Thanks to the sponsorship of Tucson Water, Arizona Project WET is able to offer in-classroom presentations and field trips for students within the Tucson water service area. An enthusiastic and diverse group of Wildcat Corps AmeriCorps Water Educators facilitate learning through inquiry and exploration. See below for information on our programs.
This curricular unit is fully aligned to Arizona Science Standards that includes an in-classroom groundwater presentation and field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands. Partnerships launching this new curriculum unit are in place with SUSD and TUSD. Fourth graders from Amphitheater, Marana, and Sahuarita school districts are invited to attend a 4th Grade Water Festival.
A curriculum unit in collaboration with APW’s Coconino Education Program, Earth Explorers engages young learns in constructing and using models to explore the water cycle, investigate the impact of wind and water on land, and discover the relationships between fires, floods, and land. At the end of this unit, students design and test solutions to remedy problems of erosion in their community.
- Groundwater Presentation - Middle and high school classes can request a groundwater presentation that emphasizes the availability of water within our unique hydrologic cycle and its impact on our lives.
- Water Scene Investigations (WSI) – One of APW’s statewide programs, the WSI engages students in a project to conduct water audits and save water at home by using STEM skills.
- Discovery Program - Upper grade level students attend a field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands and engage in an interactive experience that invites students to make observations about the phenomena occurring at the wetlands and discover answers to their scientific questions.
Teachers, students, and community members come together and move through a continuum of awareness, knowledge, action, and environmental stewardship. Participants engage in rainwater harvesting solutions to mitigate environmental hazards, building community resilience to increased temperatures, extreme storm events, and persistent drought. Recharge the Rain, sponsored by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, is a joint project between APW and Watershed Management Group.
Students of all ages are invited to explore Sweetwater Wetlands by practicing their scientific observation. We emphasize the importance of water in desert ecosystems while using our powers of observation and investigation to learn incredible things about this unique place in our community. This a great jumping off point for backyard or schoolyard science investigations, ecosystem studies, or learning about the water cycle.