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Schoolyard Water Education

Customized Programs for K-12 Students

WMG's environmental stewardship curriculum focuses on water conservation and wildlife habitat through water harvesting and native gardening activities. Our program has a strong emphasis on hands-on, applied education; therefore, many of our activities are designed to take place outside on the school campus. WMG staff work with teachers to create a customized program to meet the students needs and improve school campuses. Through workshops, students and adult volunteers can install passive water harvesting earthworks, cisterns, edible gardens, and native gardens on campus.

WMG offers in-class activities as well as weekend workshops. If desired, workshops can be arranged with adult volunteers, like students' parents. We work with educational institutions throughout the Tucson to Phoenix, Arizona regions.

WMG to Build Outdoor Learning Labs at 4 Schools in 2015

Four schools in Tucson will receive Watershed Management Group's Schoolyard Education Program grants for 2015! Grant funds will be used to implement projects that create native habitat areas irrigated with passive water harvesting earthworks. These sites will provide the schools with outdoor learning laboratories to engage students and teachers in interactive educational opportunities.

The grantees are:

ACE Charter High School. ACE is a non-profit charter high school that provides education, training and workforce development programs and services. The project serves 9th-12th grade.

Desert View High School. Desert View is near Julian Wash in the Sunnyside School District. The project serves grades 9th - 12th grade.

Empire High School. Empire High is located at the base on the Rincon Mountains near Pantano wash on the southeast side of Tucson. The project serves grades 9th - 12th grade.

International School of Tucson. The International School is housed in the historic Jefferson Park School in central Tucson. The project serves grades K-5.

Congratulations to all, and we look forward to working with you to transform your schools and your student experiece.

Start A Schoolyard Program

Partner with WMG to Start a Program at Your School

Your school can start a program through a fee for service structure or a grant program.  Please contact Joaquin Murrieta for more information and to get started.

Consulting Services (Fee-based): WMG provides discounted consultation services to K-12 schools to assist in planning and implementing integrative and affordable schoolyard landscape solutions. We specialize in coordinating the design and implementation process with curriculum objectives.  

Schoolyard Programs (Fee-based): WMG provides comprehensive educational packages at a discounted rate to K-12 schools. We believe in the importance of engaging students through hands-on implementation of outdoor learning laboratories located at the school. If you are ready to start a program you may contact WMG to set up a site visit and discuss project opportunities and costs.  WMG will provide you with an estimate to run a semester long project or workshop series with your school. 

*Native Habitat through Rain Gardens (Grant funded): WMG periodically receives grant funds from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to cover the implementation costs for creating water harvesting gardens to support native habitat.  Schools who receive grants will be asked to provide matching funds. Based on available funding WMG has one or two grant rounds per year, and selects two to four schools to work with. 


Past Schoolyard Program Projects

Holladay Magnet School, Tucson, AZ

  • An 800-gallon plastic cistern was installed with parent and staff volunteers, and will support existing vegetable and native pollinator gardens.
  • 4th grade students learned about watershed science and water harvesting through two hands-on sessions with WMG staff.