Water Stewardship programs are one day field trips, aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Arizona College and Carreer Ready Standards, and integrate STEM activities.

  • 5th grade “Connections” field trip studies the connections between Physical Science & Nature, the World and Water. Students follow the path of a drop of water by reading A Drop Around the World, by Barbara Shaw McKinney and then explore the physical properties of water and its connections in nature at Dead Horse Rance State Park.

  • 6th grade “Ground Water” field trip students about the link between groundwater and surface water through an in-depth examination of a ground water model. Students better understand the cultural significance and historical impacts of groundwater and its relation to the Verde River at Big Springs Natural Area and Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale.

  • 7th grade “Top Ten Wanted Dead & Alive Species”  field trip students participate in the Top 10 WANTED program. Here they will learn about the economic, social and ecological impact of native and invasive species in the Verde Watershed. Students crate "Wanted Dead and Alive" posters along with a field trip to Dead Horse Ranch State Park to better understand the impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems through aquatic macro invertebrate collection and study.

  • 8th grade “Properties of Water” field trip students learn how the health and quality of a river affects all water users including human, agriculture, animal, and industry by providing students with the opportunity to perform onsite chemical tests of the water. After touring a waste water treatment plant students learn of the many mandatory quality control standards as well as the many career opportunities. Students also demonstrate how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed and recognize that through individual and group action, the amount of pollution can be reduced.