The following lesson plans are designed for formal and informal educators to instruct youth, grades K-12, about aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality, and the water cycle. The lesson plans provide curricula, activities, presentations, and core alignments. 


Stream Side Science

The Stream Side Science curriculum is a set of twelve lesson plans based on water science.  The curriculum originally targeted grades 9-11 but has been used effectively by grades 5-12.  Curriculum aligned to national and state standards.



Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

These lesson plans, nicknamed "Bugs Don't Bug Me," are designed to teach students about the insects (aquatic macroinvertebrates) that live in our rivers, streams, or lakes and what they can tell us about water quality.





Water Pollution

The water pollution lessons use ground water and surface water models to help students visualize how water moves through a watershed and better understand how water can become polluted. Student learn Best Management Practices to prevent pollution.


Stream Trailer Demonstrations

The stream hydrology trailer is a hands-on educational tool that allows for participants to examine the natural movement of streams and rivers. For set-up instructions and simple demonstrations click above.

Homemade Water Purifier

This lesson introduces students to the concept of water filtration and water borne diseases and help them become aware of drinking water safety. By building their own water filters, students will learn what water filtration is, how it works, and what it can and cannot effectively remove.

Stormwater Activity Book

This book provides information and activities relating to stormwater, including what you can do, mazes, puzzles and matching pages.

Other Resources:

Utah State Office of Education

Utah Education Network

Utah Society for Environmental Education