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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.

Schools to Receive WMG Grants for Outdoor Learning Labs in 2014!

Watershed Management Group awarded Schoolyard Education Program grants to three schools in Tucson (and one more to be announced soon). Grant funds will be used to implement projects that will create native habitat areas irrigated with passive water harvesting earthworks. The projects sites will be used as outdoor learning laboratories to engage students and provide teachers with interactive educational opportunities.

The grantees are:

Western Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), Tucson. WILD is a college prep high school, and the project serves 9th-12th grade.

Children's Success Academy (CSA), Tucson. CSA is a state-funded charter school with an 81% Hispanic student body, and the project serves grades K-5.

Peter Howell Elementary School, Tucson. Peter Howell is part of the Tucson Unified School District, and the project serves grades K-5.

Sam Hughes Elementary School, Tucson. Sam Hughes, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is part of the Tucson Unified School District, and 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 may start a program through a fee for service structure or a grant program.  Please contact Joaquin Murrieta at for more information and to get started. View or pass along our Schoolyard Program information sheet.

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. 



2011-2012 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.
  Photo by Bob Bingham.

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