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The City of Eugene has prepared two distinct stormwater curricula with emphasis on Willamette Valley waterways. Handouts, activities and posters enrich learning both in and out of the classroom. Most materials are available to download from the links below.
Eugene public and private school teachers should contact us for items such as activity supplies, booklets and posters that are not found here; some are unusual sizes or are not available in digital formats. As we are funded by local stormwater fees, we cannot provide these supplemental materials for those outside of Eugene.
Delta Ponds Video and Classroom Activities
Centrally located in Eugene, this restored natural park is a great place for students to learn about clean water, ecosystems and wildlife. Encourage exploration and learning by introducing Delta Ponds through videos, discussions and activities.
SPLASH! (Stormwater Pollution Learn and Share!) is a curriculum kit developed with local teachers for grade levels K-8. Units explore water and the effects of pollution in water systems, the water cycle, and local ecosystems. Each unit below includes the lesson plans and handouts in a pdf.
Individual worksheets from the curriculum are also available. Names indicate topic and grade level of the kit it comes from:
Water Kindergarten, Stormdrain 1st, Downstream Coloring Page 2nd, Wetland Plants 3rd, Water Cycle 4th, Eugene's 3 Water Systems 4th, Mighty McKenzie 4th, Water Use Test 4th, Wetland Vocabulary Words 8th.
Many Uses of Water poster shows the many ways water is used in the Willamette Valley
Salmon and the Ecosystem
Salmon and the Ecosystem, available for grades 5-12, approaches water quality issues with emphasis on salmon and its critical role in our region’s ecosystem, economy and culture.
Lily’s Pages are single-page reading and activity sheets for various grade levels. These are brief, illustrated introductions to pollution and stormwater topics for learners of many age groups.
- Where Dragonflies Dance: Fun facts and vocabulary crossword
- The Dirt on Muddy Water: How soil erosion affects aquatic life
- Your Ecological Address: Where you live in the natural world
- Good Guys in the Garden: Beneficial bugs that we don’t want to harm
- Hazardous Waste Disposal: Toxics in your home
- Lily’s Maze and Scramble: An easy activity sheet
- Oil Spills and Our Environment: A little oil can do a lot of damage
- Pacific Chorus Frog: Tiny frog with a big voice
- Pollinating Friends: The importance of bees, bats and others in food production
- Rain Gardens: Collect and clean rain in your yard
- Ancient Mysteries: Learn about saber-toothed salmon
- Salmon Crossword Puzzle: Vocabulary from the salmon curriculum
- The Secret Life of Soil: The soil is alive with much more than worms
- Learn About Wetlands: Brief overview of wetland ecosystems
- Wiggling Workers: Information about composting with worms
Eugene teachers may request printed copies of these materials, SPLASH! activity supplies and the SPLASH! Songs CD.