Arizona Project WET Academies provide the support that teachers need to adopt instructional practices that encourage students to apply their learning; developing ideas, designing solutions, and delivering positive change. We partner with school districts to plan and deliver targeted professional development and provide teachers with support they need.

We Address Topics that are Important NOW!

  • Where does our water come from?
  • How do we manage our water?
  • How can we effectively reuse and conserve water?
  • What are our water quality challenges and how can we address them?
  • How do we plan for water sustainability?
  • How is water connected to energy and food production?

We Help Teachers Develop Student-driven Instruction

As a result of our Academies, students will think critically; gain deeper understanding;  and evaluate, prioritize, and apply knowledge to find solutions. APW Teacher Academies help teachers meet the 3 dimensional learning demands of the new Arizona Science Standards. 

Long-Term Impacts of APW Teacher Academies:

  • Arizona citizens understand the science of water and the sources available and use this information to motivate and support personal and community-level decision-making.
  • Arizona citizenry is involved in creative problem-solving and innovation in order to manage natural resources for social, environmental, and economic well-being.
  • Arizonans understand the value of water and use it purposefully and responsibly.

Arizona Water Festival & Tucson Water Journey

Give your 4th grade students the chance to put themselves at the center of their own water cycle and observe the phenomena relating to the environment in which they live! Our AWF curriculum Unit drives this learning. Teachers participating in the Arizona Water Festival or Tucson Water Journey programs are required to complete this workshop:


  • Includes distance & online learning tools/resources
  • Incorporates 3-Dimensional Learning
  • Meets 2 of the 11 4th Grade AZ Science Standards:
    • 4.E1U1.6 Plan and carry out an investigation to explore and explain the interactions between Earth’s major systems and the impact on Earth’s surface materials and processes. 
    • 4.E1U3.9 Construct and support an evidence-based argument about the availability of water and its impact on life.

DATES/TIMES: January 21, 28, and February 4 from 3:30-5:00 PM each day

FORMAT: Live facilitated online sessions on Zoom for 1.5 hours each day, small group work, and individual out-of-class assignments on Canvas.

CREDIT HOURS: 7-Hours of Professional Development Credit (Certificate of completion provided)

NOTE: This workshop is a prerequisite workshop for the Arizona Water Festival and/or Tucson Water Journey program for 4th grade students.


Discovery Journey Workshop

Join APW to experience our two-day Discovery Journey workshop. Learn how this unit connects students personally to nature, builds valuable skills, and can become a life long learning tool.

Day 1 learn about the Urban Water cycle, the history of the Santa Cruz River and how to use your body and powers of estimation to make field observations. Then hone your skills at the Sweetwater Wetlands.

Day 2 return with how you implemented the program in your class and what assessment methods you used on student work.


What you get:

  • 13 PD hours
  • $300 stipend after completion of Day 2 assessments.
  • Breakfast and Lunch both days


Connecting Water to all Learners

Arizona Project WET is holding a workshop for 4-12th grade Master Exceptional Education and Special Needs teachers to integrate adaptations and accommodations for special needs and exceptional education students into our water curriculum.

Join us for this three-day workshop, where you will experience our standards-driven lessons and integrate appropriate accommodations for your learners' age group and skill level.

Day 1 Experience our Sweetwater Wetlands water festival and our in-classroom Groundwater, Water Scene Investigation, and other APW lessons.

Day 2 Work in teams to integrate accommodations, adaptations, and extensions into the lessons to make them accessible for your learners.

Day 3 Return in the Spring (date TBD) for a final day of designing skill level assessments and artifacts you and AZ Project WET can use to quantify student learning.