Tempe aims to help future generations learn about their water resources, develop water consciousness and learn how to use water wisely. Educational programs focused on water not only help increase understanding of the natural earth system, but they also help students strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills. Tempe offers water education resources for parents, teachers and informal educators.
Virtual Resources for Parents and Teachers
Tempe has compiled virtual resources that can be used at home to engage kids of all ages in water STEM and conservation. Additional resources for art education can be found at the Tempe Center for the Arts Educator Tools page.
Water Conservation Digital Games & Interactives
Water - Use It Wisely's Tip Tank game engages kids in a matching game focused on everyday water conservation tips.
Project WET Foundation's Discover Water Interactive is full of information about water science and water resources, especially appropriate for 3-5th grade, but fun and engaging for all ages.
Beyond the Mirage is an interactive tool that high school and college students can use to create their own documentary on water in the West using professional video clips that can be stacked together.
Activity Books, Puzzles and Worksheets
Gary the Hiker and His Desert Friends (PDF)- 8-page activity book with content, word puzzles, math problems and coloring pages designed for grades K-5
Gary the Hiker Celebrates Arizona Water (PDF) - 8-page activity book with content, word puzzles, math problems and coloring pages designed for grades K-5
Where's Wayne: Learn how to save water with Wayne Drop (PDF) - 7-page booklet following Wayne Drop through his home to discover how he conserves every drop he can
The Arizona Water Adventure Book by Wayne Drop (PDF) - 8-page booklet following Wayne Drop as he discovers the natural and man-made bodies of water across Arizona
Stormwater in the Desert: A Middle School Activity Book (PDF) - 44-page booklet, developed the Arizona Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities, focuses on how to control, protect and make better use of stormwater through content, puzzles, lessons and activities
Showering Better Math and Word Search Sheet - designed for grades 3-5 and involves multiplication
Water Conservation and Science Lesson Plans - compiled by Phoenix Water Services, this page provides scans of water-related lesson plans developed by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association
Water Conservation Activities
- Explore 100+ Ways to Conserve Water and pick some to do as a family.
- Student and Family Pledge to Filter Out Bad Water Habits
- Take the Home Water Challenge
Programs for Teachers and Informal Educators
Tempe provides our teachers with resources related to water science, resources and conservation. These resources include the following:
- Magic Assembly Shows for Grades K-5
- Classroom Presentations for Grades K-12
- Tempe Water Festival for 4th Grade
- School Garden Grant
- Tours of Water Treatment Plant or Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens
- Activity Books for Grades K-12
Magic Assembly Shows
Each year, Tempe offers a unique magic assembly show about water conservation and the water cycle. These 30-minute shows are performed by Abracadabra Productions, and the content is geared towards grades K-5. Each Tempe school can have up to 2 shows (min. 50 and max. 250 students) free of charge per year, and all participating students receive a custom activity book with each year's them and new pictures and educational puzzles.
To reserve shows for your school, contact Abracadabra Productions at 623-266-1157 or email Kathy Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted to confirm the performance date, times, and numbers of students attending.
Classroom Presentations for Grades K-12
We offer free in-classroom presentations on Tempe's water resources, Arizona water history, and water conservation. Presentations can be tailored to fit time limits and special water-related topics. We can also arrange for special career-day guest speakers through the Arizona Water Association. Please contact us at email@example.com or (480) 350-2668 to arrange a classroom presentation for your students.
Tempe Water Festival
The Water Festival is a statewide program that instills a deeper understanding of water in the earth system and Arizona's water resources through a water festival event, curriculum unit, and teacher professional development workshop. The curriculum for the Water Festival unit and festival activities are aligned to Arizona State Standards for science, mathematics, and social studies.
All participating teachers receive the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, lesson plans and copy pages for 13 standards-aligned lessons, professional development hours through a hands-on workshop, and a fantastic day full of interactive learning, water, and fun at the Tempe Water Festival.
Each summer, Tempe and Arizona Project WET recruits new teachers to participate in professional development and the Water Festival program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to register your classroom.
School Garden Grant
Tempe helps schools create sustainable and edible gardens with educational components. To apply, complete an application and include a proposed budget and garden plan. View and download the School Gardening Grant application. For questions, contact email@example.com or call 480-350-2684.
Water Treatment Plant Tours
Tempe Water Utilities Division offers tours of our Water Treatment Plant and water quality lab for school groups. We are able to accommodate one tour per year, depending on staff availability. Schools must arrange their own transportation. If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Tour
Tempe manages a 4.5 acre Xeriscape Demonstration Garden at the Tempe Women's Club Park. The Garden boasts 39 tree species, 45 shrub species, water conservation demonstrations, and rainwater harvesting. If you are interested in arranging a tour of the Garden, please send an email to email@example.com.