Educational Resources/Lesson Plans

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Flood Resource Center at Northampton Community College

GetWise - Tips and activities focused on conservation.

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.

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.

National Ground Water Association's Classroom Materials for Teachers

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.

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.

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.

Pike County Conservation District: Resources

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.

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.

Sustainable Choices - Learn about Philadelphia watersheds and environmental stewardship

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.

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) 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 for Kids Page

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.

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.

World Water Monitoring Challenge Action Guides and Lesson Plans