Water Education Resources


Natural Resources Education CenterClassroom activities

The Dane County Water Education Resource Center provides resources, equipment, expertise and training for area residents concerning water quality issues and resources. For more information, check out this informational brochure (PDF) or visit the Natural Resources Education Center page on the UW-Extension website.


Native Plants for Water Quality and Education

Native plants have tremendous water quality benefits and increase habitat and food sources for pollinators. Because of this, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department has started a native plant growing program in which volunteers create a supply of free native plants for schools and other community projects that benefit water quality and education. The plants are grown by local volunteers who want to make an impact in their communities.  Find out more about this program.

Pollinator Protection in Dane County

Native plants also help pollinators! The Dane County Environmental Council in cooperation with UW-Extension has developed a set of resource materials to assist with education about the importance of and how to protect pollinators. These include:  brochure, informational seed packets, a youth “fortune teller” game, and table top display boards.  All can be checked out through the Dane County Natural Resource Education Center (UW-Extension). Access materials and find out more information on the UW Extension website.


Curriculum Guides


Awards and Recognition

  • Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin provides recognition for Wisconsin PK-12* public and private schools working to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and increase environmental and sustainability literacy through a self-paced, voluntary, web-based application. 
  •  The United Nations Environment Programme's Volvo Adventure Award rewards young people creating their own environmental projects. There are two competitions: 1) The Adventure Award for youth, ages 13-16, working in groups of two to five.
  • The President's Environmental Youth Award is for students in grade K-12 that has completed an environmental project.


"Be Wisconsin Water Wise" Placemat

An activity placemat (PDF) focused on Dane County waterways and actions kids and their families can take to help protect water and be part of the solution.