Water is one of our most precious—and endangered—natural resources. That’s why we offer environmental education programs to show people, especially kids, how their actions determine ecological quality. Using engaging hands-on activities and experiments, we teach some science and have some fun.
Teaching people about water science is one of our most important jobs for the future; it is one way we work with consumers to prevent pollution of our region’s drinking water. By preventing contamination of our drinking water, we both protect public health and avoid the cost of cleaning up the environment.
Our mission is to create an educated constituency for clean water by increasing public understanding of how we define water quality, how we are preserving it, and how we are working to improve it. By presenting programs that stress enjoyable hands-on learning, we hope to create “informed consumers” who see the relationship between human activities and ecological impacts, enabling them to make intelligent decisions regarding the future of our environment.
The Regional Water Authority offers a wide variety of water science programs for school classes, scouts and other groups through the Whitney Water Center, an innovative environmental education center. Some programs are taught at the Water Center, located at 945 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, or you can invite the Regional Water Authority into your classroom to present hands-on water science education programs.
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You can also borrow a Water Science Loan Box. Water Science Loan Boxes are self-contained teaching units. Each one of our loan boxes covers a unique topic and contains everything you need for learning about water in your classroom. Choose to do one activity as a supplement to your curriculum or do all of the activities and have a water-themed science week. Borrow a loan box and your students will learn science is FUN.
Project W.A.T.E.R. (Watershed, Aquatic, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research) is a program for sixth- through eighth-grade students. After learning about watersheds and water quality testing in the classroom, a Regional Water Authority Educator will pick up your group at your school and transport your students on the Project W.A.T.E.R. bus to the Mill River watershed in Hamden. The group will make several stops along the river to check temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and nitrate levels to assess the impact that human activities have on water quality. Afterwards, the Educator will help your students interpret the data they have collected. For information on Project W.A.T.E.R., call 203-777-1142.
Programs and Loan Boxes are FREE of charge for students from Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Prospect, Regional District #16, Regional District #17, Seymour, West Haven and Woodbridge. Groups from other areas will be accepted on a space-available, fee basis.
To register for a school program or Project W.A.T.E.R., call the Whitney Water Center at 203-777-1142 between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. The following information is needed when you call:
Approximately one month before your scheduled program, you will be sent a confirmation letter. If you would like a pre-visit packet for your program, please call the Water Center at 203-777-1142 at least two weeks before your program. If you need to cancel your program for any reason, please give us as much notice as possible.
All programs are approximately one hour in length. Many classes cover a wide range of ages. Our staff will present an age-appropriate version of the program for your students. Maximum class size is 30 students.
To reserve a Loan Box, download the reservation form, fill it out and fax it to the Whitney Water Center at 203-603-4952. You may also call the Water Center at 203-777-1142. The Boxes are available free of charge to schools and groups in the Regional Water Authority’s district. Boxes are on loan for a period of ten school days and will be delivered to and picked up from your school.
For more information on Regional Water Authority education programs, call 203-777-1142.