Educational Resources/Lesson Plans

Watershed Education (WE) - This educational program for students and teachers in grades 6-12 promotes classroom and field research, hands-on ecological investigations, networking, partnerships, stewardship and community service in an effort to produce environmentally literate citizens. WE is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks.

Bibliography for the Delaware Watershed - Prepared by the Delaware Canal (Pa.) State Park's Environmental Education Division.

Materials and Instructional Aids on SEEDS - The publications, activity guides, audiovisuals, projects and programs featured here are designed to focus on how the environment and humans interrelate. SEEDS, or "The State's Environmental Education Directory WebSite," is a product of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Earth Science Classroom Lesson Plans on Ground Water and Surface Water - Distributed by the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

National Park Service - Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Teachers Page - Provides information on "traveling trunks" that cover a wide variety of Upper Delaware environmental themes and the Water Snapshot program.

The Pine Barrens: Up Close & Natural - This online curriculum provided by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) had previously only been available in hardcopy format, primarily to attendees of PPA's summer teacher training programs and upon request. Contents include: Introduction to the Pine Barrens of NJ; Geology; History; Water; Biodiversity; Human Impact & Conservation; and References & Suggested Reading. Educators can still contact PPA to receive the hardcopy version, as well as the accompanying DVD documentary, at no charge.

New Jersey WATERS: A Watershed Approach to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems - This guide for middle and high school educators is published by the New Jersey Audubon Society.

Stroud Water Research Center's Leaf Pack Network - This pilot project involves groups of teachers and students investigating local stream ecology. The shared data will shed light on the important connection between streamside forests and the ecology of rivers and streams.

WikiWatershed™ - This suite of web-based tools is intended to assist citizens in managing water resources. When fully developed, it will leverage open source software and will function as an open collaborative resource for the community, enabling users to share geographically-tagged data, photos, videos, comments, educational curricula, simulation models and other tools on streams and rivers.  Stroud Water Research Center is one the partners developing this product.

Pike County Resource Site - This web page created by the Pike County Conservation District offers information on topics such as Watersheds, Non Point Source Pollution, Groundwater, and Wetlands Conservation. You also can learn about Pike County (Pa.) watersheds.

EcoExpress - This GreenTreks Network program provides teachers with classroom materials and resources that are tied to Pennsylvania teaching standards and requirements. Create an account (free) and log-in to see all this site has to offer!

Adopt-A-Buffer Toolkit - The Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) developed a guidance tool in September 2003 to monitor and maintain stream restoration projects. This manual is designed for local watershed groups, restoration practitioners, and volunteer monitors who implement stream restoration projects and who are seeking inexpensive, effective volunteer-based monitoring techniques to assess them. The toolkit can be downloaded (pdf 1.9 MB).

Water What-Ifs - This web site was designed to be a teaching and learning tool for teachers as well as students, and encourages inquiry investigations of water quality in Delaware. Lesson plans are provided for pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates/phosphates, and macroinvertebrate surveys. You also can view water quality data collected by Delaware students.

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Academy's Distance Learning Program - This web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules, organized by six themes, vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to 2 hours.

U.S. EPA's Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans - Explore these links to find creative ways to teach students about water topics and other environmental issues.

U.S. EPA's Water Sense Educator Page - Explore these links to help teach about water conservation in the classroom.

LaMotte Lesson Plans - These plans, designed to be used with LaMotte test kits, help organize an existing curriculum, allowing teachers to spend more time on hands-on activities that meet key classroom learning objectives and improve student achievement. Check out their complete offering of environmental education resources.

World Water Monitoring Day Resources - A number of materials were developed in celebration of this annual global event.

The Gateway to 21st Century Skills - The Gateway is a consortium effort led by the National Education Association to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit and commercial Internet sites.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) - ERIC is the world's largest digital library of education literature and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.

Discovery Channel School Lesson Plans - Includes lesson plans on a variety of subjects, broken down by grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. One example is Water: To the Last Drop.

GetWise - Fun activities to help you learn to be WaterWise!

Online University's Science Courses - Online University provides a reliable resource of free online courses from around the world. This link is to the available science courses, but they offer courses in other disciplines too.

Understanding the Urban Watershed: Teacher Toolbox - This web site offers lesson plans for a newly-developed Urban Watersheds Curriculum created by the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Philadelphia-Area Teacher Resources - This page is part of a web site entitled Sustainable Choices, created by Dottie Baumgarten, an Environmental Education Consultant for the Philadelphia Water Department.


We would like to place lesson plans here that would help students of all ages learn about the Delaware River Watershed ... but need your help! If you have a lesson plan about the watershed that you would be willing to share with other teachers in electronic form, please let us know.