School Programs

Students learn about local hydrology. Photo: Ann Marie Ford.

Since 2008, the Neponset River Watershed Association has provided an award-winning Water Conservation Program to public school students throughout the region, often visiting more than 2,500 students in a school year.


Our Water Education Program is free for public school students and is funded through our partnerships with local water departments. (Private schools may participate for a fee. Please call us for more information on pricing at 781-575-0354 x307.)

The program has been developed for 5th grade students and aligns with MA State Science Standards. It makes relevant connections to local issues that the students may experience first hand, such as drought, water restrictions, and water pollution.

A Neponset River Watershed Association staff member visits with individual classrooms and presents information through PowerPoint slides, videos, and hands-on models.

Part 1: Water Conservation Program (45 min-1 hour)

  • Water Resources – groundwater, surface water, aquifers, reservoirs
  • Infrastructure – wells, pumps, pipes, tanks, meters
  • Treatment – filtration, chemicals
  • Measurement – gallons per minute, gallons per flush
  • Conservation – daily usage, behavior changes, appliances
  • Wastewater – sewer, septic
  • Groundwater model demonstration

Part 2: Stormwater Program (45 min-1 hour)

  • Stormwater – one of the biggest sources of local water pollution
  • Groundwater model demonstration

Specialized programs are also available for middle school and high school students. We’re happy to work with you to customize a program for your students.

Past middle school/high school projects have included:

  • Water education posters/MA State House poster exhibit/reception
  • Rain barrels designed/built by enginering students, painted by art students, and sold at auction
  • Storm drain murals along public walkways
  • Water sampling/macroinvertebrate identification in the Neponset River

Click here to view High School Art Program/Water Conservation Projects


Please email Nancy Fyler fyler@neponset.org or call 781-575-0354 x307 for more information or to register for a school visit!


Materials for students & teachers