, or the Willamette River. If you visit any of the rivers listed above for recreation, make it a teachable moment! If you don't know where your tap water comes from, use our look-up tool to see who your water utility is and then ask them for details.
2. Find and fix leaks together.
Kids can play an important role in helping put a stop to leaks at home by becoming junior leak detectives. It only take around 20 minutes to check your whole home for leaks, and with a little helper, the time goes by fast! Checking your home's faucets and showers for leaks today could have hundreds to thousands of gallons of water. Plus, the toilet dye test is pretty fun!
3. Bring it home with some books.
For the bookworms among us, the Consortium offers two online activity books: "What Do You Know About H2O?" and "Water and You". We also like these water-related books that you can easily find at your local library:
- Bear Loves Water by Ellen Weiss
- Water (The Four Elements) by Carme Solé Vendrell and J.M. Parramó
- Water (My First Nature Books) by Adrienne Soutter-Perrot and Etienne Delessert
- I am Water by Jean Marzollo
- Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean by Arthur Dorros
- Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers and Chief Seattle
- The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on our Planet by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady
- Snail Girl Brings Water: A Navajo Story by Geri Keams and Richard Ziehler-Martin
- Water, the Source of Life (Voyages of Discovery) by Scholastic Books
- The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
- Spanish: El Autobus Magico: Viaja por el Agua
- The Magic School Bus: Wet All Over by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
- Spanish: El Autobus Magico - Se Salpica Todo
- A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry
- Raven Returns the Water by Anne Cameron and Nelle Olsen
- Signs Along the River: Learning to Read the Natural Landscape by Kayo Robertson
- A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and Michael Maydak
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
- Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin
- Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
- Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert E. Wells
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde
- One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss and Rosemary Woods
- “Water Can Be…” by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija
- Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green and Mike Gordon
- Water: Up, Down, and All Around by Natalie Myra Rosinsky and Matthew John
- You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Clean Water! by Roger Canavan and David Antram
- Water! Water! Water! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Seasonal Kids Activity
Looking for an activity to do with the kids this summer? Why not explore the wonders of water? After all, water is the ONLY substance on earth that occurs naturally in all three states of matter – gas, solid and liquid!
Check out this kid-friendly experiment that explores water's three states:
- Make a batch of your favorite kid-friendly drink.
- Pour some of it into a bag and place the sealed bag in the freezer.
- Pour the rest of the liquid into small paper drinking cups and place them in the freezer. Once it starts to thicken and freeze, insert a popsicle stick into each cup and continue to freeze until fully hardened.
- Once the liquid inside the bag is frozen, take it out of the freezer and tape it to a window in a sunny location.
- Have the kids observe how the bag's contents change through the course of the afternoon - i.e. it will start as a solid (ice), then turn into liquid as the drink melts, and finally into gas (condensation droplets on the side of the bag).
- Enjoy the fruits of your labor by eating the remaining popsicles together!
Additional Online Resources
The Water Cycle
Mystery Science - How much water is in the world? - video and activity
Project WET Discover Water - The Blue Planet - video and online activity
National Environmental Education Foundation - Water Quality Backyard Activity Guide
Project WET Discover Water - The Water Cycle - video and online activity
US Geological Survey - The Water Cycle for Schools and Kids - available in 39 languages
NASA - The Sun and the Water Cycle - activity booklet
Watersheds and Drinking Water
Portland Water Bureau - Build a Watershed Model - video and activity
Clark County - Explore the Clark County Watershed - maps and graphics
The Nature Conservancy - How Nature Makes Clean Water - video
The Nature Conservancy - Where Does Your Water Come From? - video
Project WET Discover Water - Explore Watersheds - video and online activity
Project WET Discover Water - Investigate Freshwater - video and online activity
Oregon State University - The Willamette River Before the Clean Water Act - video
Scholastic Super Science - Mr. Trash Wheel - video and article
Johnson Creek Watershed Council - Water Quality Testing with Johnson Creek Watershed Council - video
The Nature Conservancy - Meet the Scientists: Judy Haner - video
Science Sparks - Homemade Water Filter Experiment - activity
Water Conservation and Water Use
Water Use It Wisely - Kids Page - games, activities, videos, and more
EPA - WaterSense for Kids - activities, games, and teacher resources
Project WET Discover Water - Use Water Wisely - video and online activity
PBS - Water Conservation - lesson plan (grades 6 - 8)
PBS - Groundwater Beneath the Surface - video and teaching materials
KQED QUEST - What is Groundwater? - video
US Geological Survey - What is Groundwater? - article and graphics
Groundwater Foundation - Students and Educators - resources, lesson plans, activities, and games
Water Environment Services - Trash It, Don't Flush It - video
Metropolitan Council - Wastewater Treatment for Youngsters - activity book
Hampton Roads Sewer District - Clean Water Curriculum - wastewater teaching unit (grade 4)
Oregon Public Broadcasting - Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution - video
The Nature Conservancy - Valuing Our Freshwater - video
North Central Texas Council of Governments - Freddy the Fish Teaches about Stormwater - video
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council - Stormwater Matters for Kids - activities and games
Only Rain Down the Drain - Be a Drain Ranger - activities and games
Recycling and Composting
National Environmental Education Foundation - At Home Upcycle Projects - activities
SOLVE - Kids Activity Page - interactive activities and links to kids education resources
Metro - Worm Composting - video
Additional Online Resources for Teachers
State of Oregon - Tribal History Lesson Plans (grade 4)
The Nature Conservancy - Nature Lab
Learn Forests - Programs and Resources (grades 3 - 5)
National Environmental Education Foundation - Watershed Basics
Groundwater Foundation - Tools for Parents and Educators
US Geological Survey - Teacher Resources (multiple grades and languages)
NOAA - Freshwater Education Resources