This Stewardship Fund Mini Grant funded a series of “What is a Watershed?” lessons for fourth-graders at schools in North and Northeast Minneapolis. Environmental educator Jenny Schaust used fourth-grade science standards to teach students about the impact of pollution from stormwater runoff.
Schaust’s lessons combined hands-on activities with a PowerPoint presentation to help students understand how what happens on land affects our water bodies. They were particularly amazed at the landscape changes that had occurred in their neighborhoods over the last 50-100 years and how this could increase runoff and pollution. Each lesson concluded with a list of simple things the students could do to help protect water quality in their own neighborhoods.